My mission at RHS is to teach upper level mathematics to those students selected to take the courses. This includes honors level Precalculus, regular Precalculus, and AP Calculus. I also teach a class of Advanced Math and Decision Making.
With a background of nearly thirty years teaching high school, tech school and university level math courses and students in Georgia, I am aware of the state of our math educational system. By teaching at several different schools, I am aware of how each school has its own culture and way of approaching the needs of its student body and community.
The key to doing well in math is hard work by the teacher first and then the students, combined with the full support and committment of parents and others. During the fall semester, an effort was made to develop and implement a quality set of courses, geared to the needs of students. Sometimes high expectations are not welcomed by students and parents, but when students realize how much they have learned and the promise of future success in schoolwork including mathematics, most grow into the overall effort.
During the fall semester, I have been in contact with state leaders in math education, researched and studied the state math curriculum, been visited by leaders in math education and curriculum and have been evaluated by several observations from principals and department leaders. The plans and materials I have used have been communicated in multiple ways including the course homepages on this site. It was a priviledge of mine to conduct several SAT help sessions, some ACT help sessions, and some Accuplacer (tech school placement) help sessions for RHS students.
My philosophy of education follows in brief. I believe the right kind of education is the key for each student to achieve and experience success in life. Each student is endowed by their Creator to learn and pursue interests and career goals. Education is key to this kind of growth. Although I am trained in state methods and curriculum content, I see my role as a agent of the home. Parents have a central role and the school can not replace the home. Responsibility for providing teaching and learning opportunities falls on the classroom teacher. Responsibility for learning and doing the work falls on the student. Responsibility to see the teacher grows and develops is on the administration and community. Responsibility to see the student do the work and follow through is on the parent. These are tremendous roles to fill and can be achieved when all work together. Proper communication is key. This is one reason I supply weekly reports to my parents and email my parents frequently during the semester.
As a teacher of math at the college level, I can report first-hand many students are not ready for college level work and schools are pressured into lowering standards to avoid large amounts of failures. This is not good and needs attention. The key is proper educational practices in k to 12 that connect with meaningful and lasting learning. This is not easy to accomplish but is worth every ounce of effort. We should expect more from students and get it. We should try to avoid caving into the desire for easy and fun as opposed to challenging the mind to grow and foster strong character and work-ethic. This can and must happen!
For the Spring Semester, I will continue development and forward progress. Visit the teacher and course page for info and links. Also, I will be using Schoology, an online Learning Management System, to deliver content and other materials for the student. Please make sure your child enrolls in my online class the first couple days back to school.
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