New Beginnings

The day after Labor Day, I received contact info for a prospective CT.  The next day, I met with who would turn out to be my new CT.  The day started out with a brief meeting with the principal which went well; I liked his style and demeanor:  serious but able to smile and jest at the right moments.  My CT ventured over to meet with both of us then her and I left for her classroom.  She teaches Algebra 1, AP Statistics, and AVID* classes.

I spent the entire morning with her observing three classes.  She did a great job, and I could tell after the first two classes that I wanted her as my new CT.  During a brunch break, she introduced me to a couple of teachers as her prospective student teacher and I clarified at that moment that I was her student teacher; no use wasting time.  Later that day, I informed my program that I felt my CT and I were a good match and we’re off!

The week went well.  I took it slow, and plan to maintain a slow pace for a while to make sure there is no sudden ablation in the relationship as occurred with my first CT.  I do not suspect that will happen, but once bitten, twice shy they say.  Subsequent posts will speak to my observations and reflections.  I look forward to learning great things from my CT as I’m back on the road to becoming a math teacher for all students that enter my classroom, whether they want to learn math, or not.

*  I had never heard of AVID before.  AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.  From their website: “It is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple – raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.”  See http://www.avid.org/ for further info.

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About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Secondary math teacher teaching math intervention, algebra 1, honors precalculus, and AP Calculus AB. I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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One Response to New Beginnings

  1. Rich says:

    Dave,
    I’m really happy for you. Also, AVID sounds like a great program.

    Like

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