Featured author: Tammy Jones
After 30+ years in the classroom, Tammy Jones is now a mathematics, education, and technology consultant for K-12 and college students. She's working with schools and districts in both rural and urban environments to help make content accessible to all students.
We chatted with Tammy about her experience teaching and being a successful TES author, and here’s what she had to say about:
What makes a good resource
A good teaching resource provides students with an engaging experience; learning is experiential. A good teaching resource is one that has a low threshold and a high ceiling. It has the flexibility to be easily adapted to meet the needs of our ever-growing diverse student populations. It’s structured to incorporate logical reasoning, writing, and when possible, interdisciplinary and literacy connections.
Her motivation for publishing resources on TES
STUDENTS! My motivation is to make content accessible to all students. Teachers have so many demands upon them in today’s environment. Time is their most precious resource. They’re faced with more challenges, including diverse student populations, than ever before. I’m fortunate to have resources that I created over the past 30 plus years for my own students. I saw how students were engaged and challenged by many of the experiences that I provided. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with students of diverse abilities and backgrounds. I’m also fortunate to have the opportunity to try out new resources in classrooms as I work with students, teachers, and schools currently. At the end of the day – it’s all about the students!
A memorable story from her teaching career
I was reminded of this experience at a 20 year class reunion this summer! This was a very “in the moment” experience and not planned at all. I was getting a geometry investigation going. It was winter. One of the students suddenly shouted, “It’s snowing!” We looked outside – and was it snowing. The largest, most beautiful, most perfect snowflakes you have ever seen were floating gently down from the sky.
I immediately turned to the class and told them to get their Mathematician’s Notebooks, pencils, and coats. Their assignment, go outside, sketch a snowflake as it lands on your partner’s jacket. Be prepared to come back in and write about the geometry and science of the snowflake. We only spent about 15 minutes or so outside, but the students got to see how unique the snowflakes were, capture a few of them through their sketches, and have an experience that has been remembered beyond the classroom. The discussions about those snowflakes and the associated geometry and science lasted for days. It spring-boarded into discussions about fractals and beyond.
Tantalizing Tangrams! Use this multidisciplinary project to challenge students by manipulating seven geometric pieces. Tangram shapes support development of fractions, area, linear measurement and spatial reasoning. This 31 page packet includes everything you need- literacy connections, discussion prompts, ideas for using tangrams to study fractions and several extensions for differentiation!
This resource takes a thoughtful, interdisciplinary approach to mathematics. For students who think they’re solely “math” or “humanities” people, this resource can help them see how the two disciplines can interact in interesting ways. It’s chock full of writing prompts that encourage students to choose and use their words with precision and care while they think about mathematics.
Your class will be set for math and literacy interdisciplinary learning for the entire year! This excellent resource provides numerous activities that go along with many of our favorite books. You’ll be able to connect math concepts with stories allowing students to be engaged and retain information at the same time. There are over 80 activities which include writing prompts, exploration, and activities for while you read.
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