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Patrick Raleigh

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"Why is it that in society if someone says 'Hey I can't do math, I am no good at it!' that many others respond by saying 'I know what you are talking about, I can't do it either!' and everyone laughs and cuts up BUT if someone says 'Hey I can't read or write, I am no good at it!' the whole room goes quiet, eyes shift to the floor and everyone walks away from that person like something was wrong with them." – Patrick Raleigh

Patrick has been an educator for 17 years. He began his working career in the financial arena. Although he liked his work, he felt like something was missing. Patrick then went to back to school to receive his master's degree in Education. He has never regretted the decision to become a teacher and has enjoyed every day.

Patrick has a broad range of teaching experiences including 6th grade Math, 8th grade Science, 8th grade U.S. History, and 8th grade Math. However, his favorite classes are Algebra and Geometry. These are two classes where there are so many real world applications.

Outside of school Patrick loves being outdoors: running in the woods, biking through farmlands, or teeing it up on the golf course. In addition to being active he enjoys hanging by the pool and reading a good book. His family is so important to him. His wife of over 20 years is his rock. His three children are active and keep them both busy. One is playing college lacrosse, one is super involved in chorus and his youngest loves school.   

Patrick says the reason he teaches is to learn. Working with teachers is best part of this career. “You can always learn something from other teachers if you are open to it. Be open!”

Participants in this course will examine methodologies to facilitate the development of a mathematical mindset centered around the research of Dr. Carol Dweck’s mindset theory, Dr. Jo Boaler’s classroom approach, and Dr. Susan Johnston-Wilder’s international research in math anxiety components. Participants will reflect on their own teaching practices and explore strategies and frameworks that incorporate a student’s mathematical experience and evolution. The foundations of developing a mathematical mindset will be researched. Strategies for helping students, teachers, and parents understand what a mathematical mindset is and how it is effectively implemented by reducing math anxiety will be explored. Participants will learn how to create a welcoming, yet challenging mathematic classroom experience, implement strategies/best-practices to foster a mathematical mindset for their students. Participants will learn that math stress/anxiety reducing strategies in one’s classroom and helping students understand their anxieties can improve their internal motivation. Additional topics in the course are effective lesson planning to combat math anxiety to grow mathematical mindsets, explore online/digital resources to support mathematic classroom needs, including students with special needs, and making meaningful connections with parents to strength and preserve the mathematical mindset at home.
Course #: GMF23502
Dates: 12/04/23 - 01/02/24

Instructional Strategies Content-Area Teaching Mathematics


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