Uncle Sam wants you: In a classroom with a protractor.

The feds want to recruit 10,000 teachers in science, technology, engineering and math over the next two years.

The feds want to recruit 10,000 teachers in science, technology, engineering and math over the next two years.

From the US DOE:

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan today launched a national teacher recruitment campaign during a live MSNBC broadcast as part of the NBC Education Summit in New York.  The campaign features a new web site dedicated to providing information and resources for students and prospective teachers — including a new interactive “pathway to teaching” tool designed to help individuals chart their course to becoming a teacher.

“With more than a million teachers expected to retire in the coming years, we have a historic opportunity to transform public education in America by calling on a new generation to join those already in the classroom,” said Secretary Duncan. “We are working with the broader education community to strengthen and elevate the entire teaching profession so that every teacher has the support and training they need to succeed.”

The campaign has several goals, including:

*       Increasing the number, quality and diversity of people seeking to become teachers, particularly in high-need schools (rural and urban) and subject areas in greatest demand: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), English Language Learners (ELL), and Special Education.

*       Connecting aspiring teachers with information about the pathways to teaching including preparation, certification, training and mentoring.

*       Celebrating and honoring the profession of teaching.

The campaigns will also encourage more minority males to pursue careers in the classroom.  Nationwide, more than 35 percent of public school students are black or Hispanic, but less than 15 percent of teachers are Black or Latino. Less than two percent of our nation’s teachers are African-American males.

Within seconds of the US DOE release, there was this response from Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers:

We welcome the U.S. Department of Education’s campaign to recruit, support and celebrate teachers. Millions of teachers work hard every day to make a difference in their students’ lives, and each year many thousands more are needed to join this important profession. These new teachers — like all teachers — must be supported. As rewarding as teaching is, it is extremely complex, difficult work.

Research shows that students benefit from having teachers with three to five years of experience, but many teachers lack the support to make it to that point. Mentoring, coaching, time to collaborate with colleagues, and feedback on classroom performance all can help new and struggling teachers thrive in their profession. Supporting and retaining teachers not only benefits their students, it’s an economic imperative. A respected national study found that the huge rate of teacher turnover in U.S. school systems costs more than $7 billion every year.

Every child deserves to have great teachers. But achieving that takes more than simply talking about it. At a time when many critics are quick to indiscriminately demonize and demoralize teachers, we welcome this call to trengthen and elevate the entire teaching profession so that all teachers have the support and training they—and their students—need to succeed

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Lisa B.

September 27th, 2010
3:10 pm

I think we need to find jobs first for the hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of unemployed teachers we’ve already got in Georgia. There’s some great talent out there looking for work. Unfortunately, few systems are hiring.

Booklover

September 27th, 2010
3:29 pm

Thanks, I needed a chuckle on a rainy Monday.

“Come join an underpaid, underappreciated profession that’s not hiring now anyway!”

Russell Hostetter, Ph.D.

September 27th, 2010
4:20 pm

How does someone with an advanced degree in science teach in the school system without a teaching credential? I am certainly aware that an advanced degree alone doesn’t necessarily qualify one as a good teacher. However, there are people like me, who have a great deal of content knowledge but lack the credential to teach young people. How do professionals like me, leverage the knowledge we have obtained academically and experientially in business without completing the entire credentialed curriculum? We want to give back to the system that gave us the tools and knowledge to have successful professional careers.

Below the City

September 27th, 2010
4:36 pm

“we welcome this call to trengthen and elevate the entire teaching profession so that all teachers have the support and training they—and their students—need to succeed” — Arne, could I just have the over $3000.00 each year I’ve lost in so called furlough days? That would really elevate this teacher!!

Lori

September 27th, 2010
4:38 pm

Russell, check out Georgia TAPP. Not sure if they are still doing this program, but it was a program to allow professionals to teach while getting their certification. Some college courses were required during nights and/or weekends, but after two years you’d be a certified teacher.

LLL

September 27th, 2010
4:45 pm

Some (Attentive Parent, for example) might be interested in this:

http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Publications/Model_Core_Teaching_Standards.html

huh

September 27th, 2010
4:46 pm

Wait, I thought the state hired teachers. Why do the feds want to recruit teachers?

teacher&mom

September 27th, 2010
5:14 pm

@LLL the document looks a lot like the Class Keys.

Attentive Parent

September 27th, 2010
5:15 pm

I have linked to those teaching standards before as well as the related state policy implications document.

