Lakewood High School / Zane State
2012 Adjunct Professor Of the Year at Zane State
What is the biggest difference between teaching college and high school students?
Each require a high level of accountability and evaluation standards. The biggest difference is that college instructors only speak to the students in terms of progress and performance. However, passage and completion rates are a critical piece of student success which are monitored by the college.
How has your college teaching experence influenced the way you teach high school?
I better understand the importance of college readiness to help close the gap so K-12 and post-secondary aren't teaching the same material.
What are the keys to your success as a math teacher?
Understand the Common Core, Plan, and assess the students daily what I'm teaching.
What obstacles have you had to overcome teaching math.
Changing from the 9th and 12th grade proficiency tests to the OGT and now to the Algebra II Exit Exam.
Do you have a routine that you follow? (Ex. Daily? Weekly?)
Introduce, Practice, Practice, Review, Review, Assess
Is there a favorite unit or project that you teach? Could you please describe the topics covered and why it is one of your favorites? (hs and/or college)
Solving Rational Equations with Quadratic Denominators – it requires so many steps that involve so many Algebraic Skills.
What kind of technology do you use in your classes? (hs and/or college)
In college, I used Clickers a few times and Poll Everywhere a few times along with database applications like Prezi and Headmagnet. In high school, I have mostly used SmartBoard applications and PowerPoint.
If you had the power, how would you change the way math is taught at school?
I would have a K-12 curriculum aligned with post-secondary to increase college readiness. I believe the Common Core will help with this effort.