Extending the Concept

Ms. England's Lesson: Extending the Concept

Next, we'll see how Ms. England's class moves beyond the textbook lesson to include extensions of the concept.

Ms. England's Biosketch: Ana England is a bilingual English/Spanish teacher with 27 years experience. She is currently teaching mathematics at Lakeview Middle School. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, focusing on Early Adolescent Mathematics.

Her quote to note: "Let's not lose sight of the fact that we are here to educate children--to teach them to think, and not just to take tests."

Classroom Setting: Ms. England's first period class is an advanced class called Enhanced Algebra and Geometry. Of the 27 eighth-grade students, 10 are English Learners and 17 are Fluent English Proficient. 15 are Latino, 5 are Asian/Pacific Islander, and 7 are Caucasian.

School Setting: Lakeview Middle School enrolls approximately 918 students of diverse ethnicity in grades 6-8. It is located in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District in Santa Cruz County, California. The school is a low-performing, low-socioeconomic public school with a strong parent support base. A Gear-Up program, new block scheduling, and after school activities contribute to teacher effectiveness and student achievement in mathematics.