When I started teaching 11 years ago, I was handed a math book in which all instruction was whole group. Every student in the class received the same work to do, the same lesson…the same everything. I knew it wasn’t right, but it was what everyone else was doing, so I did it my first few years. As I began to reflect and notice what was happening with my students I knew I had to do something different to help them learn at high levels.
That was when I went on a mission to change and move beyond that traditional model of math in the elementary classroom. My blog features many of my projects, as well as how I’ve changed my practices throughout the years. I’m often reflecting on how to make math more real world, with project based learning and rigorous problem solving included.
I have over a decade of teaching experience in the Wisconsin Public School system. I spent 7 years in third grade, and another 4 years as a Math Instructional Coach and Math Interventionist. I was a participant in the Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) math center, and an attendee at the Professional Learning Communities Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.
My experiences include being a subject matter speaker at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference, the Wisconsin Math Council Annual Conference and the Mastery Connect MasteryCon standards based grading conference.
- Master’s Degree, Educational Technology
- Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology and Human Development
- Teaching License: Grades 1-8
- AddVantage Math Recovery Participant – Courses 1 & 2