In the next several months I would like to continue working with the ImagineIT project and reflecting on teaching and learning. By participating in the MSUrban STEM Program I was exposed to many strategies and activities which I would like to use in my classroom. Therefore, in the short term I will concentrate on completing the program and preparing for the next school year. I would like to develop a bank of hands on activities aligned with math and science curricula which include real world applications. These activities will incorporate use of technology and embrace students’ creative thinking. In addition, I would like to become a more active member in the math department and school community in planning and executing school wide activities such as Open House or Pi Day.
Long Term Goal My long term goal is related to changing my students’ perception of mathematics and themselves while studying mathematics and science. On top of teaching my students mathematics as a subject, I would like to give them confidence in doing, talking and dreaming mathematics. I would like to facilitate collaboration with science teachers and build units aligned with math and science curricula. In addition, I would like to expose my students to professions and industries that are based in math and science. Along with science teachers I will seek to organize field trip(s) to the Museum of Science and Industry, the Fermi Lab. or Argonne National Laboratory. I feel responsible for showing my students the logical beauty and everyday life applications of mathematics. This will require creativity and engagement on my part as well as my students.