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What is your greatest strength? How can you use it to benefit our students?

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What is your homework philosophy?

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"My homework philosophy is: do it to the best of your ability. If there's a problem you can't solve, work halfway through it, show your work, and mark it so you can bring your questions to class. If there are answers in the book and they're asked to check, I do expect them to check and go through their work again so we can use class time efficiently and so students can keep track of their own progress."

Good answers here will focus on consistency and self-reflection, to some extent. Show the interviewer that you're not a lenient teacher and expect students to be responsible.
"My homework philosophy is: do it to the best of your ability. If there's a problem you can't solve, work halfway through it, show your work, and mark it so you can bring your questions to class. If there are answers in the book and they're asked to check, I do expect them to check and go through their work again so we can use class time efficiently and so students can keep track of their own progress."

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Question 3 of 25

Which math subject is your favorite to teach and why?

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"I think multiplication is probably my favorite because i can use a variety of tools like marbles, blocks, or other interactive math games for students to practice with. I also like it because it's practical and sometimes I'll set up real-life scenarios for students to use what they've learned and it's all of fun for me and them."

Show off your expertise a little here! Be modest but reveal your strengths.
"I think multiplication is probably my favorite because i can use a variety of tools like marbles, blocks, or other interactive math games for students to practice with. I also like it because it's practical and sometimes I'll set up real-life scenarios for students to use what they've learned and it's all of fun for me and them."

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What skills and technologies are you most interested in improving upon or learning?

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"I think I'd eventually like to use iPads in the classroom. I want to make more of my lessons paper-free and more interactive. I find that most of my students can actually process the information better when it's on the tablet rather than on paper just by presenting it differently."

Keep up with new technology and talk to your fellow teacher friends. There are a variety tools and techniques via Khan Academy and iTunes U.
Here are some educational apps:
- Math Bingo
- Monkey Math School Sunshine
- Mathemagics
- Math Drills Lite
- Math Fact Master
"I think I'd eventually like to use iPads in the classroom. I want to make more of my lessons paper-free and more interactive. I find that most of my students can actually process the information better when it's on the tablet rather than on paper just by presenting it differently."

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Question 5 of 25

Tell me about a lesson that didn't go well and why. How might you improve that lesson?

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Share with me what you think a good piece of mathematics is - something you really like.

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What do you feel is the most effective way to communicate with parents?

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What do you have that would enhance our teaching staff?

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How would you challenge the slow learner and the advanced learner within the same class?

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What kind of students do you like to work with? What type of students could you teach most effectively?

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Other than tests, how do you assess student learning?

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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve upon it?

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Question 15 of 25

Give an example of a situation in which you made math exciting for your students.

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How would you make math class great for a lower-level student who feels bummed about their math ability?

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What are your most effective teaching strategies?

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What three words would your students use to describe you?

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How do you get students engaged in the problem solving process?

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Question 21 of 25

Tell me about a lesson that went well and why.

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Question 22 of 25

Tell me about someone who has influenced your own education and educational career.

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What are your plans for continuing your professional growth?

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Question 24 of 25

Why did you decide to become a math teacher?

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Question 25 of 25

What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a teacher?

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Question 1 of 25

What is your greatest strength? How can you use it to benefit our students?

Question 2 of 25

What is your homework philosophy?

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Flexibility, energy and enthusiasm.

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Some homework is needful to check for understanding and for students to see if they can do the assignments.

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I feel like homework is part of the learning process. I plan to give homework that is relevant to what was taught in class.

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Create enjoyment in a class.

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Homework on a regular basis that covers material instructed and would be on test.

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Daily review not to exceed 30 minutes.

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Study, understand, comply.

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In mathematics need every day practice .

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I is important to reinforce class work should be reviewed at begining of class.

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I do not believe in giving homework for the sake of giving homework. I believe homework should be given when new concepts are introduced and when students are having difficulties with concepts being taught.

