|William Penn Senior High School, College Street Entrance|
Through taking online courses and experimenting with different content, I have started to prepare them for the real world with advancing their background in technology by incorporating more mathematics learning involving computer programs. Growing up in this technologically advanced world we have seen the emergence in fractals from their usefulness in computer generated images (CGI), from film to video games, it is every where around us. Fractal Geometry is not a term heard in every single school curriculum, it is in every computer animated image, but I have incorporated it with Logarithms to help my students prepare for diverse fields of study and pre-calculus. As well, it allows the chance to be artistic and creative in a sometimes otherwise thought of mundane classroom. Through GeoGebra I have been able to bring precision and problem-solving skills to life in my classroom. Utilizing Google Docs I have built in collaboration and peer editing projects. With online research I have been able to bring ratios into social justice. It is my hope that students come out of my classroom with a little bit more of an understanding of how critical thinking with mathematics can apply to their lives.
|Video Game Club|
|Fractal Geometry - Students creating 3-D Sierpinski Triangles |
and Menger Sponges before the holidays.
|Using indirect measurement to calculate heights in Penn Park!|
|Viral Video on Facebook! Just having fun with the kids...|
|Students playing in Penn Park after their project is done.|
Teenagers like the playground just as much as kids!
As I reflect through this post it is not my intention to brag about my accomplishments in my classroom, but to recount my past years in growing as an educator, to help others understand teaching is not always about the content. Sometimes you need to bring life into the content and make the student's education a part of their human experience. All too many times I hear stories about educators who try to bend the will of their students to the demands of the curriculum and their own strict procedures. I am not like most teachers. Through years of trial and error, I have found that if I want students to learn I need to meet them where they are, and teach them what they need to know in order to be successful in their post-secondary decisions, be it college, technical school, career or military.
Although not every interaction is positive, I have always enjoyed getting to know each student, even those that are a bit of a handful. I enjoy working with every student, creating meaning in our days together and observing their unique character qualities as they mature. I teach about 125-150 students in a school year, and if I feel like I can reach at least one, I have had a successful year.