My role for the 2013-14 school year has changed to full-time academic coach. My primary goal is to support academic improvement through teacher education and student education, specializing in, but not limited to, mathematics. I search for opportunities to challenge teachers and support their success with students. I am often in classrooms observing, team teaching, and coaching. I help students who need support during their worktime. When planning with a teaching team, I search for materials and strategies to strengthen classroom instruction. I compile math lessons/activities for Flex Friday, a unique intervention in which most teachers at OMS stop to teach math to students whose math grades are below 2.5. (Other students get additional art, band or PE time.) I direct our Monday - Thursday math academy interventions as well. With new standards coming in Sept 2014, I am busy researching and organizing future training for staff, students and parents. I truly enjoy having the time to seek out better ways to help our students learn.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to contact me.
We are proud to see progress that our students are making on MSP scores after completing Math Navigator units. Students who have not previously met standard for the math MSP may be assigned to a math academy time (Mon-Thurs, 45 minutes). Many of the students who are in our program for two years at OMS, will be able to pass the MSP in 7th grade. It takes time to fill gaps but our reward comes when student faces light up as they begin to understand mathematics. Our MSP scores from the spring of 2012 show growth that we are very proud of in both 6th and 7th grade.
When we complete an intervention unit using Math Navigator, a report of progress will be sent home with your student to celebrate your his/her progress!
Students in math intervention classes will not be assigned homework normally, although we may answer questions on homework assigned in the regular math class. This is a support class, not a graded subject.
We will work with students to answer questions that arise from the regular math classes as well as working on specific difficulties with supporting mathematics skills for each grade level. Students have been screened to identify gaps in their math background and will be assigned to modules in the Math Navigator curriculum to correct misconceptions that are holding them back.
I'm so excited to work with students who find mathematics difficult. It is a great challenge to find what they are thinking and how to correct their understanding. I try always to tie their learning into what they already understand about mathematics and into approaches that will generalize across this subject.
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