I have taught elementary school (5th grade, and worked with students from grades 1-6), and middle school math (mostly 6th and 7th grade, with some 8th grade algebra thrown in) for more than 16 years. I like making math understandable, and I use manipulatives and investigations to help students gain a more concrete understanding of topics. My greatest joy is to have the "lightbulb" go on inside a child's head when they finally "get it"! Having worked with middle school students for so long, I feel I have gained a lot of insight into their thinking, and I have become much more patient with them.
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