I have been teaching mathematics in middle school and high school for 35 years. I enjoy working with students one-on-one.
It is important to me that my students understand what they are learning. Rote learning in the mathematics classroom is of value only up to a point. Ultimately I want to help a student reach success in math by fostering their ability to master mathematical concepts, to see how those concepts are linked, to be able to think critically, and to effectively apply concepts in problem solving. Despite the fact that particular mathematics skills may never be used in the “real world,” the thinking skills that underlie them certainly will. I expect to be involved in education in some form for the rest of my life. I love teaching. It’s exhilarating to witness the spark that occurs when a student “gets it.”
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