This is my sixth year as a 6th grade math teacher. I've found that with the change to Common Core, our textbooks are just outdated and don't match my way of teaching concrete math in order to help understanding. My goal every year for my students who express to me that they don't like math, is to have them at least for one day (hopefully more) to say that they had enjoyed the class and the lesson when they didn't expect to. This is my fourth year of teaching majority of special education classes. I think by teaching these classes I have become a better mathematician and a better teacher because of learning how to concretely get them to understand a topic before getting into algorithms.
I like student centered activities; any exploration or use of manipulatives in the classroom is the best way to get students engaged. I like using PowerPoint for practice where students can use dry erase boards. I probably using this type of practice at least twice a week.
I was nominated for Teacher of the Year, but I didn't meet the qualifications because I had not taught for 5 full years in the county.
Salisbury University Class of 2010, Major in Elementary Education and a Minor in Mathematics. Working on my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction
Couldn't imagine doing anything else besides teaching :)
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