Help send Adam Reeder, Piedmont- Triad Regional Teacher of the Year, on the 2018 Global Teachers program by helping him reach his goal of $6,500.
I teach mathematics at Asheboro High School, where I have taught all 17 years of my career. I currently teach college preparatory math, as well as Pre-Calculus and Calculus.
I went on a mission trip to Cuba in 2014, and the immersion into another culture, under a different system of government, was eye opening. Through that trip, I gained not only a deeper appreciation of all that has been afforded to me in the United States, but I also learned of the resilience, gratitude and generosity of the Cuban people. The lessons that I learned there have affected my outlook on life in many ways.
Similarly, I wish to gain a broader perspective of education and the applications of my content through the Global Teachers program. Understanding how students in other countries learn – the structure of their schools, the expectations that are placed on them from family and the community and the curriculum that they are expected to learn – will show me how/what I need to do in my classroom/school, as well as what we need to do in America to fit into the global economy.
I am also interested in the mathematical and engineering aspect of what we will be exposed to in China. Seeing the architecture, manufacturing and business models in another culture will provide real-world examples of the uses of the mathematics that I teach.