Navigating the Middle

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Navigating the Middle
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Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert the negatives into positives.
 
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Cultivate the growth mindset in your classroom with this creative back-to-school activity that teaches students that learning new concepts require perseverance through failures with success at the end. Students must fail to succeed and every
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A back-to-school, get-to-know you, kinesthetic, ratio game. The PowerPoint presentation contains scenarios that students will choose that represents them the best and move to that side of the room. Then, with the class results, students will
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A back-to-school activity where students must follow directions to create a pennant. Students will learn how to write a SMART goal from a PowerPoint presentation and then write that goal on their pennant that you can hang in your classroom to
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A back-to-school getting to know your classmates game. Students will go around the room and find people who match each description on the bingo board. Description examples include… find someone who can curl his tongue or find someone who loves
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Knowing a child's learning style will really help develop the growth mindset early on in the year and make the child successful. Students will take a multiple intelligences test online with instant results. Included in the PowerPoint presentation
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MAKE RATIOS COME ALIVE in your classroom!!! Show students how ratios connect to the real world with this artistic, hands-on, interactive activity where students get to mix paint to create the perfect ratio recipe that if reproduced, the same exact
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A back-to-school activity that gives a snapshot of who your students at the beginning of the year. Students fill out a worksheet of favorites (book, TV show, movie, musician, best friend, etc.), what they want to be when they grow up, where they
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I completed my student teaching at the American School in London, England (ASL) teaching 4th grade. I also wrote an entire human body interactive unit and taught it to all the 4th grade classes. I taught for 7 years in the Corona/Norco Unified School District in Norco, CA, grades 2, 3, 5 and 6. I have been teaching 6th grade math for 15 years in the Kyrene School District in Tempe, AZ.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I use the student-centered approach to learning in my teaching. Facilitating student learning through investigations and hands-on learning experiences is my primary goal. I plan innovative lessons centered on the real-world that engage students and allow them to play an active and participatory role in their own learning process. I am a kinesthetic learner and that is how I teach. My classroom resembles a gumball machine because my students sit on yoga balls and they are constantly rolling out the door. I use creativity and as much enthusiasm as I can muster to really engage my students and show why and how math has a purpose in their lives.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Awarded The Carmen Lewis Schaecher Memorial Scholarship for exemplary work in student teaching, 1995. Nominated for the Tempe Diablos Teaching Award for Innovation, 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student in College of Education- California Baptist, 2000 Outstanding Senior, Northern Arizona University, 1995

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Middle School Mathematics 6-8 Endorsement University of San Diego- English as a Second Language, PreK-12 California Baptist University- Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Reading Northern Arizona University- Bachelor of Science in Education, Science and Math Emphasis

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In school, I always excelled in math and science. I thought I wanted to be a doctor (like my dad) when I grew up, so I packed my bags and headed to the University of Arizona (GO WILDCATS) to major in anatomy and physiology and minor in math. Then, during my junior year, I realized that I did not want to become a doctor, but I had no idea what I wanted to do. Many girls in my sorority (Alpha Delta Pi) were education majors, so I decided to take an education class and I loved it!!!! I am now following in the footsteps of my mom, grandmother and great grandmother who were all teachers. Teaching is my passion and destiny; it is what I was born to do. And teaching middle school is always an adventure! Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose!

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