As a public educator, I aim to share my story with those interested about what really happens inside today's classroom. I hope my stories inspire, educate, and entertain you, as the calling of teaching is never neat or predictable. Please note that my blog content does not necessarily reflect the viewpoints or beliefs of my school district or colleagues.
Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown
My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.
"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather
"The weeklyMathematicalabs that we have in my Calculus 3 class are set up so that some background material (usually a combination of math concepts and newMathematica commands) is presented in the lab handout followed by some situations centered around questions, the answers to which are likely to involve Calculus 3 andMathematica. I saidlikely, notinevitably. There is no rule that says students must use Calculus 3 to answer the question. The only rules are: (1) the entire solution has to be done in aMathematicanotebook, and (2) the solutions have to be clear, convincing, and mathematically correct.
What’s been good about this approach is that promotes an ownership mindset of the mathematics in the class. Students get very creative and engaged when they have some say in the proceedings and it’s not just parroting what they learned in class. The lab problems are created so that they apply what we’ve learned in class, but often students will find some creative workaround."