About Moorea Maguire, Curriculum Writer


Hi!  I'm Moorea Maguire.  There's no one for whom I have more respect than middle and high school teachers.  I love providing support -- especially in word problems -- for those of you teaching 6th to 9th grade math. 

Why am I no longer a teacher? 

I wasn't tough enough.

In 2009, I was fired from my job teaching public middle school in rural Arizona.  After breaking the news to me, my principal stood up, showed me to the door of his office, and offered me a handshake. Speechless and running on fumes, I shook his hand and burst into tears.  I had never felt so humiliated.  That last year had been the hardest of my life. 

Can you guess why I lost my position?  Find out at the end of the page.



math websites for kidsyours truly doing high school math homework during lunch in the 90s

Born and raised near Los Angeles, California, I graduated from Wellesley College in Massachussetts.  The west beckoned me back, and I found myself studying curriculum & instruction at New Mexico State University.  View my teaching certificate and master's degree in education.

Certified in 6th to 12th grade math, I taught at a traditional public school, an alternative public school, a private school, a multi-family homeschool, and an online charter school. 

 

Moorea MaguireYours truly, 2017


So why did I lose the job I mentioned at the beginning of this page?

My classroom management had not been very effective, to put it nicely. 

Hindsight's always 20/20, right?  Looking back, I should have kept my kids focused by following the wisdom of veteran teachers:

I should have used worksheets. 

Something about worksheets makes most students bear down and work.  Worksheets keep goofing off to a minimum.


Ideally, education would be nothing but imaginative group projects, speech & debate, creative writing, and games.  In reality, a number of factors prevent stellar behavior during those ideal lessons:

  • students getting to school hungry
  • parents working three jobs
  • parents being detained, deported, or incarcerated
  • overzealous Child Protective Services removing children from their homes for questionable reasons
  • cafeteria lunches of processed foods and artificial additives
  • Deans of Students and assistant principals who do not consistently help with bullying and disruptive students  (During one interview, an assistant principal told me she expected teachers to handle their own discipline problems.  I appreciated her honesty).

I design your word problems and worksheets for the real world, not the ideal world.

Even if you have industrial strength classroom management, you probably don't have time to prepare five days a week of imaginative group projects, speech & debate, creative writing, and games.  Using worksheets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for example, may enable you to get the sleep you deserve.

This website is for you, the over-worked teacher.  Is there a specific word problem you need help understanding how to solve?  Is there a way I can make your life easier other than worksheets?  Contact me using the gray rectangle that says "Chat with us" or "Leave a message."

             Sending you encouragement and appreciation for your service,

                                                                        Moorea