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Being born in Sao Paulo Brazil and the son of an Irish lady and an American Veteran from WWII I started my civil engineering university course at University of Sao Paulo and graduated at the University of Amazon, Brazil. I taught ESL (English as a Second Language) and math in Brazil for over 30 years. Being a U.S. citizen I moved to America in 2005 and got certified as a math teacher for grades 8-12 in 2009. I have been teaching geometry, algebra and math models at Justin Ford Kimball High School (Dallas ISD) since 2008. As I lived in many different locations with a such diversity of cultural values made me a very understanding and comprehensive teacher for a broad variety of students' profiles. Learning demands patience, understanding of the topic presented and practice. Lots of practice: after a guided practice, I introduce an independent practice, then I select a group of questions to target the most different levels of difficulty for the student(s)to practice as homework and then I provide a quiz to verify if the student(s) mastered the topic taught or the SE.(SE-student expectation). Here I introduce the techniques for taking tests and/or solve problems: underline the keywords, change a word problem into a picture problem, work backwards and so on. While moving from topic to topic I always revolve the topics to keep students memory of what was taught, linking when it is possible, every single topic.
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