Teaching Math to Title I Students
Fifteen years ago, Alex Kajitani was a struggling new teacher in one of San Diego’s poorest neighborhoods. His students seemed unmotivated, unengaged and uninterested in what he was teaching. Demoralized and desperate, he set out on a journey to turn his class, and his life, around.
Today, Alex holds the title of California Teacher of the Year and Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year (2009) and is lauded for his motivating and innovative strategies that teachers can use to help ALL their students achieve in math. He’s also known as “The Rappin’ Mathematician,” and his books, videos and online programs are being used in homes and classrooms around the world.
In this inspiring and engaging professional development, Alex will share high-leverage,easy-to-implement approaches to teaching math that any teacher or administrator can use to help students:
- Connect the math they are learning to their own lives.
- Approach word problems with confidence, and persevere in solving them.
- Master their math facts, so they can focus on the higher level learning.
Throughout the session, Alex will tell refreshingly honest stories of his experiences as ateacher today, and interweave them with proven strategies that can be implementedthe very next day to make an immediate impact on students’ lives.
“Some of the most creative work I have ever seen a teacher do.”~Dr. Harry K Wong Author, The First Days of School
Alex Kajitani is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. His book, Owning It: Proven Strategies for Success in ALL of Your Roles As a Teacher Today, was named “Recommended Reading” by the U.S. Department of Education. Alex is also on a mission to help ALL students master their times tables, so he created the popular online program www.MultiplicationNation.com. A highly sought-after keynote speaker who supports and motivates teachers nationwide, Alex has a popular TED Talk, has been honored at The White House and is featured in numerous books and media outlets, including The CBS Evening News, where Katie Couric declared, “I LOVE that guy!”
For more, visit www.AlexKajitani.com.
Real Teacher ~ Fresh Ideas ~ Proven Strategies