Graduated and taught since 2009 (including three summer school sessions).
The kind where students learn and know they're learning. The kind of style where the tests actually look like the reviews. The kind that designs testing formats like the ACT, even just in Algebra, because that's the only test that really matters for the rest of their lives, because college is an ever expanding big business bubble: one of only two sectors (with healthcare) that has held increases through any economic disparity. College tuition is too unfair compared to what it's supposed to be (like it was in the '70s)
I was always honored to have my students perform 20% better than the next highest class on a DEPARTMENTAL exam. But please keep asking me how I "know" my students are learning. I was honored to save the lives of a total of 10 students who wanted to take their own lives. I was grateful to be in the right place when I saw a student hit by a truck pulling out of a parking lot in the dark morning hour, stepping in front of traffic shouting, hoping for the cars to stop in time while this young lady was motionless in the street. The cars stopped. It was one of my students. I still taught that day. I was honored to have the Assistant Principal pull me into my classroom, offer to have the day off, and pray for my steadiness when I insisted on teaching that day. I was honored to see that young lady in wonderful health and be able to attend Prom that year with her date. I was honored to rescue a genius, wise, and amazingly compassionate young lady from a fatherless, lonely, and hopeless home, going from being our babysitter to being provided for with so much daily care by my wife and I. I am honored that my students have a teacher that is against the typical pedagogy and in favor of them learning through methods that actually work. It's not rocket science. They see their teacher thinking about how their materials look to them rather than just being a teacher picking things that are only easy to implement for ... you guessed it ... the teacher. Ha. I am honored when administration congratulates my efforts. But either way, my approach sees students do the best they've ever done in a class who expected to fail, renewing their spirits for the rest of their academic career. Doing this makes me have to be motivational (speak the truth, against comforts), which is not exactly favorable to entitled individuals in a small rural town, rural, overly comfortable setting where overly coddled students somehow need taught the necessary character to survive the world, let alone make a difference in it. When I see proof of real change and my students see proof of how self-entitlement does actual damage to themselves and others, it is its own honor and award to watch as they become more loyal to the truth they get from their teacher instead of the entitlement they guard themselves with, often put on by, sometimes, the biggest kids of all: parents. As teachers, I think we can all nod our heads to that. ;)
Florida Institute of Technology (current - Graduate Program) Cybersecurity & Information Assurance Eastern Michigan University Graduate - Pure Mathematics Undergrad - Mathematics, Psychology certified (Secondary Ed)
I will offer up my template designs for your customization in regards to Common Core additions or if you're still in your own state's standards. I will have the whole catalog of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 sections on my products.