December 14, 2018

Math teacher utilizes social media to enhance classroom


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Lori Luicci, Old Bridge Township Public Schools
Published 8:00 a.m. ET Dec. 7, 2018

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A mathematics teacher at the Ellen McDermott Grade Nine Center utilizes social media to enhance her and her students’ classroom experiences.

Two years ago Rory Yakubov started an Instagram account, @iteachalgebra, highlighting her teaching efforts, sharing with other educators what she was doing in her classroom.

“I found that other teachers across the country were sharing their efforts in a teacher Instagram community,” said Yakubov. “From that, a lot of people liked my decorations, posters, and lesson plans. I wanted to be able to share my resources easily with other teachers. So, I got involved with Teachers Pay Teachers.”

Teachers Pay Teachers is an open online marketplace where teachers sell their original lesson plans and other course materials to other teachers, and also share for free.

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Teachers pay Teachers is more than 10-years-old and Yakubov said she got involved with the site about two years ago.

“I started to follow other teachers selling their resources,” she said.

Yakubov, who has been an educator for the past 13 years, began using her teacher Instagram account to let other teachers know what she doing and producing, and from there began selling her posters, decorations, and original lesson plans.

She likened the Teachers Paying Teachers site to an Etsy site for teachers, where she is a seller offering her wares. “It is a creative approach to modernizing lesson plans,” Yakubov said “For a buyer, it is easy access – just with a click.”

As she added materials to her Teachers Pay Teachers account, her popularity on Instagram grew; she now boasts 14,900 followers.

“Over the summer, an American technology company reached out to me to do a lesson plan, using a graphic calculator and then I posted about it,” she said. “Now, because of social media, big name companies contact me and send me new products that I could promote.’’

Yakubov, who was the Ellen McDermott Grade Nine Center’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year, recently was interviewed by a national news organization, NPR, for a segment addressing the use of social media to enhance her classroom experience.

“I don’t claim to be an expert,” she said. “But I am spreading the word of mathematics through social media.  I’m helping other teachers address the topic in a modern way.”

Yakubov teaches five classes of Algebra I to freshmen, and said she also shares things on her twitter account @YakubovMath.

“I am proud of Rory’s accomplishments; but not surprised,” said Old Bridge Superintendent of Schools David Cittadino. “She is an amazing teacher in and out of the classroom.”

 

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