This site is a collection of thoughts, links, ideas, and resources for Secondary Math Teachers.
that the discovery process allows students to take ownership of the material, understand the content more deeply, and remember the concepts. Inquiry style lessons, or investigations, guide students to discover properties, formulas, and concepts for themselves. Instead of presenting students with a formula or rule, you give them a lesson that is structured to help them develop the formula or rule on their own. When your class understands WHY the rule works and HOW it was developed, they do not have to memorize it - they can reproduce it themselves at any time!
that students retain material better when they are taught with a right-brain / left-brain integrated approach. When we can add a bit of color, doodling, or creativity into a logic-based class, we require the two hemispheres of the brain to work together. This has been proven to lead to an increase in learning, focus, relaxation, retention, and internalization of the lesson material! Students can really benefit from visual triggers. I love to let them interact with math content through coloring, sketching, or doodling in a productive and related way!
that math class can be approached with creativity! Spicing it up with some variety while keeping the rigor level high is the ultimate combo!
Here are some great places to dive into the teaching strategies that I believe in and have seen great results from:
I am obviously a math dork, but I'm also a wife and a mom. I have a wonderful "ruggedly handsome" husband and a very sweet little girl. I started out teaching in Ohio. After spending a couple years in Texas on the US-Mexico border, we were able to move back up north - closer to family. (Yay!) While I am certainly loving the hiking, campfires, and snow up here, I really miss my palm trees and sunshine!
Ever since I first got hooked on inquiry-based learning, I have tried to develop better ways to teach this way. I have also been very busy developing resources that make math education more fun and successful. I like to give students a challenge and try to make everything really rigorous.
I've been loving the process of developing a new teaching strategy I call "doodle notes." They have completely cured all the students' note-day dread, while also boosting their brains! Even the kids are amazed at how much more they are able to retain. It has been absolutely amazing to see the results of this method. I'm totally hooked on the doodles, and have been diving into the research, process, and benefits that these offer. As I perfect my own creation of visual triggers and doodle-analogies to maximize the benefits of these pages, I also teach about how to make your own in the Doodle Note Club.
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