> 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. > Your response (thanks, by the way) reminded me of something else. Especially for teachers working in relatively small schools where the number of possible mentors is small, I recommend that they go to conferences put on by local and State math teacher groups. They are places where one can see a number of potential mentors.
> 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