Phone: 951-695-7320 ext 114
Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Mathematics MA in Education CLAD Certification GATE certification AVID Training CCSS Training
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students: I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I am Patricia Fullington, a math teacher at Rancho Vista High School. During the first part of my career as an educator, I taught math at a public high school in Hannibal, Missouri. After moving to California, I first taught math and English at Linfield and since 2005 have taught at Rancho Vista. With an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a graduate degree in education, I have teaching credentials in both math and English for grades 7-12. My most important qualification is that - even after all these years - I still love working with students as I encourage them to be analytical thinkers and effective communicators.
To promote good time management, I post each day's tasks so students can get started to work as soon as the bell rings. Because we try to do most of our work in class, it is necessary for all of us to make maximum use of the time that we have. Most students who use class-time productively should be able to complete almost all work in Algebra I and support class: activities, performance tasks, notes, guided practice, and independent practice. This is the best time to get work done since there are many opportunities to ask for help with anything that is causing difficulty. Any assigned work not completed in class should be considered homework.
Because the majority of our work involves investigating, exploring, and discovering, students should expect to engage in "productive struggle" during the learning process. This is the only way for them to develop good critical thinking skills. Much of the learning is dependent on the questioning that goes on during class investigations. Therefore, regular attendance is essential and requests to leave the room should be for emergencies only. A five-minute absence in the middle of a lesson can seriously jeopardize a student's understanding of the concepts that are being developed.
Consistent daily preparation, participation, and review are essentials in this class. Therefore, I cannot stress enough the importance of regular attendance and good work habits. The sequential nature of mathematics makes it necessary for students to stay up-to-date at all times. When students get even one day behind, the work becomes more and more difficult and students become frustrated. To try to avoid this situation, I offer extra help to students who have been absent and to those who need extra help in order to be successful. This year I am available most days (except modified days) after school 2:20-3:30 P.M. Students do need to let me know ahead of time to expect them. Also, students should not consider these times as substitutes for regular attendance and productive use of class time; I do not offer time outside of the scheduled school day to students who skip classes and/or waste our class time.
Grades are based on mastery of the class objectives. Students are not penalized for having trouble in the learning phase if they are able to demonstrate mastery on the assessments. Students who do not pass a major test may finish missing work, do additional work (if needed), come for a re-teaching session, and then retest - in a written or oral format - as long as they have been doing all their assigned work and making good use of class time during the learning process.
Please give me the benefit of your experiences and knowledge about your son/daughter by e-mailing me any information that you think would help me work more effectively with him/her. If, at any time, you have questions, concerns, and/or comments, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call me at 951-695-7320 X 114. Let's keep the lines of communication open.