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Scope: Tambra Kascic
Transcript of Scope: Tambra Kascic
Section 1 - Resume
Section 2 - Transcripts
Section 3 - Certification
Part II: Educational Philosophy
Section 1- Mission Statement
Section 2 - Philosophy of Education
Part III: Professional Commitments
Section 1 - Commitment to Student Learning
Section 2 - Commitment to Diversity
Section 3 - Commitment to Technology
Section 4 - Commitment to Content Knowledge and Scholarship
Part IV: Commitment to the Profession
Part V: Self Assessment
Section 1 - Professional Preparation
Section 2 - Future Goals Part V: Self Assessment Part II: Educational Philosophy Part I: Employment Information Welcome... My name is Tambra Kascic and I am a Teacher candidate currently attending West Virginia State University. My major is in Secondary Education (5-adult) and I am specializing in Mathematics. I hope that you enjoy reading through my E-Portfolio and encourage you to explore the documents I have posted here. Introduction Letter
Dear Prospective Employer;
I would like to introduce myself and cordially invite you to view my E-Portfolio for consideration in employment. My name is Tambra Kascic and I am currently a Teacher Candidate enrolled at West Virginia State University in the Secondary Mathematics (5-Adult) Education program. I am excited about a career in Teaching and have worked diligently toward my certification. I anticipate graduating in the Fall of 2013 after completion of my Student Teaching, and will be available for employment in January of 2014. I have chosen the field of Mathematics because it is a subject that I am passionate about. I feel that my talents and background, along with my education, will successfully combine to make me an effective and creative Math teacher.
Please feel free to view my E-Portfolio and the attachments herein, which include samples from my educational portfolio and my work background. You will find that my E-Portfolio is organized into the following sections:
· Employment Information
· Educational Philosophy
· Professional Commitments
· Self Assessment
My hope in creating this collaboration of documents is that my commitment to the education process and student learning is clear and concise. I am determined to become a dedicated teacher who understands that learning is a process that should never stop and an educator who always puts her students first.
I am available for interview any day of the week, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM. I would be more than happy to bring a “hard copy” of this E-Portfolio with me upon request and can provide the necessary recommendations if needed. My home phone number is (304) 342-2693 and can be reached during the same hours as mentioned. I would like to thank you again for consideration and hope to hear from you soon.
Tambra L. Kascic Employment Information Educational Philosophies Professional Commitments Commitment to the Profession Self-Assessment Resume... Transcripts... Certification... Mission Statement... Philosophy of Education... Commitment to Student Learning... Commitment to Diversity... Commitment to Technology... Commitment to Content Knowledge and Scholarship... Commitment to the Profession... Professional Preparation... Future Goals... Page 1 Page 2 page 1 page 2 page 3 page 4 page 5 page 6 page 7 I am currently seeking the degree of Bachelor's of Science in the following areas:
Secondary Mathematics Education (5-Adult)
I anticipate obtaining both degrees in December of 2013. Page 1 Page 2 Lesson Plan: Sum of the Exterior Angles of a Polygon (Geometry) Lesson Plan Multiplication and Division of Fractions (Number and Operations) Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Lesson Plan: Discovering Pi (Geometry) Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Reflection: Winning this Poster Contest at the WVTM Conference in Flatwoods, West Virginia was especially touching for me. As a returning student to education, it seemed a bit silly for me to enter a Poster Contest, although the categories included a "College Level" area. I was very honored to be chosen for this award and my drawing depicted the New River Gorge Expansion Bridge in numbers ~ relating the theme of the contest, Inquiry: The Bridge to Learning. Reflection: My training as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for the Student Services Department gave me an excellent opportunity to instruct students in alternative learning strategies in order to help improve their grades in math. I was very excited to participate in their successes and have benefited greatly from the practice with alternative learning styles. It was very rewarding to know that I have helped students who previously struggled in their math classes to get a better understanding of the content material. Reflection: Serving as Camp Assistant during the WVSU Mathematics Camp 2012 was a rewarding task that I undertook during my summer break. During the week long camp that enrolled 50 + children ages 5 years to 15, I was exposed to the rigors of co-running a program for mathematics enrichment geared at children who would benefit from the extra tutoring. The week was a great example of how hard work, lots of planning and thinking on your feet can pay off for the children involved. I am looking forward to becoming a