Hi! I'm Daniel, and I'm a 27-year-old high school math teacher who enjoys relating higher-level mathematics to teenage students.
I've taught Algebra I and Geometry to all types of students -- all levels across all demographics -- at three different school districts.
I love working with kids, and I like easing their fears about struggling with mathematics. To me, struggling in a subject matter is part of the process of becoming an expert, and I like to challenge students and make them explain mathematical processes. I believe that if a student is able to explain to another how to do something, he/she has mastered that topic. Convincing a student that making a mistake is okay is one of the biggest barriers to success. Even now, I make mistakes in front of entire classes, but they happen to everyone. It's part of being human and learning.
Having been a student for most of my life, including now, I understand just how scary it can be to make a mistake, especially in front of peers. I've had frustrated students become experts, and there's not many more satisfying feelings as a teacher or student. I'm really down-to-earth, and I'm pretty sure my students have never seen me get angry or frustrated.
For three years before going into teaching, I was a sports writer with a website writing recaps and news stories. I absolutely love everything about sports (especially Philadelphia teams) and statistics, and I think the math behind sports is fascinating. I believe the job experience before teaching gives me a different perspective than someone who went right from school into teaching, having seen sometimes how math can be used in reality. I love relating math to sports with kids, and a lot of them seem to love it, too.
I really like getting to know my students and understanding what makes them tick, and I think I give students a certain level of respect that makes them want to learn from me. I'm looking forward to teaching mathematics to students for a long time, and I hope we can start a successful working relationship!
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