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6th Grade Math:
In Sixth Grade the students are divided into advanced and regular Math. The programs are similiar except the advanced students do one unit from the seventh grade curriculum. The students start off with fractions and decimals and adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing them. They next do ratios, rates and percents and finish the year with an introductory to Algebra unit.
I have taught in the Gresham-Barlow School District for the last 36 years, 15 at Dexter McCarty and the last 21 years at Gordon Russell Middle School. I have taught 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Math, 6th Grade Science and Health. I was the 6th recipent of the Judy Daugherty-Lewis award for Outstanding Teacher in the Gresham-Barlow School District. I have also been nominated as the National Disney Creative Teacher of the Year Award. I have taken students to Japan twice. Once to Dexter McCarty's sister city school in Tokyo, Japan and then to Gordon Russell's sister city school in Ebetsu, Japan.
I graduated from Willamette University and have a Master's Degree in Curriculum Instruction and Administration. I have also taken classes at Portland State University and Fresno State University.
I was the 1983 Portland Rose Society President and the 1992 Prime Minister of the Royal Rosarians. I have spoken at the National Middle School Conference twelve times spoken and at the Oregon Middle Level Conference on Math. I have been on numerous committees for the district and the schools I have taught at.
The following would best explain my philosophy on teaching and school rules in my classroom. My goal is provide students with an educational atmosphere that ensures student success, academically, socially, and emotionally. I want students to do the best they can and believe in progress not perfection. Science and Math lessons are designed to help students meet the challenge of everyday situations. By developing patterns of thinking that relate to life situation, the student can learn to channel his/her thinking into a logical course of plan of procedure. This should be valuable to him/her by replacing the usual feeling of panic, felt when facing a new situation. Such panic leads only to fear, to being discouraged, to feeling negative about education. In training students toward a logical thought process, education can turn panic to calm, fear to encouragement, and make positive all approaches to problems. The classroom like the playing field will offer a practical, controlled environment for developing and practicing new problems. The teacher's position will be similar to that of the coach; new challenges will be presented and guidance and counsel will be available to the students as they better prepare for the team of life in the real world.
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