It Gets Better

Re-blogging as I noticed a fellow math teacher / blogger penned a similar post recently partway through their first year teaching…small world.

Reflections of a Second-career Math Teacher

My tardy comments to a guest article placed on the Thoughts on Public Education website run by John Festerwald follow.  The article was posted in December 2011.


In the toughest time of year for new teachers, encouragement helps

Posted on 12/12/11 • Categorized as EvaluationsTeacher DevelopmentUncategorized


Ms. Moir’s “Phases of First Year Teaching” model does a great job depicting a first year teacher’s attitude through the first six months.

Since I am a first year teacher, I can only attest to the August – January portion of the curve. As a former engineer, I must add that the real curve is much noisier with many of the phases of the year-long cycle occurring daily, sometimes multiple times, reflecting the frenetic experience of this first year teacher. However, her smoothed curve makes it easier to see the underlying, longer term trend over the…

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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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