Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Physics, and Advanced Placement Physics (1)
Bachelors of Science in Mathematics at University of Wisconsin-Madison
One of the reasons I teach is because I love helping students learn how to reason and to develop their thinking skills. Whether this takes place in mathematics where logic is rigorously used to deduce countless implications from a few basic principles, in physics where we begin by discovering basic principles about the nature of motion and build up to complex systems of understanding, or in philosophy where we ask questions about how do we think about and learn about the nature morality, the art of reasoning is the most important skill a person can learn. As Aristotle once noted, “all men by nature desire to know.” When students are presented material in a hierarchically appropriate way such that they are able to understand it, they enjoy learning the material much more because they can actually understand it. And in the process, they are also learning how to reason by seeing it done properly.
This is my 15th year teaching at ULS, and I’ve been fortunate to be able to teach a variety of subjects. I enjoy being able to make connections with the students between all of the subjects that we study together. My son, Isaac, is currently an 8th grader at ULS, and I am grateful that he is able to attend this school.
On the PCR Educator platform, you will find information regarding the class calendar, assignments, quizzes and tests. I have a companion website where I keep my syllabi and various handouts and documents. You can get to that site by following this link: http://ulssmith.weebly.com.
If you would like to contact me, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (262) 367-6011 x2413.
“The natural inclination of a child is to take pleasure in the use of the mind no less than of the body. The child’s primary business is learning. It is also the primary entertainment. To retain that orientation into adulthood, so that consciousness is not a burden but a joy, is the mark of the successfully developed human being.” – Dr. Nathaniel Branden