2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching
Each year the President of the U.S. recognizes outstanding K-12 science
and math teachers throughout the country. One math and one science
educator is chosen from each state who exemplifies deep content
knowledge combined with the ability to motivate students in science and
Rolling Along in Centimeters, a mathematics lesson where students roll toy cars down a ramp, then measure the distance the cars traveled, is always a success in Beverly Jordan’s class. “In my classroom, mathematics is based on real investigations and students are encouraged to ask questions, which makes the subject exciting and allows them to take ownership of their learning,” explained Jordan. Her teaching style provides students with hands-on, exploration-based mathematics lessons. “This way students are eager to participate, and as a result their learning is enhanced,” she said.
Being a facilitator, it is my job to use careful questioning to guide my students so that they are always thinking and discovering in my classsroom. This style of teaching allows students to become more actively involved in the lessons and in their own learning. Year after year, mathematics is often my students’ favorite subject and I believe it is because I teach mathematics based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards, allow students to work in cooperative groups, and use real-life examples.