Dear Woodside Families,
Welcome to a new school year! For the new families at Woodside, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. This is my 16th year in education. I am a graduate of UC Davis (Go Aggies!) with bachelors in both Political Science and Communications. I earned my multiple subject teaching credential and my masters in education (my thesis focused on the academic achievement of gifted students vs. high achievers) at Saint Mary’s College of Moraga (Go Gaels!). My curiosity to work with gifted students also led me to earn a GATE credential. I am currently working on my doctoral degree at University of Southern California (Go Trojans!) in Organizational Leadership.
Before I came to Woodside, I was a teacher in San Ramon Unified School District and was an instructional coach there. After earning administrative credential at Cal State East Bay and working as a summer school assistant principal in San Ramon, I was encouraged to be a full time school administrator and became an assistant principal at Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose. After Bret Harte, I was encouraged by my superintendent, Dr. Matthews to be an assistant principal at Booksin. I later became the principal at Booksin and was in charge of leading a school with 72 staff and 800 students.
Last year was my first year at Woodside. Woodside community has been kind, generous, and supportive. Woodside E.S. is truly an amazing place for our students, staff, and parents. I am proud of our team and feel blessed to be part of it.
I currently live in San Jose with my husband, Cris and our son, Brayden. We also have two dogs, Coco and Mya. Brayden is a 3rd grader at Woodside. He keeps me busy with his extracurricular activities. I am a soccer mom and my weekends are filled with Brayden’s lessons and tournaments.
I am passionate about our school and excited to share my ideas and goals to our Woodside families. I look forward to a fantastic school year filled with making wonderful memories and developing lifelong learners.
Woodside students focus on eight Mathematical Practices while learning the math content standards at each grade level. The eight Mathematical Practice standards complement the content standards by helping students to see their world through a mathematical lens, reason mathematically, and use mathematics thoughtfully and effectively to solve problems.
As part of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics, one of the most important requirements is that correct answers alone will not be enough. Correct answers are very important, but along with them there is a new set of “mathematical practices” that all teachers will expect from their students. This is part of their preparation for 21st century jobs.
In today’s environment, there are “habits of mind” that students need to develop and use when they employ math strategies, talk about the math they are learning, and solve problems. These practices help them learn the content and describe how students should be able to use the mathematics they learn in the world. These skills are important to employers who want to hire people who can solve problems and make sense of things. These are the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice.
The Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice are:
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
Reason abstractly and quantitatively
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
Model with mathematics
Use appropriate tools strategically
Attend to precision
Look for and make use of structure
Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
These Mathematical Practices can be reworded in student friendly language:
I can try many times to understand and solve a math problem.
I can think about the math problem in my head, first.
I can make a plan, called a strategy, to solve the problem and discuss other students’ strategies too.
I can use math symbols and numbers to solve the problem.
I can use math tools, pictures, drawings, and objects to solve the problem.
I can check to see if my strategy and calculations are correct.
I can use what I already know about math to solve the problem.
I can use a strategy that I used to solve another math problem.
For more information and examples, refer to: http://www.insidemathematics.org/common-core-resources/mathematical-practice-standards