I have loved teaching math and science my whole life. When my wife went back to college for her Bachelor of Science, I went with her and we took biology, including anatomy and physiology together. I love to integrate the learning materials with real life experience and problem solving such as how to build low cost housing, make a working robot or even repair a computer. All of the jobs that pay a living wage today require math and it does not have to be dry.
I am a retired teacher with two...
I have loved teaching math and science my whole life. When my wife went back to college for her Bachelor of Science, I went with her and we took biology, including anatomy and physiology together. I love to integrate the learning materials with real life experience and problem solving such as how to build low cost housing, make a working robot or even repair a computer. All of the jobs that pay a living wage today require math and it does not have to be dry.
I am a retired teacher with two grown boys and three grandchildren. Teaching runs in the family. My daughter-in-law is a math teacher and my son is on the Seattle School Board. When I first retired, I happily returned to teaching as a substitute. I am used to being thrown into a new situation and quickly figuring where all my students are and teaching from there.
Often, I find that kids are behind in school because they are bored. One time, when a middle school class had finished their work ahead of time, I decided to teach them about something called imaginary numbers – a subject taught in high school Algebra II. To their surprise, they all learned it in half the time expected. Students are often able to do more than they think if I teach it in a way that is accessible to them.
I am very good at finding the areas where students are having problems and tailoring my lessons accordingly. During my three years teaching in Tacoma, I had at least one small class dedicated to preparing students for the state mathematics test. (At that time, it was the WASL).
I watched an autistic student struggling with math for an afternoon and figured out that he was processing mathematics with the language part of his brain. His parents were so grateful because they had taken him to many specialists and no one had been able to diagnose the problem. I look at each student as an individual and do not assume I know why he or she are having trouble. I watch them do their work until we find the glitch.
I love science of all kinds. I graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Physics and a minor in Psychology. I continued for a fifth year and received a teaching certificate endorsed in Physics, Mathematics, and Psychology. In the years since, I have taken additional classes in Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and the Earth Sciences from area Colleges and Universities. I went back to school when my wife was taking Biology and A&P. She had never done very well in math but we worked together and got her through with an A- in her math classes.
So, if you have trouble or are bored with math or science, give me a call. I know we can uncover the roadblocks and get you sweeping right through your math and science subjects.