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Lisa Hall

K-6 Mathematics
Glen Allen, VA
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 math.
A student favorite in Lisa Hall’s classroom is Roundo, a game that teaches rounding whole numbers. Hall said, “Roundo is a simple and enjoyable way to practice a difficult concept. Rounding is not easy for many of the students I teach, but because of the game’s format, students have an exciting goal to work toward—winning!” To put students at ease learning mathematics, she regularly presents concepts in a fun or unique way so that students see learning as a challenge, not a chore. Hall added, “Games, stories, and puzzles that incorporate math are ideal because they catch students’ attention, spark their interest, and make class fun.”
I have learned how important it is for students not only to formulate answers, but also to discuss how they were found. Students expect teachers to tell them if a solution is right or wrong, but it is much more valuable for them to justify their ideas or strategies used. I always have a discussion at the end of my lessons so that students can explain their answers aloud. It takes practice, but it makes a big difference in students’ numbers sense development and communication skills.
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