Since being awarded an M.Ed in Secondary Mathematics 2004 and an MS in Mathematics 2006, I have taught sections of Statistics (some with a lab using Excel), Pre-Calc, Trigonometry, developmental Algebra, Algebra II, Contemporary Math I and II. These sections are all taught at the community college level. For the developmental level of algebra I have used CoursesCompasses, MyMathLab and WebAssign in my instruction. I’ve also used many web sites to supplement my lectures.
I embrace the use of technology to aid in instruction. I’ve used Geometer Sketchpad for discovery of area of trapezoids, circumference of circles, arc-length & arc-angles and relations of parallel lines. I used Microsoft Excel for discovery of the general form of the area of pyramids and cones and in Statistics I assigned a project to compare two data bases using mean, variance, standard deviation, CVAR, grouped data and charts. I’ve used SmartView, an TI-83 and TI-84 Graphing calculator emulator, for introducing the coordinate plane, linear equations & relations and measures of variations including Box-and-Whisker plots. I’ve used manipulatives, including algebra tiles and ones I created for demonstrating the properties of parallel lines, finding equations from patterns and multiplication of polynomials.
To stay current, I’ve attend several seminars and workshops. The seminars are given by people involved with Focus on Mathematics and PROMYS (Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists) which stresses habits of the mind. The other seminars were given by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (green energy goes to school), Texas Instruments in the use of their graphing calculators, including downloadable instruction, and ETS at AP Statistics reading of the AP Exams.
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