Passionate, driven and called to be a teacher. My name is Lotoya Patrick-Taylor, a sister, a wife, a mom, a friend and a teacher.
I was trained to be a teacher in Jamaica, where I received my Teaching Diploma in Mathematics at Church Teachers’ College and my BA in Mathematics from Southern New Hampshire University (Hons), U.S.A. I am also a U.K accredited SSAT Lead Practitioner.
I have been teaching high school mathematics for just over eight years. Taught for four years in Jamaica, worked as a mathematics coach and delivered workshops to various maths departments. I am currently in my fourth year in the United Kingdom, where I am the Lead teacher of maths at my school.
In addition to being a classroom teacher in the U.K, I am a maths coach and I also deliver training sessions at my school and to a network of schools. Roles I thoroughly enjoy – I love people and I love collaborating, sharing and learning (hence, the reason I decided to start this blog).
One of the things that I am well known for in all my circles, is that I am always sharing ideas which I think are worth sharing – I share them with my friends, with my family, and I share ideas with my fellow co-workers and teacher friends in different parts of the world. However, as we all know, ideas are great, reading about them is wonderful (applause for all those who love to read and research), however, they are almost worthless if you let all these jolly good ideas remain on the pages. You must take Action!
So this is why I am always experimenting with researched strategies on best practices to teach and learn mathematics. And, this is the core behind this blog:
a. to share some of my experience using various teaching strategies in mathematics;
b. to collaborate with you, educators, on what strategies you have tried that have worked ‘magically’ (to this end let’s just say, it worked so good you couldn’t believe it yourself…at least in that moment)
c. to use this space to learn, to share, to tap each other on the shoulders, and perhaps most importantly, to better our best at teaching mathematics.