Back in the Saddle, Again…

After a lengthy hiatus from posting to this blog, I’ve decided to break out my pencil sharpener and eraser to pen some prose, if that’s even possible using an iPencil…

It’s been an amazingly challenging few years since I posted regularly. However, due to the good fortune of recent events, I have time now to describe many of my experiences, up and down, from that time period primarily through the lens of a second-career, math teacher.

The essence of most of my posts, past and future, is captured nicely in the title of the article: Why are Americans so bad at math? from which the following quote is taken.

“Without much of a surprise, it turned out that the memorizers were the least likely to achieve high scores and understanding. The United States ranked in the top three for this learning method. A more in-depth look showed that memorizers were about a half year behind students who used either relational or self-monitoring strategies.”

Be sure to read the short article for sufficient context to understand the quote more fully.

While I had planned to include a link to Aerosmith’s version of Back in the Saddle, its lyrics, which I must admit I never knew*, are highly inappropriate for any educational setting. So, here’s Gene Autry from the movie Back in the Saddle.

* …along with most broadcast or recorded songs of which I’ve listened to and enjoyed in my life, for that matter…hence, why you should never listen to me while I’m singing along with any song!

About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Independent consultant and junior college adjunct instructor. Former secondary math teacher who taught math intervention, algebra 1, geometry, accelerated algebra 2, precalculus, honors precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching, 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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1 Response to Back in the Saddle, Again…

  1. Hooray! I’m glad to see you back here, and I’m looking forward to your future posts.

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