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Professional BiographyDr. Michael McCabeMathematics Teacher
During 2019-2020 at Park View, Dr. McCabe teaches Geometry and FADA-B (Functions, Algebra, and Data Analysis). This is his second year teaching full time at Park View (last year he taught Modern World History). He substituted here and in other Sterling schools beginning in the fall of 2016.
The son of a U.S. Army officer, Dr. McCabe also served in the U.S. Army, as well as in the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. He has lived outside the United States, either as a child or as an adult, in England, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, and The Philippines. The multicultural experiences Dr. McCabe and his family have enjoyed both overseas and in Northern Virginia (1981, 1993-2000, 2016-Present) help make his teaching here at Park View, with its multicultural student body, a natural fit.
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Dr. McCabe also has Masters Degrees from the University of Southern California and the National Defense University. He received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Virginia.
Dr. McCabe strongly believes that math competency is a very important skill students should have upon graduation from high school, second only to English language competency. He views math as "building blocks" and "relationships". Visualizing math as "building blocks" helps illustrate how each math subject builds on what went before - block by block by block - into a solid structure of personal mathematical knowledge. It also shows how weaknesses early in one's internal math structure, such as not having multiplication tables memorized or not being able to transition quickly between fractions, decimals, and percents, makes one's experiences later in math, such as in Geometry and FADA, more difficult.
Visualizing math as "relationships" helps one to build an internal math structure more solidly and more quickly. The number 4, for example, is not only 1/5 of 20, it also is the square root of 16, one side of a 3-4-5 right triangle, and the product of 1/2 x 8. There are an infinite number of equations one can make that equal 4, and all of these equations show relationships between numbers. Understanding such relationships makes understanding math easier. In his Geometry and FADA classes, Dr. McCabe will focus periodically on math building blocks and relationships to help students build strong internal math structures.
Besides math, Dr. McCabe also is interested in history. Dr. McCabe and his wife each have done genealogical work and both descend from European immigrants to America in the 1600s. Dr. McCabe is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) through Revolutionary ancestors who lived here in Loudoun County.
Dr. McCabe's personal interests include logic, chess, personal fitness, humor, and learning about people and personalities. He and his wife have three children, six grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren.
Course InformationCurrent GradesPlease log into Phoenix/ParentvueCurrent Homework Assignments
Generally, my students do not have homework assignments. During the winter holiday break, World of Ideas students are to read a several page handout on What Makes a Society Just. Modern World History students should check their grades, complete any assignments for which they currently have a zero as a grade, and turn in those completed assignments upon returning to school.
Earlier in December, I provided each student with a packet of assignments for which s/he had a zero grade at that time. So far, not all students have completed and submitted those assignments. (Written Dec 20)Course Materials and HandoutsUpcoming Assessments
In January 2019 upon returning to school, Modern World History students will study The Industrial Revolution for the remainder of the semester. Their Unit Test will be given just before the semester ends.Course SyllabusQuarter (Nine Week) Plan Extra Curricular Positions Contact Information Address:
400 W. Laurel Ave., Sterling, VA 20164
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