As an experienced teacher of upper level mathematics in our state, the work here at Rockmart High School has been rewarding and challenging. Since math is a bullding type of subject matter, I needed to make sure students began this semester with a good foundation. There were some gaps in some of my classes and the effort has been a made to address these.
As a former high school teacher, technical school math instructor, and university math instructor of freshmen students, I have first hand knowledge of what it takes to be prepared for college and succeed in college the first year away from home. The state secondary math preparation program is weak overall and the study skill level of many freshmen is not what it needs to be. Many colleges have study skill courses and intervention programs to help students address those needs. I believe quality teaching and learning at the high school level, can better help students experience the success they desire. Sometimes high school students are not used to working hard and persisting when academics is challenging. This is especially the case in math and in upper level courses.
In my efforts with students and parents, I have tried to follow the motto, "do no harm". I have also tried to be prepared each day and set high expectations for my students. Teaching is a character building and coaching enterprise. Overall in recent weeks, we have been successful as we improve the experience for all levels of students. I also understand college, especially four year schools, is not for everyone and instructional methods and classtime need adjustments for students going to tech schools or work.
I look forward to the rest of the fall semester. Parents are encouraged to visit the course homepage and read my weekly reports. I wish all the best as we enter the last two months of 2017.
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