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Topic: Harvey Mudd math professor teaches high school
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Greg Goodknight

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Re: Harvey Mudd math professor teaches high school
Posted: Oct 30, 2012 5:48 PM
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I'm writing Prof. Young as a fellow alum (we've not met or conversed,
his BS Math was also from Mudd two decades after my BS Physics), and
while he doesn't put the name of the school in the paper, he has his CV
on his public departmental web page and he identifies the school as
Helen Bernstein High in the LAUSD, so I am not betraying any confidences
here; the info is two clicks away from anyone's google.

He's apparently active in something called "Math for America".

- -Greg

On 10/30/2012 11:42 AM, Dave L. Renfro wrote:
> I suspect many in this group will find the following article
> very interesting.
> Darryl Yong, "Adventures in Teaching: A Professor Goes to
> High School to Learn about Teaching Math", Notices of the
> American Mathematical Society 59 #10 (November 2012), 1408-1415.
> Darryl Yong is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at
> Harvey Mudd College:

> >From p. 1408 (first sentence): "During the 2009?2010 academic
> year I did something unusual for a university mathematician
> on sabbatical: I taught high school mathematics in a large
> urban school district."

> >From p. 1408 (right column): "In 2009 only 3 percent of
> students at this school were deemed proficient on the
> Algebra 1 California Standards Test (CST). That year,
> I taught Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and a math
> intervention class (an additional period of mathematics
> for students who are struggling in mathematics)."

> >From p. 1409 (left column): "In many respects I got
> what I wanted that year: an authentic experience of
> teaching in a highneed urban school. I didn't want
> to teach calculus or teach only "gifted" students.
> I didn't want to receive any concessions because
> of my qualifications. My experience was closer to
> that of a new high school teacher with no prior
> experience than that of a seasoned educator moving
> from one institution to another. I had to cut my
> teeth on many things like a rookie teacher."
> Dave L. Renfro

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