Teaching High School Mathematics
My name is Kaleb Allinson and I’m a math teacher at LSHS in Lake Stevens, WA. I’ve been teaching since 1999 and I currently teach Algebra and AP Calculus AB. I’ve been reading some math teacher blogs for the past 5+ years and have really enjoyed reading different insights and discovering cool new ideas. Although I work with a great staff, it’s difficult to find the time to get together and talk about the things that come up so easily in the Math Twitter Blogosphere. Improving my teaching skills has always been important to me and so I thought that I would start a blog to help me reflect on my teaching. Occasionally I hit a lesson that I really love, but I’m not very good at recording the unique idea I came up with for use the next year, so the only way it gets into my standard set of lessons is if I remember it when it comes time to do it again. Writing about these moments will help me grab those ideas and improve on them the following year. This year I will also be the math department head which will come with some new challenges for me. (update: I’ve spent 4 years as department head and passed the baton on.) I hope that this blog will help me to improve my skills as a teacher and in turn help my students to have a greater understanding and hopefully a love of mathematics.