#M3TFellowFriday: Janet Hanshaw

Each Friday during the school year, we will spotlight one of our M3T Fellows. This week, let’s meet Janet Hanshaw from Chapmanville Regional High School!

Janet Hanshaw

M3T Noyce Fellow – Cohort 1

High School Mathematics Teacher

Chapmanville Regional High School

Logan County Schools

Twitter: @janhanshaw87

Number of years teaching: 29

Positions and Roles: Teaches Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry

Professional awards, distinctions, and points of pride: National Board Certified Teacher, married for 26 years to Michael, and has two sons (Austin and Kevin)

Interesting personal facts: Mind-candy reader, tennis player and golfer, bird-watcher, and a traveler

Janet standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona

Why are you excited to be part of the M3T project?

“I am excited to be a part of the M3T project because of our common goal to improve math education in this great state.  I look forward to the network that I will develop by working with these amazing teachers.”

Why do you teach mathematics?

“I teach mathematics because I envision a classroom where everyone is excited about mathematics, sees the logic and application for it, and is aware of the opportunities it provides.”

What are you focused on improving about mathematics teaching?

“I am focused on improving my students’ productive struggle and their understanding of the reasonableness of an answer.  Having students that rely on instantaneous information and answers (with no idea if it’s true or correct), I find it difficult to get them to WORK for a solution.”

Final Thoughts:

“Being a part of M3T provides the opportunity to learn and grow as an educator. I want to be better today than I was yesterday.”

Spotlight Tweet:

Check in each week on #M3TFellowFriday throughout the school year to meet another M3T Fellow. You can find a listing of all of the M3T Fellows and stay up-to-date with the work of the M3T network at our website, http://m3twv.org. You can also follow us on Twitter, @m3t_wv