...I’ve found if you really engage students and motivate them to succeed, little successes turn into big successes. All students need to know that they can and will succeed.
We have some exciting news to share: Gina Wilson of All Things Algebra will be teaming up with us and joining us as a regular blogger on this site.
Gina has been teaching Math 8, Algebra, Honors Algebra, and Geometry for the past 8 years in Virginia and is a shining star on Teachers Pay Teachers, sharing her fun and highly reviewed content. We recently had the chance to get some of her insights during a Q&A.
Q: When did you first start teaching?
A: I first started teaching in August 2006. Initially, I taught Algebra I and Math 8. After a few years, I was just teaching Algebra I, and now I teach both Algebra I and Geometry and I love it! I’ve taught only 8th graders my entire teaching career. Some people think I’m crazy, but I know nothing else!
Q: What are your top 3 favorite teaching memories?
A: It’s very hard to narrow it down to three specific moments over the years. Every year, there are numerous students who walk into my room declaring that they “can’t do math” or they “hate math”. The memorable moments come from watching them gain confidence, become enthusiastic, and completely change their perception of both math and their ability to be successful.
Q: Where did you find your inspiration to learn, and how do you translate those experiences into your teaching style?
A: Growing up, I truly enjoyed school. My inspiration to learn came mainly came from my own self-determination. This, however, can be very difficult to teach students. But I’ve found if you really engage students and motivate them to succeed, little successes turn into big successes. All students need to know that they can and will succeed.
Q: What are your future goals?
A: I would love to travel and host workshops in which I can share teaching strategies with teachers of all grade levels. I’m very grateful to share my resources on TpT and have met and collaborated with so many amazing teachers around the world. Sometimes we get too caught up in our own school and classroom. It’s so wonderful to break down the isolation, reach out, and connect with educators!
We are so happy to have met a fellow math lover and passionate educator. An internet friendship has turned into a formal partnership and we’ like to welcome Gina to our online community. Keep an eye out for great content from Gina, and other educators from her network. In the meantime you can find Gina online:
• All Things Algebra: http://allthingsalgebra.
• Teachers Pay Teachers: http://www.
• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/
• Pinterest: http://www.