I am about to begin my 6th year in Education. During my first two years as a teacher, I taught Geometry and College Algebra to students in an alternative education setting. I then taught Geometry and Algebra 2 for two years in a public charter school. I then spent my 5th year primarily outside the classroom coaching, mentoring and providing professional development to 1st and 2nd year teachers new to the teaching profession primarily coming from alternative certification programs. I also spent much of my time coordinating state standardized testing and data analysis for my campus. This year, I am so excited to return to the classroom as a full-time Algebra I teacher at at a large (3500 students +), highly-ranked suburban public school in the suburbs of Houston. Outside of the school setting, I have worked as a curriculum writer and consultant for Rice University STEMscopes writing math connections to supplement their science "scopes." I have also been involved in the on-boarding of Teach for America corps members at Rice University during their summer institute as a math instructional coach.
I am a strong introvert, my teaching style has naturally evolved to be very student-centered. I just don't have enough energy to make it teacher centered for 6+ hours a day! Because of this, my lessons include a lot of student discussion (with teacher facilitation), guided and independent practice protocols and inquiry based (discovery) lessons when appropriate for the objective. I see the teacher as the facilitator of knowledge in the classroom (not the deliverer of knowledge) which means that I spend a lot of time asking questions to draw the answers out of students instead of giving them the answers. When planning for a lesson, I examine each standard and create sub-standards (objectives) based on prior measurements of student mastery (diagnostics, prior year's standardized assessments). I then decide how the objective would be best taught--discovery or direct teach--sometimes its a mix of both. I have developed my style after teaching from a scripted "5E" lesson. I use the components of the constructivist 5E model (engage-explore-explain-elaborate-evaluate) in a more flexible fashion depending on my students and the objective being taught. I am a huge fan of flexible grouping and student-driven differentiated instruction because it drives results! This year I will be going to be crafting a 100% flipped classroom with an online platform integrating many free technology apps to formatively assess students in the moment to further individualize the education experience that I am providing for my students. Because students in high school math may have a more fixed mindset about their abilities, I spend a lot of time highlighting growth, delivering specific praise, and modeling growth mindset by "planting mistakes" during my delivery (this is when I turn on my actress skills :-)).
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I never thought that I would have become a math teacher. My first love is history but I always saw the value in being proficient at math. However, during high school I was always overshadowed by the "boys" and never thought that I was "that good" at math until my Calculus III professor in college praised and highlighted my work-ethic and consistency in the practice of mathematics. I spent my college days as a teaching assistant for John Allen Paulous, (ABCNews contributor, author of "Innumeracy" and "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper") which taught me how to make math engaging and relevant to individuals whose first passion is not mathematics. Seeing the great need for strong mathematics instruction at the secondary level, I received my teaching certificate in Math 8-12 through an alternative certification program and have been teaching and advocating for math education ever since.
Certification Areas: Math 8-12, English as a Second Language Undergraduate Degree: Temple University, B.A. History Master's Degree: University of St. Thomas-Houston, M.Ed Teacher Leadership I believe in the power of teachers and teacherpreneurs coming together to positively impact education. Follow me on Instagram: @jacquehope