Date: Jul 12, 2013 1:06 PM
Author: Wayne Bishop
Subject: Re: Invitation to contribute to book for beginning teachers
First off, I'd check on her knowledge of the appropriate mathematics

at the level she has been hired to teach. As a rough example,

several times over the years as an advisor, I have been asked by

students to waive a calculus prerequisite because of his earlier

calculus experience. May lead question was "What is the derivative

of x squared?" More than once I have gotten a response almost

verbatim as, "Well, I don't remember everything about calculus." End

of conversation.

So if she is completely misplaced but is in charge of the lives of

real people, as too often happens, I would encourage her to resign

ASAP. First things first, you know.

If her mathematics competence is appropriate for her grade level

(very different for 3rd grade versus, say, Algebra 2), I would

encourage her to find someone particularly effective at directly

communicating the mathematics - including the appropriate Khan

Academy lessons - to emulate and, to the extent possible, work

closely with them.

Thanks for asking, have I said why I left teaching high school? I

really liked it (pretty rough Chicago inner-suburb school) and had no

intention of leaving but the NSF bribed me to do it. More money to

go to grad school for an academic year than to teach so I took a year

LOA, later extended to a 2nd year, and eventually resigned.

Wayne

At 06:55 AM 7/12/2013, Richard Strausz wrote:

> > So if a new teacher asks you for advice on how to be

> > more successful, you would tell him to not take the

> > job and look for an apprenticeship? Don't you have

> > anything to offer besides that? I don't believe that!

>

>Wayne, I won't bug you about this but I am sincerely interested in

>your advice to a new math teacher. You have a wonderful perspective

>as one who taught high school math before becoming a math ed professor.

>

>When a new teacher comes up to you and asks what you would advise,

>what would you tell her?

>

>Richard