I have been teaching elementary school since 1998. I am currently a 4th grade teacher. I skillfully enhance every single lesson in the EngageNY-Eureka Math Modules for teachers, students, and parents. Lessons are enhanced with: *typed-out lesson objectives *simplified directions *enlarged font *bold and underlined key words *better layout (work space) *extra practice lessons *typed-out application problems *typed-out higher order thinking questions (H.O.T.) *mid & end of module reviews *interactive Smart Board features
Inquiry-based learning, blended with real-life applications, and hands-on activities.
2011, PBS National Teacher Innovation Award Winner (math strategies, student engagement, creativity, & innovation). 2012 Public Education Grant winner. www.mathstervakkas.com (math video problems & video interactive read alouds).
Masters degree in Elementary Education.
I love spending time and sharing laughs with my beautiful wife, two wonderful boys, and our playful dog. I also enjoy teaching, playing basketball, biking, swimming, reading, and boating.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Other (Science), Health, Math Test Prep, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Statistics, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Writing, Mental Math, Decimals, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Coaching, Test Preparation, Early Intervention, Engineering, Classroom Community