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Ms. Traci Hedetniemi
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R C Edwards Middle School
Clemson, SC
Class Information:
Class Description:
I teach a diverse group of 8th graders, ranging from Honors Algebra I students who are taking a high school credit course in middle school to a special education inclusion class of 8th grade math.
8th Grade Math Teacher
Due to the recession, budget cuts at our school and in our district have significantly reduced available funding for classroom supplies, and I feel that I am not able to provide my students with the technological tools that match the needs of today's society.
My Philosophy:
I believe that school mathematics needs to be based on giving each student mathematical power through the development of problem-solving, reasoning and proof, and communication skills. I view my classroom as a collaborative community in which we explore challenging problem tasks together, developing significant mathematical concepts in context.
Personal Information:
About Me:
I am 30 years and will be starting my 7th year teaching 8th grade at my school. I previously taught for one year at the high school level.
College and Degrees:
I have a B.A. in Mathematical Sciences and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education-Mathematicsfrom Clemson University. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Curiculum & Instruction with an emphasis in secondary mathematics from Clemson University.
Favorite Quotes:
"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." ~HelenKeller
*developing students' problem-solving skills *incorporatingwriting as a way to develop mathematical reasoning *incorporatingtechnology into the classroom
Employment History:
R.C. Edwards Middle School: 2005-2006 school year to present T.L. Hanna High School: 2003-2004 school year
Percent of Students are:
     High-achiever: 36 %
     Special Needs: 13 %
Percent of Students are:
     White/Caucasian : 77 %
     Hispanic: 4 %
     African American: 15 %
     Native American: 1 %
     Asian: 3 %
Free/Reduced Lunch Program Enrollment:: 37 %
ESL Enrollment:: 6 %
Average number of students in class:: 32 students
Number of students I teach:: 135 students