DO NOT LET MATH BE THE SUBJECT THAT HOLDS YOU OR YOUR CHILD BACK IN SCHOOL! I can help!! :)
I graduated from SUNY Cortland in December of 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in mathematics education. I recently moved back up to Cortland to work on my Master's degree full time and I will be finished in August 2011. I currently hold a NYS teaching certification in Adolescence Education for Mathematics grades 7-12. I am experienced with tutoring students from 4th grade math to freshman college math. I can help you (or your child) eliminate the frustration caused by math mental blocks by increasing their understanding and comprehension of math concepts. I understand the math anxiety that so many students struggle with. Throughout my tutoring sessions, one of my main goals is for the student to gain confidence in this challenging subject area. I strongly believe that all students can be successful in math if they are provided with the right help and try their best. Please consider contacting me to assist your child with getting the grades they deserve and are capable of earning in their math class.
The following is the description of my student teaching experience during my last semester of undergraduate school:
During my first student teaching placement, I was required to teach mathematics to the entire seventh grade class at Tully Junior/Senior High School. I assumed all responsibilities of the classroom, as well as created unit plans that were developmentally appropriate and consistent with the New York State Standards. At this placement, I encouraged the students to always try their best and to seek out my help, as I was available outside of class. In the classroom, some educators may find it quite difficult to control the energy of the seventh grade students. Although I have found this to be challenging, I have also discovered numerous ways to take advantage of the younger students’ liveliness. This excitement and energy that the junior high school students possess can be quite valuable when used in a constructive way. For example, while teaching the seventh graders, I implemented activities that allowed students to communicate and learn from their peers, as well as supplied them with the opportunity to make connections between math topics learned in class and problems in either other subject classes or the “real world.”
My second student teaching placement was at Auburn High school, teaching the Math B curriculum and a math AIS class. I found this placement to be more challenging, as my cooperating teacher had very high expectations for me from the moment I stepped into the school. Not only did I take on the everyday classroom responsibilities, develop lesson plans, grade both assignments and assessments, attend school/math department meetings and parent/teacher conferences, but I was also receptive to incorporating various technologies in the classroom. My cooperating teacher was an advocate for the use of technology in the classroom, as a way to interest students, as well as accommodate their different learning styles. After learning how to use these technologies, I successfully began implementing them into my lessons, as a tool to increase student engagement and participation at the high school level. Through this experience, I learned how to be a facilitator and motivate my students to achieve high expectations in the classroom.