Fall 2017 - Professor Kate Poirier

Month: August 2017

Introducing Violanda Lubani

My name is Violanda Lubani. I am from Montenegro ( a small country in Southeastern Europe) , but my ethnicity is Albanian. I came to United States three years ago with my family.

I speak Albanian , English , and I understand and speak a little Spanish ( I learned it from “Telenovelas” – Spanish movies).

I became interested in Math since I was in the first grade, and when I was in junior high I became even more interested because I had a professor that was very difficult and hard grader. So, in order to get a good grade,I had to work really hard, and all that work made me like math even more.  I choose to become a Math teacher for many reasons. First reason is to complete my father’s wish. Second reason is that I like Math,and I like to teach it to students. And the third one is that I want to convince future generations that Math is not that difficult and that is a language itself that is beautiful.

My favorite math topic is Calculus, and my least favorite math topic is Probability & Statistics.

I used Maple in Math1476l, and Matlab in Math 2630! I would be interested in learning any technology that is relating to Math even though that I am not a person that likes technology in general.

After I graduate I hope to work as a Math Teacher and Tutor .

Other things that I like to do beside Math are cooking and and going out with family and friends.



Introducing my self

My name is Hanan , I am a mother of 4 kids , before marriage I was studying pharmacy unfortunately I didn’t finish it , later on I decided to finish my education I  choose to be a math teacher since I have experience with kids from school I use to attend to help them in math courses , its really not an easy thing to do especially when you have kids and too much responsibilities , I love people and I love to deal with any kind , I feel like every one has a unique personality . Math is a very interesting subject  still I feel you still need to study and work more in order to be achieve , My goal is to make sure I understand the  topic  so I will be able to explain it to my student clearly , and finally I will say every body has a dream  and we all try to make it , but if we couldn’t we  try  and   no body perfect in this life.

Introducing Zaniya Sample-Anderson

My name is Zaniya Sample-Anderson. I am from  Virginia.

I speak English and  fluent in Spanish.

I became interested in math education when I started tutoring as a part of a volunteer program with young girls. I was told that it was a rare field for women and people of color to dominate which made me want to do it even more.

My favorite type of math is Calculus. My least favorite is geometry which I think is mostly due to the fact that I disliked my high school geometry teacher and his method of teaching.

Once I graduate from City Tech, I plan to start teaching math and African-American history at the high school level.

My hobbies are going to museums, watching cooking shows and of course Jeopardy!

Project #1: Desmos project – due September 7

Project #1 consists of two components: an oral presentations and an OpenLab post. The project must be completed individually, but you are encouraged to discuss with your fellow classmates.


  1. Select a standard from the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for math or another math topic of your choosing. (Some sample topics are listed below.) Each student’s topic must be different; inform the instructor of your choice.
  2. Use Desmos to create an introductory activity or motivating example for this topic. (Create a free account so you can save your work.)
  3. Prepare a 10-minute lesson that you will present to the class.
  4. Create a post on your own EPortfolio briefly summarizing the lesson. (See the sample here.) Explain how you used Desmos and what features you used. Include links and/or screenshots. Let us know who the intended audience is for your lesson and what math content knowledge you are assuming they have. Title your post: “Project #1 – [your topic].”

Due date: Thursday, September 7
OpenLab post due before class. Presentations in class.

Sample topic ideas:

  • The definition of the derivative: the tangent as a limit of secant lines
  • Riemann sums and definite integrals
  • Transformations of functions and their graphs
  • Inverse functions and their graphs
  • The definition of trigonometric functions using the unit circle
  • Solving inequalities
  • Regression: lines and curves of best fit
  • Graphs of linear functions: changing slopes and y-intercepts

Sample Desmos activity

On September 7, there will be 2-3 minutes between presentations. During this time, you will submit feedback for your classmates’ presentations using this form.

Welcome and Homework #1 – due Tuesday, September 5

Welcome to MEDU 2010! This OpenLab site is your home base for the course. All course information, assignments, deadlines will be posted here. You’ll also use this site for class discussion and to submit your own work. Take a look around and check back regularly.

Your first assignment is to submit an OpenLab post introducing yourself to the class. Here are the details:

Due: Tuesday, September 5 2:29pm 

  1. Sign up for an OpenLab account (if you don’t have one already; requires a CityTech email address) and add yourself to this course.
  2. From any page on the course site, click the “+” symbol at the top of the screen to begin a new post.
  3. Title your post: “Introducing [your first name] [your last name]”
  4. In the body of your post, briefly tell us anything you’d like us to know about you! Some suggestions are…
    • Where did you grow up? What languages do you speak?
    • How or when did you become interested in math/math education?
    • What are your most and least favorite math topics?
    • What type of technology have you used in class before? What type of technology are you interested in learning about in this class?
    • What do you hope to do after you graduate from CityTech; short-term goals, long-term goals, whatever…
    • Other cool interests/hobbies you have
  5. Before you submit your post, select the HW#1: Introduce yourself category from the right-hand side of the screen.
  6. Read and comment on your classmates’ posts. (Note: the administrator will have to approve your comments, so don’t be surprised if they don’t appear right away.)
  7. If there’s anything I should know about you, but you don’t want the whole class to know it (for example, if you have permission to receive accommodations during tests) please discuss this with me in person.
  8. Set up your own ePortfolio on the OpenLab. You’ll be posting your projects there over the course of the semester.

Keep your eyes peeled…I’ll submit a post introducing myself too!