30+ years of teaching middle school, primarily focused on math, algebra and geometry, as well as advanced placement math classes. Have also taught adult education algebra classes, as well as high school math equivalency classes for high school dropouts, in the areas of basic math and algebra. Sponsored National Junior Honor Society. Eighth grade team leader for 10 years. Middle School Math Curriculum Coordinator; competition coordinator.
I prefer for students to work in pairs. Students have a warm up activity and a review of concepts taught in the unit so far, then are taught a lesson and work in pairs to solve the day's problems. Each student is responsible for a math notebook containing vocabulary, examples, formulas, drawings, definitions. Homework is typically a review and practice assignment to be completed within a couple of days. Students have my home phone number, and can receive tutoring before or after school.
Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2004. Nominated to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. Nominated for Teacher of the Year by Kansas Assoc. of Independent School in 2005, 2006. Winner of 2008 AMC 8 Edyth May Sliffe Award. Awarded grants in 1994, 2003, 2004 by Garvey Grants, Credit Union of America, and Southwestern Bell.
Bachelor's degree from Emporia State Teachers College. Master's degree from Wichita State University. Post-graduate professional development from University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Newman University, Friends University, and Wichita State University. Workshop presenter: Problem Solving Across the Curriculum; Middle School Hands-On Math Projects.
Co-authored a set of 5 Math Fundamentals Study Guides, published by BarCharts, Inc. Developed Summer School math remedial and enrichment curriculum for two-week summer programs. Developed Middle School Math spreadsheet "scope and sequence of math concepts from grades 6 through 8". Developed a 100-page booklet entitled "Geometry for Middle School Students".
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