Mrs. Brittny Schjolin
Department: MathematicsTeam: Wild CatsE-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom: A6Planning Period: 4A and 7BExtra Help: Wednesday 3:30-4:20 (need parent permission)Educaiton is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. - Paraphrased from Albert EintsteinMath with Mrs. SchjolinThis is a course about thinking.You are here to learn how to think better and to use your thinking to accomplish things in the world.The essence of thinking is sense-making. To make sense of things, you have to understand them, which means you have to want to understand them. One of our mottos in this class is, You gotta wanna. This is as important in mathematics as in everything else.So everything in this class is about making sense of things. In mathematics — as in life — we mostly make sense of problems. If you do not yet know that life presents a steady stream of problems to be solved, you will soon.In this class, we happen to use mathematics as a ground for thinking. I will tell you a secret up front: I don’t actually care if you ever “use” this stuff ever again or not... so please don’t waste time asking me that question. It is a boring and senseless question. What I care about passionately is that youlearn how to think and communicate at a more advanced level than you are capable of right now.And that is what we are going to work on.Thinking better is a set of skills you can actually learn and use at this school. It is the appropriate focus of math class.Since you are going to be thinking for the rest of your lives, you are going to need to make sense of things you don’t initially understand. And then you’re going to have to persuade other people that your thinking is right. So your goal in this course should be to grow as an active sense-maker who is skilled in using these tools of thinking.
You should also learn to treat your thinking with respect. The mind is a muscle, and this school is a place where we work to strengthen our thinking muscles. That means we need to develop strength, flexibility, and endurance in our thinking — in other words, you need to become a strong thinker, a flexible thinker, and a persistent thinker. You also need to become a good collaborator, which means you need to become a better listener.
While there are no guarantees, I can promise you that if you focus on these goals here, you will do well in this class, and these skills will carry you very far in your life.Mrs. Schjolin is very excited to begin her 12th year teaching math at Farmwell Station! Mrs. Schjolin is certified to teach Secondary Mathematics and Middle School Science. She has a BA in Middle Childhood Math & Science Education (Cedarville University, 2007) and a Masters in Math Education Leadership (George Mason University, 2013). Mrs. Schjolin is also a National Board Certified teacher (2013).She was born and raised in Loudoun County. She has always had a love and passion for math and science. She likes to spend her spare time with her husband and son cheering for all the Washington sports teams.
Last Modified on August 16, 2018