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Q&A with Mrs. Asanwa Anthony

Brittney Byrd
Mrs. Anthony teaches middle school math, and she is known for making the subject fun and relatable.
Q: Let’s talk numbers. Give us some ‘data’ about you.

A: Growing up, I had the privilege of living in five different countries; four of them are in Africa. In my 17 years of teaching, I have taught more than 1,500 students, and I drink about 40 ounces of coffee a week.

Q: How do you make math interactive and memorable?

A: I truly believe math is fun and also very applicable to everyday life. I try to bring the reality of math in the real world to my students. If they can relate to what is being taught and presented to them, then I am more likely going to keep them engaged.We do applicable activities for almost all the units covered. Sometimes, this will involve me bringing in snacks or us making a snack from a recipe we have worked on in class. We have also used Skittles to better understand ratios.

Q: On average, a child gets a smart phone at 10 or 11 years old. What have you noticed about cell phone use, and what is your advice?

A: Most parents get their child a phone because they want to communicate with them when they are at a sporting event or activity or simply because of peer pressure. Ten or 11-year old children are not necessarily mature enough to set proper boundaries on cell phone use. Children that age are generally excited about social media and the ability to text their friends. Parents need to educate their children on how to appropriately use their smart devices. Parental controls and clear boundaries on an appropriate amount of screen time need to be set. Children who are exposed to too much passive screen time (these are activities on a screen that do not require the child to think) of any kind, do not possess as much reasoning skills as the children who are exposed to the same amount of active screen time (activities or games that allow the child to problem solve).
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