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As a math education specialist, I work well with many different types of students from middle school through adult. I also bring an energy and love of my subject that helps students connect with their work. My creativity and an ability to connect math to real world applications, and dedication to my students are some of the things that set me apart as a teacher.
I have my masters plus extensive additional coursework. With over 15 years experience teaching math, and science I am well versed in various topics from pre-algebra through calculus (including algebra 1 and 2, geometry, pre-calculus and probability) as well as SAT and GRE prep.
Algebra 2 includes a more thorough exploration of functions with an emphasis on quadratics and polynomials. A primary focus is connecting the graphical, table and equation formats of functions to each other and learning about domain and range. Finally you learn about the wide variety of real world situations that can be modeled to predict future outcomes from current data.
Calculus is the study of rates of change, and has numerous and varied applications from business, to physics, to medicine. The complexity of the topics involved however, require that your grasp of mathematical concepts and function properties is strong.
I have helped numerous students master both the foundations and the specific skills taught in a variety of calculus courses.
I took PROMYS (Program in Math for Young Scientists) for teachers at BU several years ago (1992) as part of my master's program, this intense summer course involved studying number theory and discrete math topics full time (40+ hours/week) for a month and a half. I also do extensive work with logic and set theory in my honors geometry classes.
Geometry is the study and exploration of logic and visual reasoning. There are numerous tools and facts that you need to understand and then you build on them throughout the year. At the end of this course, a student should be able to make and critique logical arguments and calculate missing parts of a geometric diagram.
Pre-calculus is the study of function families and their behavior. It includes transformations, trig and lots of modeling of real world behavior. When teaching Pre-calculus I focus on helping students to make the connections between the graphical, table and equation forms of the functions we work with.
Upbeat, Experienced and Highly Efficient — Chris did a terrific job in his first lesson and we signed up for 3 more immediately. My daughter is struggling in Honors Geometry and Chris's mastery of the subject and light touch had her learning right from the start. Chris was incredibly efficient at zeroing in on what my daughter needed to focus on and even made her laugh a couple of times. That's an accomplishment! ...
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