Alex S. Berg
Welcome to my page. My name is Alex S. Berg, and I am 22 years old. I am a certified Childhood Education (1-6) and Special Education (1-6) Teacher. Currently I live in Albany, New York, though I hope to move to the beautiful state of Maine at some point during the next few years. For my Undergraduate studies I went to SUNY Geneseo, where I graduated in May 2012. One of my teaching passions is for working with kids with Autism and I have worked as both a teaching assistant and (for this past summer) a teacher at Wildwood Schools in Schenectady, New York over the course of the past 5 years. Another one of my teaching passions that pertains a great deal to Curriculum Design is experiential/exploratory learning. I find that this style of teaching is important when considering the need for our students to possess a stronger skill set in problem solving and critical thinking.
Instructional Design Project
To start, I thought that I would give a little bit of an insight as to why I chose my Instructional Design Project. The title of my Instructional Design Project is two-fold. The first part of the project is to introduce, or expand upon, the concept of 'Mathematical Literacy' and the importance of our students becoming 'literate mathematicians.' As students explore and engage in mathematical content, they not only need to become fluent in their problem solving and thinking, but they also need to become confident in their ability to talk about math. As they develop a mathematical vocabulary, they will be able to produce both verbal and written explanations of their own particular problem solving process.
For the second portion of the title, 'Teaching with, developing, and utilizing Math Journals,' I intend to discuss and present just 'one'possible method of addressing mathematical literacy. This in no way is meant to be the end all be all way to teach math literacy, but rather just another 'tool' for the teacher's 'tool kit' of techniques and methodology. Mathematical Journals are a great way for younger students to begin to track their own progress and build upon their increasingly growing math vocabulary set. They will start to build the foundation for later mathematical explanations and talks. In later years, students may choose to build their literacy in mathematics a different way. In other words, Math Journals are only just one way of developing literacy and comfort with mathematics for students. Though they are an important and relevant technique nonetheless!