This site is designed to be used by math teachers and students, principally grades 10 through 12 although some parts are not grade specific and math learning does not need to be bound by grades. I have used the arithmetic sequences introduction page with elementary school classes – its fun to see these kids popping out of their seats full of numbers and ideas! When the computer is generating the problems, I am no longer the keeper of answers – students tell me, rather than ask me.
My name is Aileen, I began teaching mathematics in August 2000. I have taught in England, Norway, Costa Rica and in BC Canada. For the last 12 years I have taught the IB diploma in the United World Colleges. I wrote the Mathematical Studies online textbook for kognity.com in 2014, and in so doing saw the potential for interactive classroom resources. I have recently downsized my career to be spend much more time with my fine family, and have gotten around to many things such as building a jungle gym in the garden and writing this website. I currently teach half time in my local high school – the sections FMP Grade 10 and A&W Grade 11 are a work in progress for my current classes.
I love to make things and to problem solve. When I’m not figuring out the details of this website, I’m generally busy doing something: biking, woodwork, sewing, cooking, every now and again I manage to get my kayak out again. And if its before kid-bedtime, then I’ll have small hands company for all of that!
I have always enjoyed the rhythm of numbers and the beauty of patterns. So far, I haven’t put any extrinsic entertainment/reward on the site – no aliens or monsters, and even for the most part, not even ‘scores’! Hopefully there is enough experience on the site that learners develop their own sense of mastery, in a similar way to any other practical skill.
If you have ideas about how you think I should be developing this site, let me know. Comments can be left on the home page or on the contact form.