The paths to "Eureka" moments: Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Education

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E2-Exemplify collaboration within the school

E2-Exemplify collaboration within the school

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Teacher-candidates participate collaboratively and professionally in school activities using appropriate and respectful verbal and written communication.

Teacher-candidates participate collaboratively and professionally in school activities and using appropriate and respectful verbal and written communication.

As a teacher, I must be able to work cooperatively with school staff and faculty. Throughout faculty interactions, I must not only be professionally appropriate, but also ensure that my tone and words communicate respect.

Throughout working as a student teacher, I have worked with my mentor teacher to create many student worksheets used either during lessons or as homework. I have also worked with math faculty to analyze assessment data in order to inform instruction. The school I student teach at is a pilot school for the Math Benchmark Assessment (MBA) and as such, the teachers are required to analyze their classroom data and provide feedback to the assessment creators. A “work in progress” is given in the following link. MBA Rational

 

This data analysis focused on one of the Washington State Standards and described the ability levels of students on that particular topic. Through the analysis, we worked to also describe the effectiveness of the district in providing instructional materials which aligned to the same standards.

In working collaboratively with faculty to create this analysis, I learned the power of multiple perspectives, gained insight from experienced teachers, and developed mutual respect for those I worked with. In the future, I feel collaboration will be key to my success as a first year teacher, but also as an effective member of the educational community.

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Math Riddles- Collaboration within the school!

E2- Exemplify collaboration within the school

Teacher-candidates participate collaboratively and professionally in school activities and using appropriate and respectful verbal and written communication.

As a teacher, I regularly engage in activities, meetings, and school events in a positive and professional manner.

IMG_20130205_150637One way that I have been able to communicate and interact with students outside of the classroom and in different grade levels is through the creation of “Math Riddles”. In articulating mathematical concepts in a fun and engaging way, I have given students a way to put their problem solving skills to use and see math as associated with fun! Each week I have posted a new math riddle outside the cafeteria with space for students to sign their names after presenting me with the correct solution. Rewards have been given to the first few students to answer correctly. At first the riddles were solved by student in my classroom, then, after a few weeks, several students from other classes began to solve them as well.

While this is just one way to reach out and connect with the student body as a whole, (I am also volunteering with the track team, regularly participating in staff events/meetings, and collaborating on lesson planning with other math teachers and in sharing resources) I believe it is an important source of connection.

In creating the math riddles, I am making math more accessible to students as well as making creating a specific reason for IMG_20130205_150657conversations with other students. I have learned to use games and riddles such as these to present math in a respectful and engaging way. Just this week, a student presented me with a math code that he had created, after looking it over I asked if I could use it as my next math riddle. How exciting to be able to not only challenge students, but use student designed material to do so!

In addition to presenting math in a new way, this supplemental material communicates my desire to be present in the school and be more than just a teacher confined to the classroom.

IMG_20130205_150644In the future I will continue to make my presence known at the middle school through additional math riddles, volunteer opportunities, and in collaboration with school staff and students.