August 21, 2017
This page of my website will contain general information. For information concerning a specific class, please see that class’ page.
My 2017-2018 syllabus for 7th Grade Pre-Algebra is now online under “7th Grade Math”
July 23, 2014
Well, the school year is about to start, and I’m excited to see everyone! Here is some more information that you might find helpful:
- If there is anything I need to know about you to help you be successful this year, please let me know as soon as possible – even before school officially starts if you want (a seat up front to see or hear better, a seat in the back so you can stand up once in a while, etc).
- I respond very quickly to emails. I have a smartphone, iPad, Macbook, and desktop PC and get emails usually within minutes of when you send them. If you ever have any questions, concerns, or need help with homework, I will do my best to get back to you quickly.
- I would prefer that my students use a pencil, or a blue or black pen to do their work in my class. Mechanical pencils are great, in that they do not require trips to the pencil sharpener. However, if you like using a wooden pencil, feel free to use that in my class. If you are the type of student that tends to erase your work and leave just the answer when you’re done working on a problem, please use a blue or black pen to help break you of that habit – I LIKE to see your work! Please do not use ink colors other than blue or black – I’m old enough that I now need reading glasses. While neon green and neon orange are very pretty colors, I cannot read them very well and I want to make sure I can fully understand your work. Personally, I always have a mechanical pencil and black pen in my pocket at all times.
July 1, 2013
I am joining Denver School of the Arts for the 2013-2014 school year, having taught 7th & 8th Grade Math in Colorado Springs for the past 9 years (the last 3 in an International Baccalureate middle school). I’m excited to now be in Denver, and thrilled to be part of the DSA family! My credentials include a BS in Information Technology, a MA in Education, licensed by the Colorado Department of Education to teach Secondary Mathematics (7-12) with a Master Teacher endorsement, and I am a National Board Certified Teacher specializing in Mathematics – Early Adolescence.
To be successful in today’s global environment, students need to display certain characteristics. They need to be Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective. Additionally, the Standards for Mathematical Practice describe how math students should think and act. These skills include:
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
While I have a deep love and appreciation for Mathematics, I do not feel that Math and the Arts are “mutually exclusive” of each other! Prior to my teaching career, I spent over 20 years as a jeweler/goldsmith. Throughout elementary school, junior high and high school I played several musical instruments and was in the Concert and Marching Bands. While in school, I studied Spanish, German and Russian. I have coached middle school football and started a Robotics Club at my previous school. I strongly believe that people should be Balanced (see above).
This year, I hope to not only teach my students math, but to also help them gain or improve the tools they have to become life-long learners and successful students this year and in the future! As we get closer to the beginning of school in August, I will continue to add information to my site that I think will be useful to know. If you have any comments or concerns, feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting all of you soon!
Mr. Chris Freark