I have taught reading and math intervention as well as 6th-grade on-level and advanced courses at a magnet school over the last six years.
I like to engage in what I call "dynamic lecture" style of teaching. I am the expert in the room, and the students are there to learn all they can from me, so they take notes every day on new math concepts. Don't think, however, that it's merely "copy this and be done." No, the notes come from the students' answering questions and discovering the patterns and rules that create the steps we have come to rely on for solving many of the math problems we encounter. They actively participate in discussion as they jot down the ideas generated from them (with my helpful, expert guidance, of course!).
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I originally received my Bachelor of Arts in Education for English/Language Arts, but my first teaching job required knowing how to help students in math as well. I had always done very well in my math classes throughout the elementary and secondary years, so I was willing to take on the challenge. After teaching that class for a year, I decided to get an additional certification in mathematics, and after intense study and aid from Khan Academy and some fellow colleagues, I managed to pass the certification exam. Once passed, it opened the door for me to teach a full 6th-grade class rather than just intervention, and I've been developing and perfecting my teaching style in a subject I did not intend to teach... and I'm loving every minute of it!
I have always loved stories about magic and fantasy, so I take that love and incorporate it into my teaching. As such, you'll find that some of my products will have a magical flair to them. You can feel free to implement the lessons as is with all the magical touches, or you can change it up to fit your own classroom theme and style! Because a lot of what I do builds on other things tied into the theme of magic, some of my products are best bought as a package rather than individually, though individual product purchases are perfectly useful.