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  • Rachel from Florida

    Posted by Rachel Rohan on June 30, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I am 25 years old and entering my 3rd year teaching 9th graders Algebra 1 in South Florida. I was just named the Algebra 1 team leader, which inspired me to finally join the Academy. I have been reading about Building Thinking Classrooms and listening to every MMMTM podcast for the months. I am joining the Academy to feel fearless enough to plan ahead and commit to making big changes in my room…even if things flop at first! My bigger goal is to model and inspire other teachers on my team and district to improve our students’ perception of math and perseverance, with a positive externality of improved state test scores. 

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    My student population has been about 1/3 newcomer students learning English; they have been the most engaged students and seem to enjoy their math experience, as it is a universal language, logical, and visual. However, the other 2/3 of kids are convinced they are “just not a math person” or are academically successful yet hold little conceptual understanding (and give up quickly when challenged). My school district seems complacent with traditional secondary math class (lecturing notes with algorithms, regurgitating the same problems for study guides, etc.), so I’d love to start a Math Movement!

    Shawn Hershey replied 3 years, 4 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Shawn Hershey

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    July 9, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Welcome to the MMM academy.  Go start a math movement!