This is my first semester in the Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology program at the University at Albany. I received my Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Cortland in 2010 and hold an Initial Certificate in Mathematics grades 7-12. I have taught Algebra 1 and Geometry, and am currently teach Algebra 2 at Broome-Tioga BOCES in a program called P-TECH (Pathways to Technology in Early College High school).
I am transitioning into a new position this year, teaching Algebra 2 in P-TECH's Health Science, Engineering, and Computer Technology Academies and coordinating Work-Based Learning initiatives. I am building interdisciplinary projects for Grades 9 to 12 that will give students the opportunity to work directly with local businesses. I am very excited about this mix of mathematics, community outreach, and project development - pretty much my dream mix!
My background is in educational media, specifically public media, elementary math video resources, and teaching media production to teens. In 2017, I decided to retest the waters and see if I was still interested in being a public school teacher. I am! And so, I am pursuing a Master of Science in CDIT and working toward Profession Certification.
I enjoy crafting, gardening, board games, and organizing stuff. My titles include wife, mom, step-mom, daughter, sister, and (my new favorite!) Aunt Annie.
Topic and Purpose
Including Personal Finance When Teaching Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
The topic of this course is on the value of integrating personal finance in the high school mathematics classroom. The purpose of this course is to teach mathematics educators about the effectiveness of having their students learn personal finance concepts in conjunction with exponential and logarithmic function lessons.
Topics that will be covered:
- What is personal finance?
- To what degree should high school graduates understand how to manage their personal finances?
- How do educators find a balance between computation and conceptual understanding?
- How do educators design instruction to authentically include real-world applications?
The intent of this course is to enlighten educators on how to integrate personal finance effectively in the classroom.
Participants will be able to:
- List the situations in life that are classified as matters of personal finance. (Verbal)
- Evaluate whether or not learners graduate high school with sufficient understanding of the financial situations they will encounter. (Cognitive Strategy)
- Identify ways of using and applying interest rates and compound interest during instruction on exponential and logarithmic functions. (Verbal Information and Intellectual Skill)
- Analyze the costs and benefits on the learner to using online calculators. (Cognitive Strategy)
- Choose to create a community-centered learning environment around personal finance topics in the classroom. (Attitude)
Analysis of the Learner and Context
Define course-level target objectives
Elaborate and analyze the objectives to identify more specific enabling and supporting objectives.
Map out the sequence of learning units and activities to achieve the defined objectives.