**Shaun Boening**

## Shaun Boening

2012 Dow Excellence in Education World

Northridge High School

Math Teacher

### The keys to my success as a math teacher are patience and encouragement of students to work through struggles and not settle for just their first wrong answer. I also really focus on showing students and allowing students multiple methods to solve a problem. I then encourage them to go with what's comfortable and not just Mr. Boening's way.

### I've had to learn to be more patient with students as long as they are giving a strong effort because they do not all understand math as easily as I do.

### My class is fairly routine as students check their answers to their previous assignment on the projector each day as I check their assignment for completion. We then discuss any questions off of this assignment, so I can judge where we are at or if they need more help in certain areas. A few days a week they also have a warm-up during this time to prepare for a current lesson or an upcoming quiz. After that, we will have a mix of student and teacher-led discussion to discuss a new concept. Students then usually have 5 to 10 minutes to begin a new assignment.

### I enjoy systems of equations because students often start to put together graphing linear equations and solving equations for a variable at this point even when they had a tough time doing those things individually earlier in the year. Also, there are many application problems that students find interesting that deal with systems of equations.

### I use a projector that is connected to my computer screen. I have taken my students to the computer lab for a few small activities and to show them how to use their online textbook. I would encourage more teaching and independent work through application problems. I think the common core is encouraging this but it is not easy to do and many students will have to work at extremely different paces to accomplish this.

**Shaun Boening**

Northridge High School

Math

Northridge High School

Math