regular camp participant and hope to recruit more of the Education Department to help!!! Reflection: Inquiry: The Bridge to Learning was a two day conference that I attended with other members from the Mathematics Department at WVSU. While attending seminars was our main focus, several of the mathematics students assisted Dr. Zhang her presentation on the "Beauty in Mathematics". Here we were able to present our projects, explain our objectives and demonstrate useful ideas for teachers to use in their classrooms. While it was very nerve-racking to present before such a seasoned audience, it was a wonderful experience that I will never forget and have learned so much from. Current G.P.A: 3.42 Reflection: Ten Actions For Educating Students of Poverty was a wonderful seminar that instructed on some of the basic principles that author Ruby Payne sets down in her numerous books. This was a wonderful opportunity to continue my education outside the classroom and to benefit from growth in understanding what children living in poverty are challenged with. I feel that this seminar will continue to be a valuable tool that I will keep, in order to better understand the children coming to my classroom in the future. Reflection: This seminar was on that I attended during my Student Representative appointment with the WVSU Cooperating PDS School initiative. It was an excellent opportunity to better understand how alternative grading systems work within the school structure, and how valuable various assessments are in order to fully evaluate our students. Reflection: This book study was one of the highlights of my continuing education process. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet in a small group setting and discuss the ideas presented in the book "Positive Discipline" by Jane Nelson. It was a very positive experience to discuss the ideas and concepts during our meetings and I hope to be part of many more book studies in the future. Reflection: Another Book study that explored the idea that all children can reach the "Top" in whatever endeavors they choose. While some of the theories presented seems easier said than done, our book study group enjoyed toying with the idea that a child can be a great as they dream ~ and their support team dreams with them. This was a very inspirational book study. Reflection: This event was sponsored by KISRA and was a seminar relating diversity to the challenges that face society today. It was a hands-on workshop that allowed us to see better the many issues facing our students today. Reflection: This book study showed various examples of the challenges that our students face in their daily lives as well as their classroom world. This book study allowed the participants to discuss and understand the effects of poverty, especially in the local area and how struggling students can benefit from my further understanding. Lesson Plan: Properties of Triangles (Measurement) Lesson Plan:Arts and Humanities - Tessellations (Geometry) Disaggregated Data Analysis PowerPoint Presentation: Mathematics - A Universal Language? Movie: Finding the Area of a Triangle Escher Circle Limit
By M.C. Escher (1959) The
Mathematical Wonder of
Nature Tessellation Reflection
Glide Reflection Basic Principles….
tessella is a small cubical piece of clay, stone or glass used to make mosaics.The word "tessella" means "small square”.
Tessellation is the process of creating a two-dimensional plane using the repetition of a geometric shape with no overlaps and no gaps. What is a Tessellation? PowerPoint: Tesselation Lesson Plan: Kidspiration Geometry) Reflection: It has been an honor to be inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society for Mathematics Majors. Hard work and perseverance has brought this honor to me and I am excited to be a member. Reflection: This NASA sponsored workshop was clearly one of the most exciting events that I have attended. Hands-on experimentation and certification in the "Robots and Ratios" professional development allows me to request NASA equipment and lesson development to use in my own classroom. I am looking forward to attending more workshops in order to build my certification portfolio. Reflection: As an "alternative" student, I have come to understand the challenges facing returning adults in the college setting. Pinnacle Honor Society awards those of us who can show that hard work and success in pursuing a college degree later in life. I am honored to be inducted into this society and hope to remain an active alumni. Praxis I (PPST) Praxis II (PLT and Content) Lesson Plan: Understanding the Mathematics Textbook - Sets, Operations on Sets, Counting and the Whole Numbers and Venn Diagrams (Numbers and Operations) Lesson Plan: Discrete Mathematics Concepts Using the think-Aloud Strategy Math Study Skills Guide Sheet One opportunity that I hope to continue well after graduation is the Book Study. One such book study, "Flipping Your Classroom" taught me valuable ways to use technology in order to help stimulate the curiosity that so often times is lacking in some of our high school students. This study was one of many valuable tools that I hope to be able to bring to my classroom. During this semester long analysis, I was fortunate enough to be see how a "flipped classroom" is designed and implemented and it is my