Phone: 936-248-5000 extension 501
Degrees and Certifications:
Graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Midwestern State University (MSU) and received my Post-bac Teacher Certification, also from MSU
Mrs. Teresa Wiist
Welcome to Mrs. Wiist's classroom. I looking forward to another learning filled school year at Tenaha ISD. As a student-parent-teacher team working TOGETHER, I know that we can accomplish many successes.
I'm SO excited that you have found my page. This is the first step in staying in touch with our classroom environment. On this page, you will find links to important sites we will use both in class and online in various math-centered academic environments, a general curriculum calendar for each class, helpful links (Google Classroom, REMIND, Study Island, Khan Academy, Prodigy, etc.), and important class announcements.
I have been teaching kids MATH since 2004. Math and reading are two of the most important core concepts that should be mastered in order to continue student successes. Everything in math builds on prior knowledge. It's every student's JOB to be very vocal in class so I know exactly what is giving you trouble. It's MY job to fill in those gaps so you will have a very solid mathematical foundation to build on! EVERY QUESTION IS IMPORTANT!!!
This year I will be teaching 7th and 8th Grade Math and 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Math Enrichment.
In addition, I stay for Zero Hour each afternoon, Monday through Thursday, from 3:23 to 4:23 to help with all math subjects. Zero hour is a great way to get help on homework, make up missing work/quizzes/etc., complete Study Island or Khan Academy assignments, or just get help on a concept that you didn't quite grasp the first time around!
In our classroom, there is no such think as a mistake. Mistakes are simple miss-steps that can ALWAYS be corrected. Corrections are an integral part of true understanding and the learning process. The only mistake you can make is NOT correcting your mistakes! All homework, quizzes, and tests can be corrected and resubmitted for regrading (as long as DETAILED work, proof, reasons, etc. are provided for the new answers - I do NOT regrade just an answer without proof). Nothing in math ever happens by accident... you have to know how and why your answer is right. That's why corrections and showing your work are both SO important. Math is like a journey, and your work is your roadmap. But, like any journey, it doesn't matter HOW you get there (the right answer), as long as YOU know how you got there and can reach that point again in a similar problem. There is not just ONE WAY to do any math problem, as long as YOU understand the process and can tell someone WHY it's correct!
So, here's what you will need to remember:
* Do your homework, you never master anything without practice!
* Always show ALL your work
* Correct your mistakes (NOTE: EVERYTHING in my classes can be corrected!!!)
* Ask questions if you don't understand
* Come to class prepared
Now, here's a little bit about me...
First, I am married, have four grown daughters, and live on Lake Murvaul. I love to fish and work in my yard! Two of my other favorite things to do are taking photographs and watching birds. I have a dog named Elsie and a cat named Honey. I collect TOO many things, LOL (or at least that's what my husband tells me!). I have one bedroom that is FULL of Coca~Cola stuff, have collected tons of old glassware, and my yard has plants galore.
Second, I absolutely LOVE math! I have a business degree (BBA) from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas (my hometown) and also received my post-bac teacher certification from MSU. I am certified to teach all levels of mathematics, Early Childhood (EC: Pre-K) through 12th grade. I also have a General Education certification for all subjects EC-4th grade and a Science certification for 4th through 8th grade.
Next, I don't like folks who can't tell me the truth! It takes a lot more guts to Fess-up than it does to Cover-up!
Last, and most important, I value trust and respect. Both are very fragile... so easy to destroy and so hard to rebuild.
I can be reached by REMIND, email or phone. My Planning/Conference time this year is 8th period. 8th period, this year is from 2:35 to 3:23. I'm located in the Middle School building this year in room 25.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns. I appreciate open communication with students and parents. I'm looking forward to another GREAT year at Tenaha ISD!