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Teacher Name: Michelle Harada
Subjects I Teach: Math Instructional Lead Teacher
Welcome to Eagle's Landing Middle School! I am the Title I Math Instructional Lead Teacher at ELMS. I work closely with the math teachers in the school to make math engaging and exciting and expose students to various strategies to make math more accessible. I advocate the use of manipulatives to help teach concepts, using technology almost daily, and authentic problems and tasks to show that, yes, math is really used in the world outside of school! Students need to engage in "patient problem solving" and "productive struggle". Students need to understand that's it's okay to struggle; we need to persevere through our problems! Struggling and making mistakes is part of the learning process; it is the struggle that leads to learning. We encourage them to "fail forward", for we learn more from our failures than we ever do from our success.
"It has been a long trip," said Milo, climbing onto the couch where the princesses sat; "but we would have been here much sooner if I hadn't made so many mistakes. I'm afraid it's all my fault."
"You must never feel badly about making mistakes," explained Reason quietly, "as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons." - Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
Many mistakes have changed the world! Coca-cola, sticky notes, rubber tires, chocolate chip cookies and penicillin are just a few of the more notable ones! Keep making mistakes and you will always continue to learn!
Check my website for notes, videos, and other resources that may be helpful as you navigate math this year. You can stay updated on what's going on here at school by liking us on Facebook (Eagle's Landing Middle School) and following us on Twitter @ELMS_HCS.
I welcome all communication from parents. After all, neither one of us can do it alone and we need to work together to do what is best for your child. Should you ever need to reach me, the quickest way is by email, but you can call the school as well and I will get back to you as quickly as I can.
Remember that good mathmatics is not about how many answers you know. It's how you behave when you don't.
I look forward to a year full of thinking and learning!