So who is Mrs Math?
I tend to ramble, so I will do my best to keep this short and sweet.
According to my daughters, I’m a middle-aged woman. That sounds so . . . matronly. I prefer to think of myself as a seasoned woman with a lot of life experiences, but who still is very young at heart. I have been mistaken by students and colleagues alike as being 15 years younger than I am, so perhaps they see my enthusiasm and youthfulness, rather than my wrinkles!
I have been blessed with 3 incredibly unique children. My daughters are extremely academically gifted (National Merit and ACT scores of 33 and 35), and are together at the same University. My youngest struggles in the classroom, and has been attending therapy for years for Autism and speech/language disorders. So, I have personal experience dealing with children who seek challenging classes, and one who is challenged by Common Core/Florida Standards.
These parenting experiences have greatly influenced how I teach in the classroom. Because I see my son struggle with grade-level work and needing accommodations via an IEP, I show my students multiple strategies for solving a problem. I allow everyone extended time on assignments and tests, and opportunities to redo work. Watching my daughters succeed at college, I push all of my students to do their best, and talk about opportunities beyond graduation. However, all people are uniquely created and gifted, and are more than just their grades on a report card.
I believe everyone can become proficient in basic math. However, how and when doesn’t necessarily match up with the traditional academic system. I am convinced that small gaps at the elementary school level compound into significant deficits by high school. It is extremely challenging to learn Geometry without having mastered fractions, decimals, order of operations, and simple algebraic equations. People have different learning styles, so multiple strategies must be implemented to address auditory, linguistic and kinesthetic comprehension. Videos and pictures and written explanations help students AND parents/tutors better understand mathematical content. And thus my mission to create YouTube videos, and easy-to-understand mathematical problems and lessons.
I hope I haven’t bored you. I just wanted to share a bit about myself.