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Harvey Mudd math professor teaches high school
Posted:
Oct 30, 2012 2:42 PM


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), 14081415. 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



