Welcome to my classroom!
I teach upper level mathematics in a large high school in mid Michigan. Here you will find images, videos, and philosophies that will give you a window into my classroom. I think the best way to demonstrate this is via images and video, so you’ll see many on this page, with brief descriptions interjected.
If you’re a parent, teacher, or student and have questions or comments please feel free to email me using the form at the bottom of the page. If you’re a student then you should also check out the links under the “Students” tab for resources directly relevant to you. If you’d like to know more about me specifically then click here!
A Day in Class
I primarily teach Algebra II, Precalculus, and AP calculus (click any of them to find lesson plans and course specific resources). The atmosphere and structure of each one of theses classes is different but there are certainly similarities. I believe strongly that the inquiry process should be a driver of learning and attempt to implement it whenever possible. I think that kids should frequently be discussing and writing about math and I think you’ll notice that many of the photos demonstrate this.
I’d encourage you to check out how I build collaboration daily in Calculus, how I turned our hallway into a giant unit circle to leverage embodied cognition, how I use creative activities to introduce difficult concepts, and how I try to value different problem solving methods.
I’ve organized my classroom (and also the hallway as you’ll notice in the images) in a way that maximizes collaboration. You’ll notice that the desks in my room are organized into pods of four with “mega” whiteboards on each one for collaborative activities and sketching ideas. I also have a handful of Chromebooks that get used in a multitude of ways by students. I try hard to maintain an inviting and safe classroom environment. You’ll also notice in the images below that students are frequently up, moving around, and discussing mathematics. The classroom layout, I hope, lends itself too this.
Here are a few videos that show some of the activities we do in class, my ideas on flipped learning and learning in general, and how collaboration with other teachers fits into instructional design.