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Students new to practice but also need to be able to practice correctly. I post answers on my webpage for students to use.

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Students should be able to complete their homework in an amount of time that is appropriate for their age and grade. The homework should offer them practice to reinforce the lesson that was taught in class, and they should be able to do it independently.

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Homework is important for students because it allows additional practice of the skill or concept with home support. Homework should take the student around 40-50 minutes per night on average. It should start at 10 minutes in K and increase 10 minutes each grade level.

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Do check their understanding about the subject.

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Math requires more self practice so few numbers must be given as homework.

Question 3 of 25

Which math subject is your favorite to teach and why?

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The logical reasoning helps to apply in real life situations.
Helping students find out new concepts and apply them in solving problems in the classroom and outside the classroom; it is exciting.

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I love to teach number computation and fractions. I like them because it shows the students how you can bring things down and make them whole.

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Number theory and Trig. FUN!

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Word problems because it is like solving a puzzle.

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Algebra. I am passionate in calculations.

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Algebra, solving for x is satisfing.

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This is a tough one to answer. I love to teach math in general and to succeed in teaching students why math can be so much fun.

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Algebra. It is the generalization of all mathematics. It teaches logical thinking and problem solving.

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I love teaching geometry because of the ample opportunities to apply it to classroom projects, like building scale models.

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Whole language approach mixed with skill based approach. It gives a balance to the development of computational skills along with recall and encouraging students to explain how they arrived at a mathematical solution.

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Coordinate geometry, because I can visualise abstract concepts.

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Prime number because easy to understand.

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Algebra . Help us in real life problems to figure out the missing variable.

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Applied mathematics because it has applications.

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What would your colleagues say about you.

Question 4 of 25

What skills and technologies are you most interested in improving upon or learning?

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I know there are a lot of tricks you can use the Texas instrument calculator for and I know quite a few of them but I am certain that I can improve and learn more.

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Any technology that will enrich my students understanding of math concepts.

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I would like to improve on using inquiry based learning in my classroom.

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I am most interested in learning more about effective strategies to help students who have math-related disabilities achieve in math. These students frequently fall through the cracks, and it is important to reach all students in the classroom.

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I'm most interested in investigating fully how to use the SmartBoard in every aspect.

Question 5 of 25

Tell me about a lesson that didn't go well and why. How might you improve that lesson?

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Lesson went ok, could have made better by slower instructions.

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My first science lab was somewhat crazy and un-organized because students were unsure what exactly was expected of them. In the future I will take more time to clearly explain the expectations instead of assuming the students will read the directions on their own. Additionally, I will check for understanding prior to beginning the lab and assign roles such as record keeper, supply person, etc. To maintain greater order during the station rotations.

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Locus. Need to clear the concept first 'then further applications.

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Trying to give students to much freedom of choice got out of control next time limit the options.

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The first one that comes to mind would be dividing fractions. My student was having a difficult time figuring out which number was divided into which number. I walked her step by step and gave her a trick on remembering. The top number gets divided by the bottom number. The slash in between helps to remember that is a dividing mark.

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I was teaching a lesson on permutations and combinations. The exit tickets the students filled out indicated they were still unsure how to differentiate between the the two. I feel perhaps we did not spend enough time developing a deeper understanding of the two classifications.

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I was required to plan a lesson for Pi day that needed to encompass all the 7th grade topics involving circles in a single day. They needed to learn the vocabulary and parts of a circle, to calculate circumference and area, and what pi is and how to use it in one day. The lesson did not go very well because the students did not have enough background knowledge on circles and became very confused. In the future, I would teach the concepts sequentially with the objectives taught at a rate the students can digest.

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During a lesson on identifying angles and measurement of degrees I had the students use pipe cleaners to identify various angles around the classroom. I feel the lesson should have started with questions that promoted the students to think more deeply and encouraged them to work in a team or in pairs. Working with their peers would have allowed them to think through the math problems collaboratively and feel confident with the task at hand.

