Welcome to Computers and Technology at BGJHS!
This is my first year teaching at the junior high. I spent the last 14 years teaching math and technology at the Academy, BGISD's alternative learning center. In 1991, I began teaching kindergarten and preschool for the Department of Defense in Okinawa, Japan. Since returning to the United States in 1995, it has been my privilege to teach at the middle school, high school, and university levels, but middle school has always held a special place in my heart. I am excited to be working exclusively with this age group again!
I want my students to become independent, self-directed learners, learn to set their own goals on their way to a deadline, experience the joy of discovery, keep trying until they have reached a goal, and experience the satisfaction of doing so. I want students to have passion and perseverance. In other words, I want them to have GRIT!
Lebron James says "You can't be afraid to fail, it's the only way you succeed."
Albert Einstein said, "Failure is success in progress."
Gandhi said, "Success doesn't come if you don't make an attempt. Even failure comes after making an attempt. Give it a try."
According to current research, the amount of effort you put into something ultimately counts TWICE as much in the outcome than any natural talent or ability. In the spirit of GRIT, we use Standards Based Grading (SBG) in my classroom.
The SBG process allows students to take ownership of their learning as they demonstrate mastery of concepts and put in the extra effort with additional practice when needed to progress.
Student proficiency is assessed and must be demonstrated for each learning target. Students will earn a score of A, B, or Not Yet for each learning project. Students must earn at least a B in order to demonstrate proficiency. Students who do not demonstrate proficiency initially will continue study and practice, making revisions until they succeed.
Student learning experiences integrate a variety of activities including hands-on, partner, and small group activities; online practice and research; in-class practice and reflection; homework; formative and summative assessments; and project-based products.
Students are expected to work from bell to bell in class each day. Students who do so are unlikely to have 'homework' although assigned work not completed in class is expected to be completed for the next class meeting. Students should use the materials in their online Google Classroom to study and review regularly to prepare for skill assessment. Most assignments will be project based with time for reflection and revision. Students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate learning target proficiency and develop their higher order thinking and 21st Century skills throughout the term.
Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (2009)
Nova Southeastern University
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (1997)
Western Kentucky University
Associate in Science in Mathematics (1990)
Coastal Carolina Community College