I have been teaching mathematics for 14 years at urban middle and high schools in Michigan. I have taught summer bridge classes, remedial math classes, pre-algebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, pre-calculus, and geometry.
I vary the strategies often so that the lessons reach as many students as possible. Although I use direct instruction for new material, I try to use student discovery and inductive reasoning as much as I can. I try to make learning fun, relevant and rewardingly successful. I use a lot of graphic organizers while teaching to help scaffold the students to proficiency.
My school's "Teacher of the Month" for January 2015 Served on Instructional Leadership Team from 2011-2013
Teaching is my third career and is by choice! I have a chemical engineering background, was a patent agent, and, now, am a secondary math teacher. I have a Masters in the Art of Teaching with an emphasis on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. Besides my certification in math, I am also certified to teach chemistry.
I have taught mathematics for 14 years in urban districts in Michigan. I have taught mathematics for 7th through 12th grades. I enjoy planning and creating activities and exercises. Usually, I create activities, worksheets, etc. because I am not able to readily find what I am looking for online or in textbooks. My students range widely in skill and knowledge within each class, so I find that I create scaffolding-type exercises as well as assignments that involve higher-ordering thinking.
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