So much for the repeated statements that they would not be telling anyone how to teach.

Once finalized are the states expected to mandate that classrooms be conducted as described in that document?

Thanks for thinking of me.

I find that document to be very troubling and am concerned that the real reason for Common Core is to nationalize the child centered classroom and an inquiry constructivist approach in each classroom and school and district and state.

ScienceTeacher671

September 27th, 2010
5:25 pm

They don’t really want STEM people. They want Stepford Teachers.

Perplexed2

September 27th, 2010
6:18 pm

One day in a classroom and they will be running for the hills. How is it that the government wants quality employees with no quality pay? How is it that Obama is screaming that we need to compete globally and have longer school days, but no $$$$$$$$$$ ka-cking?
I don’t care what anyone says–teachers may not go into the profession for money, but in this economy. they sure NEED it!!!

Atlanta Media Guy

September 27th, 2010
6:35 pm

Arne Duncan, this guy wants to turn our kids into “Green” students! You know, for our “green” economy. The federal Dept. of Education has only been around since 1979. What has it done for us? How many billions has this bunch spent since 1979? They brought us No Child Left Behind and now they want to keep our kids in school for at least 2 more hours a day and at least 50 more days a year. They want to make sure they indoctrinate our kids! Remember it was Al Gore who told a bunch of 12 and 13 year olds during Obama’s inaugural week that our kids know more than us parents! Nothing like a good Government Education to indoctrinate our kids. Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals is now required reading for High School systems in some districts. How long are we going to stand for these progressives running our government? I say let’s save some of that federal debt and close the Dept. of Education and leave it to the states to decide how WE THE PEOPLE want to educate our kids.

Stevie

September 27th, 2010
7:04 pm

@LLL

These documents say things so generally they are meaningless. I don’t know why Attentive Parent is so concerned about it. According to the document, just about anything goes.

J.B. STONER

September 27th, 2010
7:32 pm

I’ll tell you what they will do with a protractor, they will stab you.

William Casey

September 27th, 2010
8:32 pm

Does Arne truly believe that the next wave of teachers entering the profession will match, much less exceed the quality of the people who entered with me in 1975? My son is an academic stud, a soph in college doing dual DEGREES in Mathematics and Philosophy. He’s made it clear that there is no way that he would tolerate the way teachers are treated. And, he won’t have to.

NW Geogia teacher

September 27th, 2010
8:35 pm

My thanks to Randi Weingarten.

Career Switcher

September 27th, 2010
8:57 pm

I left a job in the private sector for teaching 4 years ago. I teach math to 8th graders in a Title 1 school, and nothing could possibly prepared me for what I deal with as a teacher. First and foremost is an almost absolute lack of respect for my personal/family time. I generally get to work at 7 and don’t leave till 5:30 or so. I get about 15-20 minutes to sit down and eat at lunch, and much of that time is spent monitoring my students (getting up and down, standing in line with them, etc). Last week, I clocked 12 hours during the week and 7 hours on the weekend (71 total working hours last week). I have worked in positions that required long hours and 50-55 hours per week during peak/busy times, but those hours have generally been accounted for somehow, whether with overtime, comp time, or higher salary. I have seen the demands on our time grow substantially just in the few years I have been teaching. I am now expected to individually progress monitor high-risk students (similar to weekly progress monitoring performed by special education teachers).

Secondly, the push for increased test scores and the social promotion of many of my students means that I teach students who don’t know basic math facts in the same room as those who are a hair under qualifying for gifted pullout. Try teaching a student to pick out a pattern in a function table or to simplify a radical expression if they can’t multiply 4×5 in their head. In one room, I have 3 students who are recently returned from alternative school, and 2 more who have recently been in Juvenile (32 all together). All of my students are expected to master the math (Algebra), even those with severe learning disabilities or those with an IQ of 65-70. While most of my students are fantastic, each one of my classes are peppered with 4-6 chronically apathetic, disrespectful students who exhibit no willingness to learn or to behave (those who come to school only to socialize, eat, and disrupt those who are trying). I try as hard as I can with these students, and come in every day with the “today’s a new day” mindset. That being said, it can be hard to deal with some of it. Just yesterday, I refused to allow a student to go and interupt another class to fetch a forgotten book. She said “so, I hope you got the money to pay for that book when it get lost, wait till I tell my mama”.

