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Iwitness News: Breaking Into Geometry

Innovation in Teaching Competition: Ashley Bailey from Bear Creek Middle School

Grade Level

Content Area/Instructional Strategy

Overview

In this interactive geometry unit, students work in differentiated groups to master finding the area and volume of two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. Throughout the unit, students use technology – including iPads, video conferencing apps, and 3D printers – to identify shapes around the school and practice geometric calculations. The unit concludes with a final project where students diagram, label, and calculate the volume and surface area of their classroom.

Standards Addressed

Mathematics:
M.6.G.1, M.6.G.2, M.6.G.4, M.6.EE.2.c, M.6.NS.1, M.6.NS.1, M.6.NS.2, M.6.NS.3

About the Teacher

Ashley Bailey
Bear Creek Middle School
Barrow County Schools

Ashley Bailey is currently a 6th grade mathematics teacher at Bear Creek Middle School in Statham, Georgia. Hanging on her wall in her classroom is a picture she drew in kindergarten that says, “When I grow up, I want to be a teacher.” Teaching has always been her calling, and she hopes to inspire students the way she was inspired by teachers growing up. Ms. Bailey believes it is important to move beyond the “sit and get” model of teaching and engage students in hands-on learning. This approach nurtures student independence, motivation, and investment in learning. Above all, she knows she has done her job when her students show enthusiasm for the projects they do in class. Her best piece of teaching advice is to try something new, and if it doesn’t work, try something else. Ms. Bailey received her Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education from Piedmont College, Master of Education from Brenau University, and an Education Specialist degree from the University of West Georgia. She has been selected as teacher leader in Barrow County Schools for the last two school years. In this role, she hosts professional learning three times a year for teachers throughout the district. She also serves as a representative on the School Governance Team and a Digital Coach for the county.