What I love about teaching is: sharing my enthusiasm for reading and writing.
I was born in the Bronx, New York City. I Went to college in the Midwest and graduate school in Pennsylvania. I taught art in Brooklyn New York for five years in downtown Milwaukee for four years. Currently this is my fifth year teaching at the Hartland Lakeside School District and still enjoy every moment of it.
Worked with the school district since 1995.
As a special ed. bus driver until 2003
Worked in the kitchen part-time at NSMS from 2001-2004
Worked as a custodian from 2004- 2013 at NSMS
From 2013-present working as NSMS school secretary, and loving it!!!
What I love about teaching is… sharing enthusiasm for my subject matter.
I have been teaching at North Shore Middle School since the fall of 2008. I helped to create and implement the theater and movie making classes at North Shore and continue to help it change and grow every year. In theater classes, students learn how to create characters, act as an ensemble onstage, write scripts, and will discover how theater has changed since ancient times. Students use costumes, props, and the stage to bring their scripts to life. In movie making classes, students learn how to film and edit their own footage to look like professional movies. Students use video cameras and computers to create commercials, newscasts, stop motion films, movie trailers, short films, and more. I also co-direct the fall play and spring musical for our drama club and manage the stage crew.
What I love about teaching is being able to reach learners at all levels and provide an experience to, hopefully, impact students’ future decisions!
8th Grade Math: The 8th grade math course, Core Connections Course 3 (CC3), is the third of a three-year sequence of courses designed to prepare students for future rigorous algebra courses. This particular course helps students develop multiple strategies to solve problems and find connections. The curriculum is based off of the Common Core Math Standards and Math Practices found here.
Major concepts of study include: finding connections between tables, graphs, patterns, and equations, solving equations, solving systems of equations, coordinate grid transformations, collecting and analyzing data trends, calculating slope, Pythagorean Theorem, linear and non-linear functions, rational and irrational numbers, exponent and scientific notation rules, angles created by transversals and parallel lines, and volume of various solids.
Homework: The home is designed to be used as a “review & preview,” as labeled, to develop and maintain mathematical understanding and skills for the concepts learned in the CPM math books. The concepts will continue to come up throughout the book to keep ideas fresh and aid in comprehension.
***Students are expected to attempt all assigned homework problems. The Honor Level Code issues a three-point infraction for incomplete homework assignments.
Tests and Quizzes: Because of the importance for students to receive spaced practice with course concepts, tests, and quizzes will cover a variety of topics, many of those that were covered in a previous chapter and review in homework problems.
GRADING: All grades earned in math will be posted on our online grading system weekly, including homework, mid-chapter quizzes, Puzzle Investigator problems, and assessments (tests, exit slips, writing prompts (etc). Families are encouraged to access the 8th grade google site https://sites.google.com/a/hartlake.org/nsms8thgrade/ for the homework, quizzes, and assessment calendar and weekly updates, as well as our online grading system via the school website.
7th Grade STEM
STEM 7 is a trimester encore class that introduces students to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Students will learn about the importance of STEM and how it influences the world we live in. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life. Students will learn sketching techniques and use of descriptive geometry as a component of design, measurement, and computer modeling. Solid modeling software will be used to introduce students to the design process. Using the design process, students brainstorm, research, develop ideas, create models, test and evaluate design ideas, and communicate their solution to solve problems.
Please see the site https://sites.google.com/a/hartlake.org/nsms-grade-7/ for STEM info, homework, and links to student work.
6th Grade STEM
STEM 6 is a trimester encore class that introduces students to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Students will learn about the importance of STEM and how it influences the world we live in. Through problem solving challenges, students are introduced to and immersed in the design process used by engineers in the real-world to solve everyday situations. Students will also be introduced to the basics of robotics through the use of simple and motorized mechanisms.
**Design and Modeling is covered in more depth in 7th grade STEM, while programming, building, and electrical robotics is tackled in 8th grade STEM!
Please see the site https://sites.google.com/a/hartlake.org/nsms-6th-grade/ for STEM info, homework, and links to student work.
What I love about teaching is hearing the light bulbs go on when students understand a concept or solution in math. It is that “now I get it!” moment.
My name is Patty Eckerman and I teach 6th grade mathematics at North Shore Middle School. I have a Business Degree with a Spanish minor and I returned to school to obtain my teaching certification with a mathematics emphasis a few years ago. I teach both the CC1 and CC1/2 hybrid class and advise the 5th and 6th grade math club. Our math classroom is collaborative in nature and you will hear mathematical discussions going on within each team of students. I believe students learn best when they work on, discuss and then present mathematical problems and their solutions together. Participation is a must on these teams and therefore everyone has a role or job. Homework is given almost daily and is due the next day. Homework is necessary to practice the concepts we work on in the classroom. The way students learn math today is not the way I learned math at their age. Our curriculum is highly engaging with students solving unfamiliar problems together, analyzing alternative solutions, and using these solutions to solve similar types of problems. This leads to conceptual understanding, critical thinking and reasoning skills that are needed in the workplace today.
I graduated from Purdue University in 2000 and earned a Masters in Teaching and Learning from Carroll University in 2009. In 2008, I trained to teach Project Lead the Way and bring STEM education to North Shore Middle School. I have been teaching for 14 years, all of them at North Shore Middle School. I began my career as a sixth grade science teacher, also teaching math, literature and health. I am currently teaching eighth grade science and robotics.
Mrs. Hohmann’s teaching career began in the Racine Unified School District in 1990. She then taught in Waterloo for two years and in Johnston, Iowa for six years. Mrs. Hohmann has been teaching in the Hartland-Lakeside School District since 1999. Before transferring to North Shore Middle School in 2008, she spent two years at Lakeside Elementary and seven years at Hartland South Elementary. She now works primarily with special education students in sixth grade.
Mrs. Hohmann believes it is her “job” to not only prepare students academically for NSMS and beyond, but to also prepare them to be responsible and resourceful learners. She works closely with parents and content area teachers to promote and maintain open lines of communication.
Bachelors Degree – Elementary Education 1-8, Learning Disabilities K-8
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – 1990
What I love about teaching … the satisfaction that I receive when I see students excited about what they are learning, the successes that they have, and the self confidence that they gain.
I have been employed by the district since 2013 as one of two North Shore Middle School office managers. I enjoy the fast pace and the challenges that come with the position. Never a dull day!