I am now in my 28th year of teaching math. I have taught 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade math. Currently, I am teaching 7th grade math in the state of Texas. Math standards have changed here recently and I am working on different activities to engage my students in learning. Stations and small group instruction make big impacts in student learning. The problem is that it does take time. I try to create stations that take little to no prep time so that they are ready to use in math stations. I also like to share ways that I organize and use them in my classroom. Some of my activities can be used more than one way.
I incorporate a little bit of everything when I teach, but mostly I facilitate learning. I feel variety is important. Technology, cooperative learning, group discussions and independent work are all important for students because it engages them in learning. I love to create fun, different and interesting activities, because that is what students like.
I am proud and honored to say that I have been elected as Teacher of the Year for a total of three times on the two campuses I have worked at. I have also been elected as Teacher of the Year for my district twice, once as Elementary Teacher of the Year for my district and once as Secondary Teacher of the Year for my district.
I graduated from Alice High School in Alice, Texas. I then attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville (now known as Texas A&M University in Kingsville, TAMUK), where I received an Associate's Degree and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education with a specialization in Mathematics.
As a student, I always struggled with math, until I met some amazing high school math teachers that made it fun and interesting. I use this as motivation to make math fun and interesting for my students. Math is difficult as it is for some, so why not make it fun?
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