I am a certified K-6 Level I Elementary School Teacher with three years of classroom experience. I also have a Masters Degree in Education. I'm also certified to teach 7-9 Mathematics and I am a registered civil engineer who has mentored and tutored many young students during my 30 year career. I teach the following elementary education subjects:
Elementary students learn through an integrated model of language arts in which they engage in reading, writing, speaking, and listening across content areas. They learn both key literacy skills and strategies as well as how those skills and strategies help them grow as successful readers and writers. Key literacy skills target phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, oral language, and writing. Literacy strategies include predicting, questioning, summarizing, drawing conclusions, and evaluating information. As they progress through each grade level, classroom teachers help students apply skills and strategies to a wide variety of texts that become increasingly complex.
The elementary social studies curriculum is based on the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Civics and Government, History, Geography, and Economics. Through a study of civic, historic, geographic, and economic issues, students are empowered with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make informed decisions that are relevant to their lives today. Students develop the critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills to become responsible and productive citizens in our culturally diverse and interdependent world.
Elementary students engage in a math experience that balances deep conceptual understanding with computational skills to assist them in becoming successful critical thinkers and innovative problem solvers. The program utilizes Investigations in Number, Data and Space.
The Elementary Science Scope and Sequence is the culmination of a complete and thorough standards alignment initiative. Sequenced coverage of the content is spiraled throughout the elementary levels to ensure a balanced coverage of all eligible content that is both vertically and horizontally aligned. The focus in grades K-3 is biological science with an introduction to earth/environmental science. Supplemental materials utilized by teachers in K-3 align with biological or environmental science topics. As students move into 4th and 5th grades physical science plays a more prominent role and additional earth/environmental science topics are incorporated. In grades 4 and 5 grades supplemental materials utilized must align with physical science topics. Text support is infused into the curricula in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. Strategies for reading more advanced science texts are developed in 5th grade through facilitated reading
Elementary math concepts are taught using differentiated lessons. All of us integrate new information differently. Some learn best by listening, some are more visual, others learn easily with concrete objects. I'll help your student understand the mathematical language from which they can grow to understand concepts and how they apply in everyday real life examples. My hope is that not only will they meet their grade level expectations, but that they will gain self confidence. Elementary math is ever more challenging for our students today as curriculum is developed and redeveloped. Math can be fun - really fun. I can help students enjoy learning while becoming more confident, competent young students and perhaps future engineers...
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To learn about science is to learn by inquiring, doing, seeing, observing, discovering, constructing - we ask questions: How does it? Why? What hapens when? What if we change....?
This is inquiry-based, student-centered learning. Students learn best while doing science rather than merely reading about this or that aspect of science. The sense of discovery in this engagement has students become active participants in their own learning.
We will study ‘what’ is happening in a given problem to ‘why’ it is happening, learn to be a problem solver, and build the capacity to make observations, develop explanations based on data, seek and consider concepts and ideas related to information, and discover other applications that apply to them. "Oh, this is just like what I saw in a game I played...". Knowledge is transferred. Think of the numerous scientific concepts observed in the game application - Angry Birds.
Through science, I will help your child learn how to learn with a sense of discovery. In this way, students become life-long learners, understanding that skills and content are transferable as they creatively construct new knowledge.
The main focus of geometry is on plane and solid figures and their properties. A major emphasis is triangle properties and relationships. Coordinate graphing, slope, and linear equations are also presented. Through the study of geometry, the student will:
• Develop proficiency in using geometry to solve problems in everyday life.
• Expand his/her understanding of mathematical concepts.
• Improve his/her logical thinking skills
• Gain an understanding of geometry as a study of the mathematical relationships of objects in
the world around us.
• Gain an appreciation of how mathematics relates to the world of work.
This is a broad overview of a pre-algebra course. I'll help you discover the missing link or concept(s) that keep you "stuck" in your understanding of pre-algebra concepts. For a lot of us, we need to see it to understand it and when we get into variables, the picture gets fuzzy. My hope for you (my student) is that you'll say "this isn't so bad" or better yet "I get it... and it's fun to figure the answers out!" Maybe I'll meet a future engineer who sees math as a big road block. I'd like to turn your road block into a 10-lane un-obstructed super highway!
In pre-algebra we learn the concept of numbers and how they are manipulated, managed, and represented on the xy-coordinate system. The crucial skills gained in this course include analysis of numerical relations and spatial-visual understanding of graphing principles. The skills they learn in this course will stay with them throughout higher math education, and will prove useful in standardized testing, such as the PSAT and SAT.
Pre-algebra centers on building the foundations of the student’s algebra. They are introduced to variables, expressions, order of operations and basic problem solving skills. The course also introduces students to absolute value, the coordinate plane and different algebraic properties. The students will build on this basic knowledge by learning how to solve multi-step equations and inequalities and the complex algebraic functions that accompany them, such as exponents. They will build on their existing knowledge of fractions by examining ratios, proportions and probability, and converting to/from decimals. Additionally, students are introduced to percents and problems requiring the application of percents. Pre-algebra also includes linear functions, which covers slope and writing equations in slope-intercept form, and graphing inequalities. Students will also learn square roots, real numbers and will touch upon right triangles.