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Teaching by following books entirely and not explain the reason behind, A teacher must be knowledgeable to teach students by study that topic first.

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By making clear self notes and engaging student in relevant case studies.

Question 6 of 25

Share with me what you think a good piece of mathematics is - something you really like.

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There are multiple ways to look at things - what might make sense to one person may not make sense to another. This gives me a chance to help struggling students look at things in a different way. This is when I find collaboration amazing because other teachers have probably come across similar struggles.

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Story problems. Which is funny because I hated them when I was younger. Its a matter of kind of dissecting the problem and working it out piece by piece.

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One of my favorite ideas that students of all ages can use comes from the statement "You can never add together things that are different." This statement challenges the students to think of an example where this is not true. Then I ask the students "What is the sum of 2 apples plus 3 oranges?" The students immediately say 5, to which I answer "5 what? That's right, you simply have 2 apples and 3 oranges... But if you convert them to "fruit"... You can say 2 fruit plus 3 fruit are 5 fruit." This idea is applicable for when students need to add fractions and later on in algebra when they are tempted to add 2x^2 plus 3x. It's the reason why we need to "carry" the 1 when we add larger numbers together. It's a beautiful concept that pertains to many areas, and it's an extremely interesting one that motivates students to think.

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The manipulative snap cubes are a very good piece of mathematics. Students use these for concept hands on tools to help them visually see the difference between numerical amounts.

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When we facing the problem that hard to solve then make me find the other way to solve it.

Question 7 of 25

What do you feel is the most effective way to communicate with parents?

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I feel that phone calls, emails, notes home, conferencing and newsletters would be the most effective way to communicate with parents.

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Showing that we as a school are concerned about their child's education.

Question 8 of 25

What do you have that would enhance our teaching staff?

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Good classroom management.

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I have a creative energy and I am always looking for new ideas that will engage students and I enjoy sharing my ideas with others.

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I am a team player not afraid to ask for assistance when needed. I am willing to work hard to help any child especially the students that are struggling. I feel I am generous and welcoming which are important qualities that will enhance a faculty.

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Friendly, ready to learn and share new ideas.

Question 9 of 25

How would you challenge the slow learner and the advanced learner within the same class?

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Easy answer then build on the answer for advanced.

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Differentiated instruction.

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Present work at each of their levels.

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Provide instruction and learning materials on their individual levels. Have them work in collaborative homogenous leveled groups.

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By involving them in group studies and more coaching time.

Question 10 of 25

What kind of students do you like to work with? What type of students could you teach most effectively?

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Ones that are interested in the material.

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I like working with students that are basic skills. I believe I can help those students most effectively by providing my support, allowing more time to practice the skill/processes, using different hands on tools, and provide challenging questions to provoke investigation further.

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All types because each and every type of student is the real challenge.

Question 11 of 25

Other than tests, how do you assess student learning?

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Through discussions, monitoring, exit tickets, show of thumbs up or down.

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Again observation, sense of their attitude, listening to how they explain concepts.

Question 12 of 25

What do you like most about teaching math?

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Being a positive role model for kids. You might be the only one they have.

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Sharing knowledge interacting with younger minds.

Question 13 of 25

What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve upon it?

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Can fall victim to procrastination.

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I try to create engaging activities and at times the pacing of my lesson doesn't allow for all of the activities to be practices as planned.

Question 14 of 25

What makes you unique as a math teacher?

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I am a positive contribution to the enviroment.

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Because you need a dedicated member to your team and not just a staff.

Question 15 of 25

Give an example of a situation in which you made math exciting for your students.

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Using manipulatives in the classroom gets students more interested and involved. During my student teaching I had the class work in pairs doing a probability experiment with spinners. All 38 students participated because it was more like a game to them than a lesson. I followed up with questions that engaged them and made them think critically and more deeply.

