I have taught math in both Texas and Colorado for 12 years. In those 12 years, I have taught from grade 5 - 8. Seven of those years, I taught 8th grade Algebra 1. All 12 years where in a Title 1 school, where most of the students I had were multiple years below grade level. The last 4 years of my teaching career, I taught my grade level math class as well as the 6th, 7th and 8th-grade Algebra 1 Honors classes. I had A LOT of preps!! So I understand the frustrations that come along with teaching math.
I am mostly a direct teaching type of style with tons of scaffolding. That is where you will see a lot of my lessons are powerpoints with just problems, where I would teach/talk my way through the lesson. While some teachers like myself, just needed the problems, there are teachers out there that do need help with how to teach a specific lesson. I make my lesson plans where you could literally read them like a script. However, I had extensive professional development on PBL, and brought it into my classroom for two years. That is why you will also find some PBL projects that I literally made and designed on my own, and completed multiple years in my classroom.
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My Bachelor's is in Mathematics 4 - 6 I am one class shy of graduating with my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I have had 3 students teachers, that have grown into very successful math teachers themselves. I have also mentored 2 teachers in their first year of teaching, where they have also become very successful math teachers. My favorite part of teaching was helping other teachers. I even ventured out into other subjects other than math.
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