Since leaving the business world, I have had to train myself to only use the bathroom once during the day, to be able to totally ignore a mind-numbing migraine (no dimming the lights and working with the office door closed), to try to grow a thicker skin when I am blantantly disregarded and disrespected by students (and sometimes parents), to and to have almost no life outside of my job. Even harder than all that is the fact that no matter how well I do my job, at the end of the day I am 100% judged on someone else’s job performance (my students). Evaluations used to be so clear-cut. I knew when I was doing a great job, and when I had something I needed to work on. My job performance was directly related to the the amount of effort that I expended. Now, all it takes to ruin “my” job performance is whether or not Susie’s boyfriend broke up with her in the hall before class and whether John’s mom is allowing him up to play Halo until 4 a.m.

I have found that I really do enjoy teaching math, and find that my job becomes a little easier as springtime (and the much dreaded TEST) draws nearer. I am currently contemplating a move out of middle school in hopes that I might find a better work/life balance. If that doesn’t work, I may be heading back to a company near you!

I just thought I’d throw my opinion in, not that it’s worth much!

d

September 27th, 2010
9:01 pm

I am fortunate enough to teach in one of the red-headed step children subjects. Sure STEM and ELL are important, but as a teacher of the Social Studies, I feel left out. No wonder our entire country is going downhill – we don’t value all subjects equally. Don’t mind me, I just help students become well-rounded citizens. What about our teachers of English? Where will America be if we don’t know how to communicate? Our teachers of fine arts bring the culture of the world to our students and our teachers of health and physical education try to help overcome the obesity epidemic facing America so we aren’t losing all our money on health care costs. Never fear, however, we have STEM and ELL to keep us number one in the world.

Ray

September 27th, 2010
9:01 pm

But if we educate the kids no one will vote republican when they’re older!!!

ScienceTeacher671

September 27th, 2010
9:24 pm

I notice that Sidwell Friends seems to value oral and written expression over all else.

And clearly, if you can’t express yourself, it doesn’t matter what you know about anything else, because you won’t be able to share it with anyone.

Mike Honcho Himself

September 27th, 2010
9:49 pm

Switcher – Hang in there. It really doesn’t get better much better teaching high school. We really need good middle school math teachers. That being said, if I was younter I would be looking elsewhere as well.

Mikey D

September 27th, 2010
9:52 pm

@CareerSwitcher:
Better watch out or you’ll be labeled as a “whining teacher”.
I just love how the president today talked about how we need to extend the school day and school year… Heck, Georgia can’t even cover its expenses as it stands now without balancing the budget off our backs through furloughs and pay cuts. How does he expect to be able to pay teachers an additional 20 to 25 work days per year? I suppose they’ll just add it to our “duties and responsibilities”. That’s how they continue to dump more and more on us. (Especially in Douglas Co where I teach….)

Mike Honcho Himself

September 27th, 2010
10:47 pm

Oops. younter = younger.

Good for Kids

September 27th, 2010
10:53 pm

Career Switcher-
I appreciate your honest summary.
Speak up somewhere for the profession.
I am amazed how few in charge get what it takes.

Lee

September 27th, 2010
10:55 pm

The campaign has several goals, including:

“Increasing the … diversity of people seeking to become teachers…”

“… encourage more minority males to pursue careers in the classroom.”

And so, the politically correct assault on public education continues. If this were a horse race, the headlines would read: “The politically correct pathogens and other assorted social engineers cannot figure out why they can’t win the Kentucky Derby with a Shetland Pony.”

Gwinnett Parent

September 27th, 2010
10:59 pm

Can we have a more out of touch pres.?
-Teacher recruitment? My kid’s school just let go of some wonderful teachers.
-Longer school year/days. Unfortunately, my daughter’s time off is when she actually gets to see the world, learn new things, and get ahead of the next school year. Public schools are messed up. Between excessive testing, mainsteaming, discipline problems, overcrowding, political b.s., and political correctness, only 30% of the school year is truly productive. I do not know of any parents that let their mentally vegetate during the summer. Also, when are the kids going to learn life skills if they are in the classroom all day? Academics are only a slither of the equation. Perhaps the Asian countries are doing better than us on test scores. However, how do the Asians do when it comes to negotiating a contract, creating a business, innovating a product, or just plain communication skills? The chances of a”B” student with lots of savvy are a lot better than the staight “A” honor student with good skills and limited savvy.
Our president needs to get some business skills and figure out a way to encourage business in our country and bring jobs to the already highly qualified. Why bother with teacher recruitment when our tax base has been lowered from the recession and quality teachers are on unemployment?

