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A New Approach to Math

Updated: Mar 8, 2022

With a passion for Christian education and for teaching, Mrs. Nifong has been a great addition to our middle school team this year! Mrs. Nifong has been active in Christian education for close to 30 years, serving as an English teacher, Math teacher, Librarian, and elementary school teacher. She joined the Salem family in August, teaching middle school Math.

Mrs. Nifong has enjoyed getting to know our students this year as she teaches them math. To help our middle school students succeed in Math, she has implemented new routines in her classroom. She has incorporated a learning program named IXL into her Math classes. This program provides additional practice, reinforcement, and enrichment by tailoring assignments to individual students and providing teachers with real-time data for how well students understand the material.

Our middle school Math classes are also using small groups, with station rotations. This approach gives students more individualized attention and direct instruction. According to Mrs. Nifong, using groups has given her more one-on-one time with students and improved the overall classroom dynamic. Additionally, Mrs. Nifong offers 30 minutes of free Math tutoring for her students after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Our middle school faculty have created a dynamic learning environment for our students this year, and have united as a team to best reach our students. We are thankful for their dedication and how they model our theme to “build each other up”. When asked what she has most enjoyed about Salem this year, Mrs. Nifong had a long list. She loves her coworkers and the uplifting atmosphere at Salem, getting to know the students, and the support of Campus Ministries. “Salem is doing so many things well, especially with the spiritual focus and using a biblical worldview.” (Mrs. Nifong).

We approach all subjects through the lens of God’s Word, and Math is no different. Math is taught from the perspective that God in His creation defined absolutes. In learning these absolutes, students acquire a greater appreciation for God and His design and a solid foundation in math for their future endeavors. The principles that Mrs. Nifong teaches show students the biblical truth that God is a God of order and rationality, not chaos or chance.

"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." - Romans 1:20.

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