As I gain more experience as a teacher, the more diverse lessons I have created. From social justice to culturally relevant to groupworthy lessons, I have pushed my students thinking. I challenge their understanding of the mathematics, because math is used to make sense of the real world. I want my students to understand that math is not just "plugging and chugging" but also analyzing and making sense of their answers. I have tried to create these types of lessons for all of the classes I teach. Below are the links to the pages to the lessons I have made for a particular class. I have attached a description of the lesson, lesson documents, and a sample of student work.
As Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry are core math courses, I have tried to include activities that would reach a wide range of students. My goal for each activity was to have each student actively engaged. It was important for me to have them learn not only the math content but soft skills such as communication and how to work in groups. These activities focus on problem-solving and critical thinking.
Senior Math, unlike the other two courses, does not have a set-in-stone curriculum, so I created my own! With this class, I take advantage of the creative freedom and explore more of the fun sides of math. With this course, we focus on personal finance, but I also get the seniors thinking about life after high school. Using their personal aspirations and goals, we explore how math is in their everyday life, from apartment hunting, budgeting, credit cards, loans, 401(k), credit scores, and everything in between. As a project-based class, we do a semester-long simulation I like to call #Adulting. Students use their future career and build a salary-based budget and pay monthly bills and other expenses that randomly arise. This gives students a low-risk hands-on experience of what it means to be a financially responsible adult. Every year I've done this, I've gotten very positive responses from students as they appreciate a class that prepares them for the real world.
After finishing my master's program, I began to focus on incorporating more technology into my classroom. I began focusing on how to incorporate STEAM/STEM into the traditional classroom to enhance students' understanding of math and science concepts and how they relate to English and Social Studies. After my Algebra 1 project and incorporating 3D printers, I was asked by my administrator to teach an Intro to Engineering class and start a STEM club. Due to the pandemic, I was unable to start the STEM club and Intro to Engineering online during the 2020 - 2021 school year. Thus, I didn't get to incorporate a lot of the physical technology that was available (i.e. 3D printers, filament recycler, laser cutter, VR goggles). I used a lot of digital technology (i.e Scratch, TinkerCAD, PhET Lab, NASA lessons) to give the best learning experience I could give.
As mentioned above, as I grow and learn as an educator, the type of lessons and activities I plan and showcase will become better and more engaging. So check back often!