#M3TFellowFriday: Joshua Jones

Each Friday during the school year, we will spotlight one of our M3T Fellows. This week, let’s meet Joshua Jones from Martinsburg North Middle School!

Joshua Jones

M3T Noyce Fellow – Cohort 2

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Martinsburg North Middle School

Berkeley County Schools

Twitter: @Ziphreeon

Number of years teaching: 12

Positions and Roles: Head of Mathematics Department, Honors 8th Grade and Honors Algebra 1 Teacher

Professional awards, distinctions, and points of pride: Has presented twice at the Wilson College Humanities Conference and was selected as the Distinguished Scholar at 2018 Graduate Day at Shepherd University

Interesting personal facts: Is an Affiliated Twitch Streamer and former Speedrun World Record holder for Ghostbusters: The Video Game

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

“I have been looking forward to participating in a program for years that tackles the issue of mathematics education across the state. I noticed throughout my career there is a trend of “teaching the book” or “teaching to the test” instead of creating lifelong learners and demonstrating the application of Math outside of academia.”

Why do you teach mathematics?

“When I was young, I fell in love with math thanks to Math Field Day. I found joy in being able to “solve puzzles” quickly and with different approaches. As a teen, I realized I used different methods to solve problems than teachers, and I would show these skills to classmates, making math easier for them. I wanted to continue to make math easier for everyone, so I decided to do so as a teacher.”

What are you focused on improving about mathematics teaching?

“Mathematics is a puzzle solving tool, and life is full of puzzles. I want to take my feelings about math, and change the presentation and the stigma by reintroducing math as a way to make things easier and how math can be a ‘cheat code’ for life.”

Final Thoughts:

“Nearly all of my time in a classroom, as a teacher and as a student, has been spent in Berkeley County. This county has a community and passion that is unparalleled, and I have wanted to be able to contribute back to the system that helped me and so many others become successful. With M3T, I have already expanded my view of teaching, and with the strength and talents of Master teachers all over West Virginia, I feel confident I will be able to bring home some amazing skills and techniques to help our schools, teachers, and students, and make my community proud.”

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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.