hopes to be able to incorporate some of the techniques in my own learning environment, such as video lectures, project-based learning classrooms and mastery knowledge understanding. . "Leadership Redefined" helped to assist me in building my management skills and clearly defined some of the steps that I would be encountering when I finally have students and a classroom of my own. This one-day seminar gave me numerous ideas for my teaching "toolbox". Dave Weber, our guest speaker who possesses a charismatic and energetic theory of leadership was a wonderful orator and I hope to be attending one of his meetings again in the future. Mr. Weber gave the audience a wealth of ideas for teaching through "leading" and his ideas and thoughts are valuable for classroom management in the future. My attendance during the seminar titled "Secrets of Success from the Secret Service" was purely accidental, but proved that many unrelated topics can be useful in the teaching industry if applied correctly. This seminar was a wonderful expose' from a former Secret Service agent who shared his story of working his way through the Secret Service ranks in order to become one of the President's Trench-coat agents. During this seminar I realized the potential of guest speakers who can motivate my student's and share real-life experiences with them. These opportunities not only give the student's a break from the normal school day, but encourage and motivate them to become inspired to follow their dreams, no matter how high or lofty. My final addition here is my invitation to sit on the Kanawha Professional Development Schools Committee as one of two student representatives from West Virginia State University. It is an honor to be asked to sit and participate on this committee and I am so very thankful for the opportunity to do so. During my membership I have been able to see the inner-workings of some of the county’s most innovative teachers and teaching departments, as well as schools who work with our higher-at-risk children in the area. KDP and its participants hope to make a difference in their student's lives, by promoting professional development for teachers in the participating schools. I believe that in order for all teachers to remain highly-qualified and effective, it is imperative to remain active and current in order to make each experience positive for their students and understand that ALL student's can learn. Lesson 1: First Days Lesson II: Growth Lesson Plan: Solving binomials using FOIL method (Algebra) Lesson Plan: Bar Graph Statistics using Sports Teams (Data and Probability Barnett, Thomas Isaac., Susan McMahon, and Janet Pittock. Math User's Handbook: Hot Words, Hot Topics. Mountain View, CA: Creative Publications, 1998. Print.
“GeoHive." - Population Statistics. Web. 24 Apr. 2012. <http://www.geohive.com>.
"Math and Science Across Cultures: Activities and Investigations from the Exploratorium (9781565845411): Maurice Bazin, Modesto Tamez, Exploratorium Teacher Institute, The Exploratorium Teacher Institute: Books. 23 Apr. 2012.
"The Mathematics Quilt." Www.personal.psu.edu. Web. 24 Apr. 2012. <http://www.personal.psu.edu/axd2/quilt/qlt01.html>.
"UNSD // United Nations Statistics Division - Demographic and Social Statistics." Web. 24 Apr. 2012. <http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/default.htm>. References Next Day 5 Can we work together? Next Day 4 How do different cultures use math in play and recreation? Next Day 1 How do different cultures use Mathematics and Numbers?
Yoruba Tribes in Africa
Egyptian Fractions Next Does everyone “count” the same way?
How are shapes and patterns important to other cultures?
How can data collected be used to solve issues in developing countries?
How do different cultures use math in play and recreation? Content Questions: Next Is Mathematics the “Same” Around the World?
To better understand the role Culture plays in the field of Mathematics Essential Question: Next
A Thematic Unit Lesson Plan
Created by Tami Kascic Mathematics:
A Universal Language? Next Student’s Should:
be able to have knowledge and understanding of numbers, algebra, shapes, space and measurements.
be able to creatively use emerging technologies to enhance mathematical understanding.
be able to use creative thinking in their approach to solving mathematical real-world problems.
be able to increase their competency using pencil and paper methods as well as technology.
be able to increase their confidence in the use of mathematical language and notation.
better understand the role culture plays in the field of mathematics.
In The End…… Next
3 new things you learned
2 areas you have improved on
1 area to focus on for improvement 3-2-1 Assessment Next Diagnostic: Question and Answer during Lesson Introductions
Formative: Monitoring during the lessons and offering guidance to those who are struggling
Summative: Rubric Assessment and Corrected Worksheets Assesment http://Geohive.com Next Day 3 How can data collected be used to solve issues in developing countries? Next How have different cultures influenced the numbers and mathematics we use today?
How has culture affected the way math is presented around the world? Unit Questions: Next Day 2 How have different cultures adapted mathematics to their needs?
Islamic Tiling Patterns
Nature, Art, Beauty