I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, since I was 11 years old and I thought it was the most important job in the world. It has been many years since then but my belief in the power of education hasn’t changed one bit.
My journey to teaching led me through high school co-op placements,
tutoring in after-school programs and one-on-one settings, a Masters in Child Study & Education, classroom teaching in public and private schools, and brought me to JUMP Math six years ago. I was midway through my Masters when I first experienced JUMP Math used in a special education classroom: once I saw how simply each concept and skill was broken down into smaller steps and carefully sequenced to build mastery, I realized how easily teachers can support and assess exactly where a student is with a resource like this.
As luck would have it, JUMP Math was hiring teachers to develop their SMART Lesson Materials – interactive versions of their teacher lesson plans – and a classmate invited me to a training session. I began developing lesson plans part-time during my studies, and even continued when I started classroom teaching contracts in the public school system. As I worked with lesson plans and created the accompanying interactive slides, I learned how each lesson developed a concept with scaffolds and challenges, and always provided enough practice for the student at each step. The lesson plans and prompts prepare teachers to check for understanding, and equip them with what students might need next – whether it’s more practice or a question to extend their thinking. Needless to stay, when an opportunity came up to work full-time to support teachers using JUMP Math, I took it!
Please connect with me on here or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or need tips on using JUMP Math in your classroom.