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  • Tammy Gelenaw

    Member
    July 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Hello!

    My name is Tammy and I am a 6th grade math teacher in Richland, WA.

    Like many other educators here, I took advantage of many of NCTM’s webinars through the 100 days of professional development, and was especially excited about the MMMTM presentation.

    I am currently working on renewing my National Board certification, and I am nervous and excited about what that will look like teaching online.

    I am an Air Force veteran and my job was as a security police officer. When I got out, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do so earned a BA is Law and Justice and a BS in Sociology. I finally found my calling as a teacher and since the beginning of my career I have been drawn to low income schools.

    I have struggled for all 16 years of my teaching career with finding ways to engage students of poverty in their math journey: to find rich tasks that promote productive struggle and that spark students interest in learning math. MMMTM offers everything I have been looking for – all in one place!

  • Tammy Gelenaw

    Member
    July 15, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    When I interviewed for my first teaching job 17 years ago, it was a round-table interview with principals from all three middle schools in the district. The interview went well, and the last question I was asked was what subject do you want to teach? Emphatically I said, “Anything but math or science.” A week later I was offered a job to teach 8th grade math, and thus began my journey as a math teacher, and a formerly math-injured student, began.

    As a math teacher, I have struggled with helping students understand the math that I memorized formulas for when I was in school. I believe this struggle has helped me empathize with students and understand the challenges many of them have every time they enter my ‘math’ classroom.

    I have been a huge proponent of mathematical mindset, but I have struggled with how to continue to challenge students to grow on a consistent basis. The Making Math Moments That Matter course has given me tools I can use to move forward to continue to challenge myself and students to engage in worthwhile and meaningful mathematics understanding.

    I am excited to take the heroes journey with my students and I am very grateful for this course.

  • Tammy Gelenaw

    Member
    July 1, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    I am super excited about doing this with my math standards. I remember doing this years ago with 8th grade science curriculum when I was blocking, and it was really valuable for my teaching. I am a bit anxious about how it will work with the textbook, but I feel that the research to support spiralling cannot be ignored.

  • Tammy Gelenaw

    Member
    June 24, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    This lesson was enlightening because I was in the memorization of multiplication facts groups because I believed that if students had that foundation, it would make everything else we were learning easy. I now see the difference between memorization and automaticity and how this will enable students to apply their knowledge beyond knowing math facts up to twelve.

  • Tammy Gelenaw

    Member
    June 24, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    First lesson in Ready Math for 6th grade, “Find the Area of a Parallelogram”