Mathematicians seek and use patterns to formulate new conjectures; they resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proof. When mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back as written records exist. The research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or even centuries of sustained inquiry.
Hello! I am excited for another year of teaching math at AFSA! Math is a commonly "misunderstood" subject, but it should not need to be. Math at AFSA is how math should be--engaging, challenging, and fun! I encourage creative thinking, sharing ideas, finding new ways to problem solve, and persevering. Using hands on materials helps deepen the understanding of mathematics. You will always see my excitement when we use algebra tiles! In my free time I like to read, paint, play music, and spend time with my boyfriend and our puppy Rufus.
I believe success in the math classroom builds with confidence and the ability to explain your struggles and accomplishments to others. All students can be successful in math if they are willing to try new things, ask for help from others, and explain their thought process (right or wrong) to peers. I love that AFSA allows me and the students to be flexible in our learning, try new things, and encourage thinking outside the traditional box. I enjoy spending time with my three little girls, hanging at the beach, golfing, and exploring new places.
Hello! My name is Lara Spector and this will be my second year teaching math at AFSA and my 11th year teaching high school math altogether. I have a degree in Math Education from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, along with a minor in music and theater. I also have a masters degree in Educational Technology from Concordia University - Saint Paul. I live in Roseville with my husband and three kids. We enjoy spending time on the lake and playing outside.