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In a previous work situation, I worked on creating a more positive vocabulary to address work place problems.

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I believe you can create lesson that involve healthy competition. In an educational game setting students love to compete amongst each other. Especially, boys against girls.

Question 16 of 25

How would you make math class great for a lower-level student who feels bummed about their math ability?

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Find ways to make them feel stronger with the material. Seek students out for extra help after school or even find ways to call on them when you know they will be able to answer the questions. Put the student with a group of students that are kind and helpful or with a group of students that learn at that students pace.

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Help them experience sucess.

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By making him to work on concepts with deep understanding and clear ideas and good tricks.

Question 17 of 25

What are your most effective teaching strategies?

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Collaborative/ Cooperative learning
Learner centered teaching
Humor in the classroom
set clear expectations.

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Collaboration
supportive
Learner centered.

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Engaging, exploring discovering.

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Repetitive focused practical individualized.

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Interesting, exciting, challenging and fun.

Question 18 of 25

What three words would your students use to describe you?

Question 19 of 25

What rules do you have for your classroom?

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We respect others. We make mistakes. We try are best. We use kind words. We work hard. We follow directions. Listen when others are talking. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourselves. Work quietly and do not disturb others. Show respect for school and personal property. Work and play in a safe manner.

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Feed your brain with data as much as you can.

Question 20 of 25

How do you get students engaged in the problem solving process?

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Showing excitement and passion in the classroom, connecting it their lives, using humor, applying it to the real world, giving them choices.

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Make it relevant to their life.

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Build into the lesson authentic materials that would allow for students to relate to the problem and build confidence and curiosity to find the solution to the problem. Interdisciplinary techniques like incorporating books relating to that particular skill or processes.

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By giving them group works and individual. Exercises.

Question 21 of 25

Tell me about a lesson that went well and why.

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1.

I had students discover ???

2.

One with a clear objective.

Question 22 of 25

Tell me about someone who has influenced your own education and educational career.

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1.

Dawn Hochsprung
Beth Parsons
Dewayne Sullins.

2.

Ms Delany 6th grade, my parents.

3.

My third grade teacher Mrs. C. I remember her engaging lessons and I remember how she incorporated authentic material in her lessons, like having up become reports for the news and be video tapped. The second person that was a big influence on my educational career was my principal at BB. She believed in my ability as an educator and encouraged me to work at her school. Because of her, I gained a love for education and being in the classroom. The third person who influenced my career in education is a tie between my two coop teachers and my first field experience observational teacher. All three ladies showed their enthusiasm for teaching and their unselfishness while providing kindness to each and every student they had.

Question 23 of 25

What are your plans for continuing your professional growth?

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Starting my masters early next year.

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I plan to take courses in Wilson's Fundations, Dibels and various other online educational classes as needed. I plan to attend every teacher PLS and meeting and in service programs provided to me.

Question 24 of 25

Why did you decide to become a math teacher?

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My favorite teacher was my geometry teacher, Mr. Davidson. He was always voted favorite teacher every year. He was very animated and made math class enjoyable.

Question 25 of 25

What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a teacher?

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The lack of time and the breadth of subject matter needed to be covered. I think the Common Core is a very welcomed change in thinking.

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In student teaching it was difficult to grasp the idea of not having a reading program. The teachers were allowed to develop their own without having to collaborate with other teachers. It seemed like a mistake with having all the teachers not on the same page with their lessons. It worked out for them in the end somehow.

December 10th, 2014

In contemporary education, mathematics education is the practice of teaching and learning mathematics, along with the associated scholarly research.

Researchers in mathematics education are primarily concerned with the tools, methods and approaches that facilitate practice or the study of practice, however mathematics education research, known on the continent of Europe as the didactics or pedagogy of mathematics, has developed into an extensive field of study, with its own concepts, theories, methods, national and international organisations, conferences and literature. This article describes some of the history, influences and recent controversies.