Algebra 1
Algebra is like arithmetic on steroids! Its power comes from making math apply to general situations instead of only specific problems. Once the concept of variables is established, it gives students the ability to see similarities in the solutions of science problems and other statistical applications. I worked two years on a Carl Perkins federal grant project to support using applied learning techniques in teaching algebra and made presentations on the project at state-wide TechPrep conventions...
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Algebra 2
Algebra is like arithmetic on steroids! Its power comes from making math apply to general situations instead of only specific problems. Once the concept of variables is established, it gives students the ability to see similarities in the solutions of science problems and other statistical applications. I worked two years on a Carl Perkins federal grant project to support using applied learning techniques in teaching algebra and made presentations on the project at state-wide TechPrep conventions...
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Calculus
I have successfully tutored calculus students from high school AP Calculus and college calculus classes. Recently, I have refreshed my calculus knowledge by "hitting the books" again and have a new appreciation for the power of calculus in solving advanced problems. Finding volumes of rotation of curves using the disc method and computing the area under a curve using the trapezoid rule are applicable to engineering work and fabrication industries. Generating power series to approximate functions...
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Chemistry
Chemistry was my first major in college and is what I was teaching when I retired. Chemistry can be very challenging, but by showing linkages and patterns, it can be managed well. By effectively teaching trends and features of the Periodic Table of the Elements, students can then work most problems encountered in high school and freshman chemistry. I am also able to teach the mathematics required for chemistry problems.
Microsoft Excel
Excel spreadsheets are my favorite computer application. I have used them for many years and made everything from simple data records and grade books to large macros to automate a database system for 72 departments at my work. I especially like to use Excel in science to make tedious repetitive work quick and accurate. I designed a "Chemcalc" spreadsheet to find empirical formulas, formulas masses of compounds, percent compositions, and atoms/moles/grams conversions. I have also taught Excel for...
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Geometry
Geometry (meaning "Earth measurement") is a different type of math course that some find challenging due to its emphasis on logic and reasoning in making formal geometric proofs. I show students how to process problems using diagrams to understand what is being asked. I show ways to group the many formulas in geometry into a smaller group of formulas to reduce the demands on memorization!
Microsoft Word
Word is my primary software for most computer files I have made. I have found that using keystroke combinations make many Word tasks much faster to start by not having to find the mouse pointer and locate the task on the toolbar. For example, "Ctrl C" to "copy" and "Ctrl V" to "paste" are much quicker than using the mouse. I taught my mother-in-law to use Word to write her English grammar textbook when she was 88 years of age! I have filed extensive legal documents using Word. I have also taught...
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Physics
I majored in physics in college and it is my favorite course to teach. I have kept current by participating in several nationally recognized workshops in physics as indicated on my profile. I have taught physics in high school and college where my students said they really liked my courses. I teach concepts first, them problem solving.
Prealgebra
I taught prealgebra for 4 years and was able to bring most students into basic algebra concepts during the prealgebra course. I always make sure basic math concepts are well established before moving past them into algebra.
Precalculus
Precalculus develops extensions of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and mathematical analysis in preparation for calculus. Having worked with all of these subjects I have used these skills extensively while teaching and tutoring. I was able to make a 100% score on the WyzAnt mastery test for precalculus.
Trigonometry
Trigonometry was my favorite math class in high school where I maintained an A+ average. While it is based on the right triangle, its applications extend to most sciences and engineering, so it is a very important course. I especially like the trigonometric identities.
SAT Math
I scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of the GRE (Graduate Records Exam) which is essentially the same as the SAT math test. As a professional test writer, I help students break test questions into a logical sequence of small problems to arrive at the final results. Understanding the question is the major part of taking standardized tests, so I concentrate on that skill.
GRE
I have taken the GRE on two occasions since I entered two different graduate schools many years apart. I had a perfect score on the quantitative reasoning (math) section and I even took time during the test to analyze the contents to find 25% was geometry content. As a professional test item writer, I understand test item construction and can give advice on helpful test taking tactics to improve scores.
Physical Science
My education in physics, chemistry, and geology gives me the right background for teaching physical science. I am able to offer examples from my 10 years of experience working and teaching in industry to show how often physical science knowledge is used there. This basic course is the foundation for all higher sciences and is the most useful for skilled workers.
ASVAB
Having served in the military, I am familiar with the skills the military values, including technical skills, math and science knowledge, and reasoning skills. I have administered ASVAB tests at my school. I also have tutored students for ACT and SAT testing.
Probability
Probability is mostly concerned with combinations and permutations. I used probability theory to rotate seating charts for my students and to calculate inventory requirements in manufacturing of electronic circuit boards. It is also useful in playing "Black Jack" to know when to "hit" or "hold". Even insurance decisions can benefit from actuarial probabilities.
ACT Math
I scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of the GRE (Graduate Records Exam) which is essentially the same as the SAT math test. As a professional test writer, I help students break test questions into a logical sequence of small problems to arrive at the final results. Understanding the question is the major part of taking standardized tests, so I concentrate on that skill.
ACT Science
100% of my science students passed the TAKS test in my last year of teaching! While I am proud of what they accomplished, I feel I was able to fully prepare them for that standardized test. As a professional test writer, I help students break test questions into a logical sequence of small problems to arrive at the final results. Understanding the question is the major part of taking standardized tests, so I concentrate on that skill.
Elementary Math
Elementary math is crucial to any later progress in math and science and even music! I find that some secondary students are really struggling with incomplete skills from elementary math courses. Therefore, I am very interested in giving elementary students the best foundation possible to make secondary courses easier and more productive. My favorite math teacher provided me with a solid foundation in arithmetic that allowed me to become a successful math teacher.
Elementary Science
Elementary science is crucial to any later progress in science. I find that some secondary students are really struggling with incomplete skills from elementary science courses. Therefore, I am very interested in giving elementary students the best foundation possible to make secondary courses easier and more productive. My favorite science teacher provided me with a solid foundation in general science that allowed me to become a successful science teacher.
Elementary (K-6th)
I have privately tutored elementary grade students in math and science and worked with 4th grade students in Harleton ISD's "Mockport" science days that substituted for going to SciPort Science Center when the trip was cancelled. The students liked it so much, we continued the "Mockport" program in subsequent years. I also taught 6th grade math students in public school in Austin.
Discrete Math
My experience with discrete math includes design of logic circuits using Boolean algebra for encoding and decoding of binary states in electronics. I also designed an artificial intelligence program for playing Black Jack as part of a college course project. I later studied the application of truth tables to analyze digital electronics faults in audio equipment.
Logic
Using logic is the basic skill of all science to understand experimental results. As a science teacher, I continually evaluated the logic students used to arrive at conclusions. I also used Boolean logic in electronic circuits to form "truth tables" for combinations of "AND", "OR", and "NAND" gates. DeMorgan's theorem was also used to simplify complex logic circuits. I also used logic in teaching geometry proofs in mathematics.
Praxis
As a 29 year veteran in teaching, I have the skills for teaching that are tested in Praxis. The core test measures academic skills in reading, writing, and math. I have passed the TECAT exam which covers those topics. Praxis II tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills, that are needed for beginning teaching. I am certified to teach mathematics, physics, and chemistry in Texas and would be able to tutor those subjects for Praxis II...
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TAKS
As a high school teacher, much time was devoted to preparing students for the TAKS testing. I directly instructed and reviewed students for the math and science portions of TAKS. In my last two years of teaching, 100% of my science students passed the TAKS test! I also gave verbal administrations of both math and science tests so I am aware of the test questions and formats.