Mrs. Berns

Phone: 719-391-3655

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Masters Degree Diverse Learners, University of Phoenix Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, Minnesota State University - Moorhead

Mrs. Berns

 

Hi there!

I wanted to share a little about myself so that you can get to know me.  I have been married to my husband, Kyle, since 2009.  He is also a Math Teacher at the Colorado Springs School for the Deaf and Blind.  I have two children.  My son graduated from Mesa Ridge and is attending college to become a Wildlife Biologist with a specialty in Fisheries (he loves the outdoors!).  My daughter loves to sing and ride her horse.  Our family spends a lot of time outside, watching movies, and listening to music on our 1961 Jukebox.  [We turned our downstairs into an entertainment room!]  For fun, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, reading, baking, dancing, and watching action/mystery movies.

I graduated from the University of Minnesota (Moorhead) in 1987.  Although I've always wanted to be a teacher, I spent most of my life planning to be an elementary teacher...until I found out I really didn't like teaching the little ones!  What a surprise that was!  Well, in college I found that I was pretty good at math.  I want you to know that when I was in high school, I dropped out of Algebra 2!  I always seemed to take longer to do my math and come up with the answers, so I thought I wasn't really very good at it. Boy, was I wrong!!!  Since I had to work so hard at math, I try really hard to make my room a safe place for my students to learn math, and more importantly to learn to think.

Let me tell you a few things about our class.  I truly believe that everyone can do math. Some people have a fixed, negative mindset about their math ability (that means they think they CAN’T do math). Did you know that you can grow your brain with effort, discourse, perseverance, and mistakes?  That’s right. Trying challenging problems, talking about math, struggling in math class, and making mistakes are good because they give your brain the opportunity to grow.  I’m not making this up! I will show you the research that proves this! I want you to know that I will help you, but you need to help yourself, too. Here’s how:

♠  Be the best group member you can be.  You will be communicating and working with your team every day.  The more you talk and work together, the more you will learn!

♣  Do your classwork/homework!!  Students who consistently practice, think about, and complete their classwork/homework can earn an A or B.  You need to practice math to learn it. I will constantly remind you about this.

♥  Get help when you need it.  No one is smart at everything, and learning takes time.  If you get stuck, ask your group, then ask me.  I am here everyday before school, we have math tutoring everyday after school, and there are lots of other sources of help. Please ask, don’t wait until you are really confused!

♦  Come prepared.  Besides your classwork, you will need your 3-ring binder, paper, and a pencil to write with everyday.  Come prepared to participate, think and learn! (For a complete list of supplies for your class, see Parent Letter.)

I will send emails through Infinite Campus every couple of weeks to share information about our class.  Please feel free to email me when you have questions and/or concerns about this class.