My profile says I’m “fresh out of college” but that’s technically not true. I’m currently in my second year of teaching after graduating from Robert Morris University in 2014. I “joined” the #mtbos on twitter in 2013 and frequent blogs such as Kate Nowak’s Function of Time and Sarah Hagan’s Math = Love. After one year in the classroom, I feel like I’m ready to give blogging a shot myself.

So now, to introduce myself. My name is Rose Roberts, and I am a math teacher. I currently teach at Warhill High School (Go Lions!) in Williamsburg, VA. I grew up in Adrian, MI (Go Maples!) and went to college at RMU (Go Colonials!). Our school has a block schedule right now, meaning I teach 3 out of 4 blocks each day and the math classes are seen on both A and B days. Last year I taught two sections of year-long Algebra I with a collaborating teacher, and semester-long Geometry. I’m currently teaching the same things this year, but next semester I’ll be switching from semester-long Geometry to Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis (AFDA, an optional precursor to Algebra II).

My biggest goals this year are:

- have increased classroom management
- involve students more in goal-setting and keeping track of their grades and achievement levels
- expand concept-based grading from semester-long Geometry to AFDA (haven’t implemented it in year-long Algebra I yet, but that will be a goal next year if I am teaching it again)
- have a higher Algebra I pass rate
- blog once a week

As a end-note, we’re one month in to school and some of the new things I’m implementing are really trying my patience (and sometimes the patience of my students) but I have faith that by June it will all work out.

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