Let me tell you a bit about myself... HI! My name is Tiarra Arthur!
I am passionate about middle school math and came to love it by accident! HA! Here's a bit of my background for you:
In college my major was Secondary Education, so I knew I wanted to be a teacher -- However, my focus was on Biology NOT Math! After graduating, there was no openings in my county for ANY science positions and I hastily snatched a teaching position as an English pool teacher. I joined the school system mid-year so I had my work cut out for me. At the end of that year, I was presented an opportunity by my amazing Principal to secure a 7th Grade Math Classroom. I jumped at it since science and math go hand in hand.
I was up for the challenge!
That year, was full of excitement for me. Not only was I a young teacher learning the ways of the world but I was also wanting my students to absorb information. During that first year, I found my passion in creating math activities centered around stations or rotations.
So many trials and tribulations lead me to becoming a proficient Math Teacher and a stronger one at that! Middle school students are unlike their younger and older counterparts - anyone can tell you that! They have a strange mix of childlike mentalities in a almost teenager body --haha!
With that being said, it was a difficult adjustment for my students and myself included. I was so comfortable in college teaching science that I knew I had to implement those teaching processes to my current field of Math. So I did! I started from the ground up, literally! No one in my grade level was using centers so I was "all by myself" <singing the song too> BUT, I was confident in my abilities.
In the end it was a beautiful experience and extremely valuable at that. That year, after assessments were completed our data came back from the county that I had the top performing students in my grade level! Toot my horn - whoop whoop! All I can say, is that centers is where its at!
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