Terri Husted's Homepage:
A Homepage for New (And Not So New) Math Teachers
Although this website bills itself as “A Homepage for New (And Not So New) Math Teachers” it is much more than that. It’s also a homepage for new and not so new teachers. Terri Husted presents her philosophy of teaching and teaching math based on over twenty years of experience.
This philosophy is clearly stated on the opening page. It is well worth reading a number of times. Husted sums it all up in this final sentence “It is time in educational reform that we focus on the qualities of good teachers and not just good programs.”
Husted follows this up with her first link “The First Key to Success: Connecting with Your Students” Here she outlines four quick ways to start to connect with students: learn their names as soon as possible, make a seating chart, keep an information sheet handy and make accommodations for special needs students. She expands this quick start method with tips and strategies that every good teacher employs: having a fair system of discipline and grading, being consistent and fair, communicating with parents, use of tone of voice, setting up structure for group work, expectations, and the teaching of background knowledge. Husted sums up this page with something tried and true: “Students may forget something you taught them in math, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
The link to Classroom Management is one I recommend for beginning teachers and teachers who want to review their class management from a different perspective. Husted offers six questions to ask yourself if you are having discipline problems in the classroom.
Once your class is all set up the way you want it, you’re ready for the teaching of Math. There are links here for Math lessons and Math projects, Homework and Assessments, Tons of Data for Statistics Lessons and links to other Math and Science sites and activities. My favourite link is Most Loved Problems which includes the classic problems Crossing The Bridge and Who’s Telling The Truth.
Terri Husted's Homepage is for any teacher who wants to fine tune their teaching especially in Math.