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Aspiring Math Patzer

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Registered: 1/25/05
career advice
Posted: Nov 22, 2004 5:37 PM
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Hello all,

I am a practicing engineer about to make a leap (well, as a snail
might see it) into teaching high school math. I've been doing some
class observation hours, and right now I believe that my final
aspiration is to teach an AP-track math series in a rural or (maybe)
inner-city school. That and have some significant summer time to
spend :-)

However, I percieve that this will not be a career path that is easy
to accomplish in any short order. I expect I will enjoy teaching most
math/science courses along the way as I have enjoyed tutoring a wide
variety of students, but I doubt I will be satisfied until I am
teaching an AP course of some flavor, or moving on to post-secondary
roles.

All you out there teaching along the path to AP math... what is your
background like? Are opportunities to teach advanced-track courses
more a matter of seniority or was something else involved?

Any advice? Anyone think this way when they started, but change
focus?

Cheers!

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