Alexander J. Noguerola
Struggling Students Deserve Better Teachers
Teaching mathematics to students who struggle is challenging. It is even more challenging not being traditionally trained to teach mathematics. Yet, I must keep growing in order to become better. Why? Because mathematics can be a tool to help, liberate, and provide a social justice view. I work with students who are further behind in their skills and struggle with upper level mathematics. I work to change the mindsets of students and help build their toolboxes to be successful. I need to grow first and implement practices in class that are research-based, effective, and push students to build growth-mindsets and strong reasoning skills. My students are at a cross-roads in mathematics and need to be best supported in setting up the rest of their life in mathematics. Math is integral to life, and I need to be the best so that I can support students in the right ways.