8th Grade Algebra Teacher
Chaboya Middle School
Evergreen Elementary School District
August’s KBAY Teacher of the Month is Ruby Carino who teaches algebra. Ruby received a Classroom Grant to obtain a Smart Response Interactive Response System to engage students and help with individual assessment.
At Chaboya Middle School, Ruby teaches two Beginning Algebra classes and another three Algebra classes. The Teacher Innovation Grant improved her and her team’s ability to assess their students on a daily basis. With the Smart Response Interactive Response System, each student uses a handheld device that allows them to privately click and instantly send a response to teacher questions and comments. Ruby states, “We plan to end each lesson by presenting some standards based multiple-choice problems and have the students anonymously click in their answers. From there, the Smart Response System compiles the data and we can easily find the gaps and areas of concern [for each student]. We are hoping that the clickers will help to keep our kids engaged knowing that they will have to buzz in an answer to any given problem.”
Ruby says her favorite part of teaching is, “the everyday interaction with the students. I also enjoy becoming involved in the extra-curricular activities as well, so that I can really get to know my students in and out of the classroom. I have been coaching soccer at Chaboya for six years and this past year I helped put on our Multicultural Assembly, which was a big success.”
Ruby has taught for ten years at the San Jose Unified and Evergreen School Districts. She also attended school in the Evergreen area of San Jose and was a member of Chaboya Middle School’s first graduating class. She earned a scholarship through the Eastside Future Teacher’s Project at Santa Clara University (SCU) and eventually received her teaching credentials at SCU while playing NCAA soccer.
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