Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Secondary Education: Mathematics, History and Government Masters in Special Education
Hi my name is Christine Lodal. This is my 8th year teaching after getting my degree at Boise State University. I lived in Fort Collins, Colorado where I earned my master’s degree. My husband was the smartest kid in my junior high math class. Together we have two daughters and three rescue dogs. This is my first year at Sawtooth Middle and I’m very excited.
Homework: Practice, Practice, Practice
Learning is a journey. You did not wake up on your first birthday walking. You practiced and practiced. You failed. A lot. That is how all learning works. You got your adorable baby self back up and tried again. That is what is happening this year. Your homework is your practice. You will have homework almost every night. If you miss a day of school you can find out what the homework is at my website. Go to the calendar to find it
Grading: Its just feedback on your learning Grades are just a way for me, the teacher, to tell you the student where you are on your journey. It's like a map. If you get an A on a test then I’m saying “Hooray you have reached your destination” If you get a C on a test then I’m saying “Alright! You are getting there but you having quite reached your location.” If you get a F on a test then I’m saying “There is a problem. You took a wrong turn somewhere. Me and you need to sit down and get you back on track.” After you get your grade, you can practice and then redo the test. Please, please redo your tests. Your grade comes 100% from your tests and quizzes. When you come to me asking “How can I get my grade up?” I’m going to say “Redo your tests”.
Class Materials: Hello Textbook
Your homework is all from the textbook. Every student will have a textbook checked out to them. You can also access your textbook online. I suggest you use the online textbook because it has one very cool trick. It has homework help. For many of the tasks, it will give you hints on how to solve it. Use the hints! You will learn from more than just your teacher this year. You will learn from your classmates, from your parents, from technology and from your textbook. Use your resources.
You will need a math notebook. Pencils, lots of pencils. A dry erase marker would also be good. If you could donate tissues and hand sanitizer, I will gladly take it.
Communication: Text, Email, Call...
You can get a message sent about math homework every day! Are you one of my students and you want a text message at four o'clock to remind you about the homework? Sign up. Are you a parent who would like to know if your kids really is done with their homework? Sign up. Do you want to get emails instead of texts? Sign up. You can even send Mrs. Lodal a text message of your quick questions. All without exchanging numbers and recorded through a professional service made for teachers. Send a text to the number 81010, in the message write @lodal and then your class period. In first period then text @lodal1. Second period is @lodal2 and so on. If you want to stop getting the texts just reply to the text message with "STOP"
You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 208-855-4200