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Mark
Flatley

Teacher

Mathematics

I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

(Isaac Newton)


Educational Philosophy:

Paradoxically, it's usually students who appreciate Mathematics on a level beyond simply "how do you get the answer," that are by far the best at getting the answers. So, while "guided practice" will always be one of the cornerstones of effective Mathematics instruction, when possible we strive to stimulate curiosity as well as the strengthening of reasoning and problem solving skills. This happens through practice when students get engaged in interesting inquiries and investigations, and when they practice taking risks - trying an approach to a challenging problem that they aren't sure works - discovering why it does or doesn't work - and sharing questions and insights with each other. The most effective Mathematics instruction is about creating an optimal environment where these things take place.

What I value most about ERHS:

Our students and our community are awesome.

About Me:

I have been teaching at ERHS since 2003. I earned a Bachelors Degree in Business from Southern Illinois University and a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Chicago. In addition I've taken many computer science classes at Loyola University Chicago.

This year I'm teaching Algebra 2, Advanced Math, DP Math SL Year 1(AP Calculus), and DP Math SL Year 2

http://www.mflatley.com