A quick look at what this site contains…
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Introduction Teaching Philosophy My resume Unit and lesson plans Video and images Contact information
My name is Megan Freeman and I teach high school Algebra in Los Angeles, ca. This website is designed to show you who I am as a teacher, how I believe students learn best, and some things that I do in my classroom
Strong relationships built on trust and respect A positive classroom culture, where all students participate and work as a team. Mistakes should not be obstructions, they are merely stepping stones to our successes. High expectations for all students (that includes behavior and academics) Activities must be balanced and keep students attention throughout the lesson. Algebra concepts must be taught as small pieces to a bigger puzzle. We don’t want to focus on one small lesson; the importance lies in how each piece connects to one another and the final product we create!
“The freedom to fail is vital if you’re going to succeed. Most successful people fail from time to time, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success.” - unknown “It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul”
– Sonya Kovalevskia
“Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it”
– Ella Williams
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King
“It is our choices, Harry, far more than our abilities, that tell who we truly are.” -Prof. Dumbledore Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Mathematics Will graduate with a masters in secondary education in the spring of 2007 from Loyola Marymont. Joined Teach for America Corps in 2005 Taught Algebra for the last 2 years in South Los Angeles (LAUSD and GreenDot Public Schools).
Unit and Lesson Plans
Long term plan (outline for the year) Example unit plan Example lessons Example project Powerpoint of a group lesson study
Before teaching a lesson, I must ask my self…..
What have the students just learned? What will they learn in the next unit? How can I build connections? What is the outcome I desire? How will my students learn this information best? (modalities, activities, etc) How will the students prove their mastery?
Writing a lesson plan
What is my desired outcome for the day? What will the students struggle with most? How can I build in support? Balanced activities (group work, independent work, self discovery, think time, assesments, etc) Are my students doing work that allows them to make connections to the past and the future? How will I keep everyone involved? (hooks, different learning styles, etc.)
Video and images
I am working to get a sample lesson on video, but it is not available yet. Also, there are a couple pictures of student work and pictures of my classroom
Megan Marie Freeman E-mail is the best form of contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more detail on any of these slides, click on the appropriate link on my homepage. Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or concerns