Veritas High School
Classes: Precalculus, Geometry, and Personal Finance
Extracurriculars: Mentor 2.0 Advisor, boys and girls Soccer Coach, and co Athletic Director
How did I get to Veritas?
Parts about teaching:
1. getting students to think critically, make connections, and develop more self-confidence in their math skills
2. helping them become better prepared for college and find their career aspirations
Movies (genre): Fermat's Room and The Prestige (suspense)
Author (genre): John Grisham (legal thrillers)
Music genres: Country, some Pop, Celtic, and Contemporary Christian
TV shows: Jeopardy, The Tonight Show, the Bachelor, SYTYCD, X Factor
Subject in HS: Chemistry
Places I've visited: Machu Picchu (Peru), Serengeti (Tanzania), and Victoria Falls (Zambia)
Soccer, tennis, golf, and running for charity in races
Watching WI sports teams (mainly Brewers, Badgers, and Packers)
Live music (and karaoke)
I believe that math is much more than numbers, graphs, equations, etc. To me, math is recognizing and applying patterns using a logical reasoning, problem-solving process. It's like a puzzle with hints and clues! In this sense, math can be carried over into any profession.
I believe that, no matter what your past experience is with math, you can be successful at it with a positive attitude, persistent effort, and with a desire to understand. This goes far beyond simply "doing what the teacher does".
Standards Based Grading
I view homework as practice and students should always put their best effort into homework, because it's your first chance to see if you understand something. Whether homework is graded or not, students should realize that you're doing it for yourself, not for me.
Because we all learn differently, we retest standards multiple times so students can show improvement, which leads to mastery.