another comment

September 27th, 2010
11:22 pm

Who would want to be a teacher anymore after what has happened to teachers this past year. The students in my daughter’s Cobb County School, are so disgusted at how their teachers were treated last year by the BOE and Administration that none of them want to be teachers anymore. Who wants to go to college for 4 years anymore, when you have just seen in high school that everyone with less that 3 years of senority gets axed at the whim of the district. The best of the new teachers, the kids favorite coaches. The kids were very upset, and disgusted. Then why would I as a parent want to spend $100,000-$200,000k for my kid to be a teacher. I would be nuts, no way.

Career Switcher

September 28th, 2010
12:02 am

@Gwinnett Parent…the problem is that the President and others believe that the schools should pick up the slack of bad parenting. A school’s job should be to teach reading, writing, science, math, and history (and proper behavior while the child is in school). It is unfortunate, but there will always be a small number of parents who do not provide their children with the most basic of upbringings and home-based training/instruction. We seem to be moving towards a state where we expect schools to raise children from cradle to adulthood. If you are in education and do not know what I am talking about, then you do not teach in a high-SES school. I have worked in high-need and higher need, and the larger the population of Free and Reduced Lunch, the more slack teachers and schools are expected to pick up. We have to stop and ask ourselves where the buck stops, and whose job it really should be to make sure children are properly parented. I do not deny the need for intervention programs, I simply question whether they should be implemented through the K12 public schools.

On the other hand, where does that leave average, middle class parents/students? I don’t want my children to go to school longer hours or more days. I will provide them with all the out-of-school experiences that are needed, thank you very much. I like for my children to have time off to be kids. I like for them to be able to go on field trips and enjoy extracurricular activities at school. I am not trying to be too harsh, but many of the same students that I teach who cannot come up with $1 for pencils or $6 for a field trip or whose parents can’t/won’t make them study afterschool are the same ones with several pairs of new, expensive shoes and nicer cell phones than I have, and their parents pick them up from school driving brand new SUV’s! And, the same ones whose parents don’t take the time to back up academics at home (because they are single parents who are over-burdened, work long hours, etc.) are the same parents who sit at football and basketball practice 4 nights a week for 3 hours at a stretch to support Jr. (the same parents who can’t be tracked down till they find out Jr. might be ineligible for sports next semester). We have to stop making excuses for people and set the bar higher for these parents.Please keep in mind that most of my students’ parents are wonderful and not like this!), but there really is a population of parents like this and everyone else’s children are suffering the consequences. Priorities, people!!

Ole Guy

September 28th, 2010
12:10 am

Is it me, or do I perceive a 180 degree disconnect between federal and state gurus on the education front. A mere weeks ago, the state was, in effect, telling teachers to go to hell. Stories of teachers…recipients of Teacher of the Year Honors, and those very same recipients garnering trumped-up records of sub-par performance only to be shown the back door of withering careers…now are spoken of in great platitudes at the federal levels. Meanwhile, the teacher corps is obliged to contend with all sort of fiscal chicanery in the form of salary reductions, broken promises of financial reward for advanced training and education, etc.

As I’ve indicated in previous discussion, I saw this rotten state of affairs brewing 15 years ago. Unfortunately, the teacher corps at large, comfortable in the presumption that “they would be taken care of”, instead left the powers that be with the unmistakable notion that they would be “easy pickins” when the inevitable time came for fiscal restraint.

Apparently, the teacher corps remains content to assume the position of the ping pong ball in the federal and state games of “kick the teacher back and forth over the net of indecision”. Are teachers the valuable comodity which the federal doe seems to feel, or are they simply, like light bulbs, expendable comodities which can be screwed and unscrewed, over and over, at state’s whim?

No, no, no…I am NOT bashing teachers, but simply wondering when (as I have wondered so much) a few leaders within the teacher corps are going to raly the teachers of Georgia. Do you people actually enjoy assuming the role of the bird in the rotten game of badminton being played out at both federal and state doe levels? Considering the apparent lack of “political spheroids” which you (collectively) have, over the years, displayed, one is not too sure if, perhaps, the role of ping pong ball…the bird…is not deserved.

