Maye - Prof mathematics - Seattle

Maye

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My teaching methodology adapts to the unique needs of each individual student. With that being said, there are a few things that I emphasize in all of my sessions. This is not an exhaustive list by any means but should give students and parents a good idea of what to expect.

1) Active Learning. In my classes I want my students to be talking and engaged as much as possible. When students participate, they learn and remember. When students passively "sit back" and listen, they forget. A great class is when the student is talking

2) Fighting Math Stigma. Many students repeat the phrase "I'm not good at math" like its a terminal condition. Sadly many students still suffer from this negative mindset. Being bad at math is ok just like being bad at playing violin or public speaking is ok. The key is getting students to understand that getting good at math is the same process as getting good at anything else. It takes time and practice.

Often times students are comparing themselves to other students in the class who seem to be doing very well with very little effort. The natural conclusion is that we just aren't "smart" enough. The truth is that a very small number of people are born with a natural talent for math. The rest of the smart kids have had math tutors from a young age, taken advanced math classes during their summer breaks, have parents who might be math teachers, and/or all of the above! The playing field is not even and students shouldn't blame themselves if they feel left behind.

3) Reinforcing Math Vocabulary. For most students, producing math vocabulary is not important but they do need to know how to recognize it. I make sure to use math-specific vocab as much as possible in my classes so that students won't be stumped when it appears in a test question. Examples of math vocab include 'trinomials', 'radicand', 'coefficients', 'roots', and so on. Good pronunciation is also important. Euler is pronounced 'oil-er'. L'Hopital is pronounced 'low-pi-tal'.

4) Recognizing Problem Types. When a successful student sees a problem, they can identify its type based on what they have learned before. This immediately gives them many ideas in how to form a solution. In class, we build this skill by looking at all the variations of a problem type so students can feel confident going into their next assignment or test.

5) Staying Organized. Thus, a large part of a student's success is in organizing what they have learned. This happens primarily through good note-taking. When their learning is organized, they can jump into any of the topics they have previously covered and grab the ideas they need to solve a particular problem. This is a wonderful skill that transfers outside of mathematics to other parts of a student's life as well.

6) Developing Number Sense. Students should have confidence in their final answer. If a student can see that 'three-fourths of a dog' is an erroneous answer to the question "How many dogs does Jenna have left?" they already have some number sense. I aim to have a student develop their number sense in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry by connecting math to concrete, real-world scenarios where there are real consequences (Nope, that Ferris wheel shouldn't be going below ground).

7) Decoding Math Notation.

8) Memorizing less, Learning More.

9) Dealing with Small Math Errors.

10) Visualizing Math.

11) Giving Math Context (Historically and in the Real-World).

12) And many more...

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  • Mathematics
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
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About Maye

I graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University in 2014. Since graduating, I have traveled extensively throughout southeast Asia working as a STEM educator teaching engineering, science, and math to students of all ages. My favorite area of interest is mathematics, especially high school and college level math. In early 2020, I relocated back to the US due to the pandemic and am currently located in Redmond, WA (near Seattle).

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