Pink Floyd and Pedagogy

Reflections of a Second-career Math Teacher

Reading the following post sent shivers down my spine.  It is from a current, but still relatively new math teacher, Shawn,who’s self-description is that of a passionate, caring teacher; while I like what I read about him and his ideals, I panicked a bit since the text below struck so close to home.

I began thinking about how I would do it [teaching] differently. How I would reach my students with compassion and ground-breaking pedagogy. How I would empathize, lift-up, and otherwise be as genuine as possible with young people.

Two years and a Master’s degree later, I got my own classroom. I tried compassion, and was met with indifference by students. I tried ground-breaking pedagogy and was met with a lukewarm reception. I tried to empathize, lift-up, and being genuine, only to be really really tired on Friday.

from a posting on Standards-Based Grading on the blog site ThinkThankThunk:…

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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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