My name is Nicole Kooiman, and I am delighted to be your math teacher this year!! I have been a Santan Stormer since 2009, but have been teaching in the Chandler School District since 2005. I was born in Des Moines, Iowa but I lived in Mesa, Arizona for most of my life.
I have 2 mini stormers, Jacob & Reagan. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, reading, and going to Disneyland!
I hope you have an exciting year in math as we become great problem solvers.
My Education and Professional Background
*Dobson High School
*Arizona State University: Bachelors in Elementary Education
*University of Arizona: Masters of Arts in Teaching & Teacher Education w/ a STEM Emphasis
*Middle School Mathematics Endorsement
*AZ Assoc of Teachers of Mathematics Board Member
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that children learn mathematics to become better problem solvers and to be masters of the Standards for Mathematical Practice:
1)Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2)Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3)Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4)Model with mathematics.
5)Use appropriate tools strategically.
6)Attend to precision.
7)Look for and make use of structure.
8)Look for and express regularity
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