My name is Toby Christian, and I live in Abilene, Texas. Although I am 48 years old, I just finished my 3rd year of teaching. I wish I had been teaching all along, but apparently my preparation required 25 years! During this 25 year "training" period, my employment ranged from an hourly position, to management, to being a business owner. I have spent time in the sales world, in production, distribution, and the non-profit realm. Literally every aspect of my past career helped humble me and prepare me to become a junior high teacher, especially being a salesman, a sales trainer, and a sales manager. These sales roles gave me an extremely valuable and effective training ground for dealing with teenagers and teaching them something they're not excited about (yet!).
I approach teaching math as if I were a coach (although I am not). I initially strive to develop their fundamentals and their confidence. As time goes on, I begin adding more difficult scenarios and word problems, eventually pushing them beyond their comfort zones. I use crazy stories, analogies, videos, and "mysterious" situations. Ultimately, in addition to teaching them the required math TEKS, my goal is to teach them and guide them in learning how to actually think.
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Graduated from the LEAP magnet program at Lubbock High School in 1987. I then earned a BBA in Economics from Baylor University.
I am riddled with ADD. My wife is a principal (not in my district). My dad was a teacher, coach, and principal before retiring and becoming a secondary education professor. I played basketball at Baylor University from '87 to '91 (the goal seems much higher now and the shorts are much longer!).