Encouraging Mathematical Thinking



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 Susan Boone       [Project Reflections]

School type Private, College Preparatory, All Girls Catholic (Dominican) High School
Student population 11% Asian or Pacific Islander
3% African-American
10% Hispanic
76% All others
Grade level 9-12
Subjects Algebra 1 and Algebra 2
Student ability range Students are admitted partly based on test scores, so most students are middle- to high-ability. In addition, students are grouped into honors and regular sections for mathematics. The Algebra 2 class in the video is middle- to high-ability.
Class sizes 20
Administrative support Very supportive.
Curricular reforms Support the NCTM Standards.
Texts: Algebra I & II: Integration, Application, and Connections; Glencoe
Technology used in class Computers (web, spreadsheets, & software like Sketchpad for demonstrations),
TI-83 Graphing Calculator required,
Laptop Program to be implemented 2000-2001 school year for all incoming freshwomen.
No. years teaching experience 14 years in urban middle schools, 8 years at Saint Agnes Academy
Internet experience Master Teacher for GirlTECH '96, '97, '99;
email, web page creation, teach web page design classes to area educators;
Technology Team at Saint Agnes Academy
On-Line Algebra Lessons
Teach web page design classes to area educators;
Web-Site Team at Saint Agnes Academy
Professional goals Be the best teacher I can personally be.
Other mentions Susan has been recognized for the following:
  • On-Line Algebra Lessons
  • her work with girls in the book by Roberta Furger in Does Jane Compute.
  • participates in the Park City/Institute for Advanced Studies Mathematics Institute,
  • presented at SuperComputing '96
  • ENC's 1996 Hard Drive Cafe.
  • She was selected in '96 to be a Teacher Advisor at the AAUW Teacher Institute.
  • 1990-1991 Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow awarded by the American Association of University Women(AAUW)
  • 1986-1987 GTE GIFT (Growth Initiative for Teachers) Fellow. This fellowship is awarded to teams of one math andone science teacher to develop and implement an innovative integrated math and science curriculum.


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