Date: Oct 30, 2012 2:42 PM
Author: Dave L. Renfro
Subject: Harvey Mudd math professor teaches high school
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.

http://www.ams.org/notices/201210/rtx121001408p.pdf

Darryl Yong is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at

Harvey Mudd College:

http://www.math.hmc.edu/~dyong/

>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