Welcome to the Academy! I want my students to become independent, self-directed learners, set their own goals on their way to a deadline, and keep trying until they have reached a goal. I want students to have passion and perseverance. In other words, I want them to have GRIT!
Lebron James says "You can't be afraid to fail, it's the only way you succeed."
Albert Einstein said, "Failure is success in progress."
Gandhi said, "Success doesn't come if you don't make an attempt. Even failure comes after making an attempt. Give it a try."
According to current research, the amount of effort you put put into something ultimately counts TWICE as much in the outcome than any natural talent or ability. In the spirit of GRIT, we use Standards Based Grading (SBG) in my classroom.
The SBG process allows students to take ownership of their learning as they demonstrate mastery of all concepts and put in the extra effort with additional practice when needed to progress. Student proficiency is assessed and must be demonstrated for each learning target. Student work on each learning target will earn a score of A, B, or Not Yet. Students must earn at least a B in order to demonstrate proficiency. Students who demonstrate proficiency in at least 75% of the course standards will pass the course and earn their credit.
Student learning experiences integrate a variety of activities including the Interactive Student Notebook; hands-on, partner, and small group activities; online practice and research; in-class practice and reflection; homework; formative and summative assessments; and project-based products.
Students are expected to work from bell to bell in class each day. Students who do so are unlikely to have 'homework' although assigned work not completed in class is expected to be completed for the next class meeting. Students should use their Interactive Student Notebooks (ISNs) to study and review regularly to prepare for skill tests. Students will usually complete one or two skill tests each week, typically midweek and on Friday. Students may retake a skills test once they have completed an error analysis and missed problem corrections sheet (which may need to be signed by the parent/guardian) and additional practice on the standard. Students generally may not retake more than one skill test per day.
Cumulative benchmark assessments will take place at the end of each unit and as semester exams. Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency with each learning target and develop their higher order thinking and 21st Century skills throughout the term.
Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (2009)
Nova Southeastern University
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (1997)
Western Kentucky University
Associate in Science in Mathematics (1990)
Coastal Carolina Community College
In 1991, I began teaching kindergarten and preschool for the Department of Defense in Okinawa, Japan. Since returning to the United States in 1995, it has been my privilege to teach math at the middle school, high school, and university levels. This is my 14th year at the Academy. Getting to know students individually and working with them one on one continues to be my favorite part of teaching in this setting.