Welcome to Mr. Whitcher's Math Page !!
What are Algebra Tiles?
If you're in my Math 8 class, we are using these in our current chapter. If you are in Advanced 7 Math, we will be using them very soon. SO. . .everyone needs to know what these are and how they work, even parents.
Check out this video that covers what they are, what they are called, and why. FUN!
In case you missed back to school night, here's a short video to tell you a bit about me and what goes on in my classroom:
Here are a few social media links of mine that you should check out to stay up to date on what's happening both in and out of class:
subscribe to the whitchermath channel on youtube! I've created nearly 200 videos, organized by standard. All the cool kids are doing it!
@mrwhitcher on instagram! Practice and other stuff posted daily during the school year. Other random stuff posted all the time.
@mr_whitcher on twitter
MegaMath on facebook!
MegaMath on iTunes! What? Hey, it's on amazon, googleplay and other places, too!
Hey!! I was on the KGW morning news last week! The weatherman, Nick Allard, is leaving for Seattle and I made a little goodbye song for him. They spelled my name wrong, but I'm fine with that! :-)
About Me. . .
Hey, who is this Mr. Whitcher dude? Where did he come from? Why is he here? Is he just a hologram? Please read on, to find the answers to these and other compelling questions.
I LOVE teaching! It is absolutely the best thing I can think of doing every day. I have taught math at Twality Middle School for the past 8 years, and am super excited to be here at Hazelbrook, starting a new teaching adventure with you.
I started my education career volunteering in my daughter LIndsey's 1st grade classroom at Deer Creek Elementary. I love being part of this community and believe strongly in our district and our schools.
I am entering my 9th year of teaching. "Wow!" you may think, "Someone as old as you must have been teaching for a long time!" The truth is, I've had quite a variety of jobs in the past, many of which you will hear about in class now and then, all of which have contributed to my understanding of how math works in the real world. My diverse past has also taught me that there is nowhere I'd rather be every day than in the classroom with smiling, energetic kids who are ready to learn all kinds of things.
I live in Tigard with my dreamgirl, Becky. You, or more likely an older sibling, may know her as Mrs. Beeler at Tualatin High School. She is the greatest teacher in the world, and I've learned a lot from her! I have two daughters: Lindsey, who is now a senior at Tualatin High School, and Elle, who will be 5 years old in November. I have gotten permission from both of them to tell embarrassing stories during class, so you will get to know them very well. :-)
I have attended Washington State University, Guitar Institute of Technology, Portland Community College, Portland State University, and University of Phoenix, where I earned my Master's Degree in Education in 2007.
I also love playing the guitar and singing. This happens in class every now and then. Make sure you're here that day. :-) You can learn more about the music that happens in our classroom by checking out the MegaMath page on this site. Other things I enjoy: basketball, crossfit, Duck football games, and hanging out with my family.
I am excited to meet you and learn all about you!
Here's the video of our trip to Salem on April 16, 2015. Thank you to an incredible group of Twality kids for making this tons of fun for me, from our first practice to our final performance!
You all ROCK!!