The Math Forum: 1998 Summer Institute - sum98

July 6-11, 1998 - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Ginny Renzi - Online Participant


Ginny Renzi is a Math and Learning Specialist whose work brings her into close contact with students from first grade to college. She teaches math at all levels, including calculus.

Ginny does a substantial amount of diagnostic teaching, generally using informal methods that can be easily applied in a classroom setting. As a result of her informal diagnostics (often accompanied by previous formal testing) she makes specific recommendations for her own teaching, for classroom teachers, and for the students themselves. In addition to providing one-on-one instruction to approximately 35 students per week on a year-round basis, she has given workshops at various conferences (ASCD, NCTM and Orton) both on a national and a local level. She finds that many teachers are eager to assist their struggling students but that they often lack the specific training and resources to proceed.

Over the years, Ginny has created diagnostic and teaching materials on the computer that could be made available to teachers. She has also written "several essays on subjects such as DAMN mistakes (often referred to as "careless errors" by teachers), fine motor problems, and the importance of language proficiency in the learning of math." An example of one of her essays is "Who Died and Made Calculus King?"

Ginny feels she has specific knowledge that could enhance her colleagues' understanding of mathematics disabilities, particularly for students in included classrooms.

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