I will always respect teachers, both for the impact(s) they left upon generations past, and for the roles they SHOULD be assuming in forming future generations. BUT FOR CRYIN OUT LOUD, WHEN ARE YOU PEOPLE GOING TO GET WITH IT? Right now, you (collectively) are simply a gagle of individual sheep. ORGANIZE, dare to tread into unknown and uncharted waters of professional assertiveness, and stop allowing a state doe to kick you in the six at will while the fed doe places you on political parade.

Toto: exposing the man behind the curtain

September 28th, 2010
1:01 am

Well, if that STEM teaching job doesn’t work out, they’re hiring at the UN. But–you must have lots of experience with aliens….
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8025832/UN-to-appoint-space-ambassador-to-greet-alien-visitors.html

David Sims

September 28th, 2010
5:52 am

Article: “The campaign has several goals, including: Increasing the number, quality and diversity of people seeking to become teachers, particularly in high-need schools (rural and urban) and subject areas in greatest demand: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), English Language Learners (ELL), and Special Education.”

I see a contradiction. If you maximize diversity, you cannot maximize quality.

David Sims

September 28th, 2010
5:53 am

And vice versa.

I am a teacher

September 28th, 2010
7:10 am

@CS – “the problem is that the President and others believe that the schools should pick up the slack of bad parenting”

Damn right we should…the consequences of leaving the slack out there is too great. Not taking up the slack has led to the problems we have now and it is time to stop the bleeding. If you are not up to that challenge, there are plenty of great schools to work in where you don’t have to deal with such issues. Stop whining and start thinking about what the KIDS need, instead of what YOU want.

lionel

September 28th, 2010
8:04 am

Posts like David Sims’ clearly show we have a huge education problem in this country…

mark

September 28th, 2010
12:15 pm

I’m with the Ole Guy. But since this is a “right to work” state, a non-striking law for teachers it is bit hard to lean on the govt’. Being from the north (PA) where teachers are on Strike right now!!! They get what they want. No one is furloughed, contracts are for 3-4 years. No one gets let go, or as it is called in GA “nonrenewed”.

As a teacher who is back to 2003 pay, due to cuts. I am pondering the private sector. What does a chemistist make around here anyway?

Atlanta Media Guy

September 28th, 2010
2:53 pm

If I leave the parenting to Arne Duncan, he’ll make sure the safe school czar, Kevin Jennings, will help the elementary school kids learn about homosexual sex and child sex with adults around the second grade! Yea, that’s good! Let’s leave the parenting to Obama and his czars, that’ll have a happy ending for sure!

Stop spending Congress! Close the Dept. of Energy and Dept. of Education, that should save us about 200 billion a year. It’s a start! The era of the Jimmy Carter days are over!

ASHLEY

September 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

When I was in school 1963-1976(K-12) . Teachers were treated like surrogate parents. they were respected and obeyed, no sass and definitely no violence. Honestly can the same be said of todays students and parents who think the schools should miraculously graduate every student troubled or not. I’ve seen the decline of public schools and all the reasons why they are failing, but one reason sticks out more than any other. The lack of appreciation for a good education and the non chalant attitude some parents take regarding their childs legacy to learning and social behavior. I.

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Writer Gal

September 28th, 2010
5:12 pm

Re Dr. Hostetter
(How does someone with an advanced degree in science teach in the school system without a teaching credential? I am certainly aware that an advanced degree alone doesn’t necessarily qualify one as a good teacher. However, there are people like me, who have a great deal of content knowledge but lack the credential to teach young people. How do professionals like me, leverage the knowledge we have obtained academically and experientially in business without completing the entire credentialed curriculum? We want to give back to the system that gave us the tools and knowledge to have successful professional careers.)

YOU YOU YOU are exactly what we need going in to teach the students. But sadly you may never be hired, because the hiring folks in this state will be way under your educational level and will feel intimidated by you and will thus try to black ball you. This is the way the ignorance keeps perpetuating itself in Georgia. Low IQ cronyism and good ole boy blabbermouths who only say about being 49th in the nation….”well at least we ain’t 50th.” So thank God for Mississippi, I suppose. Also, I am pleased we won Race to the Top money, but I have to know that there had to be a WHOLE lot of fibbing goin’ on in that paperwork.

If I could afford the PhD, I would hire him for my son’s private homeschool education. It is indeed crazy–hire a Phd or a measly teacher’s certificate? Tsk tsk tsk and it never changes here.

Career Switcher

September 28th, 2010
6:59 pm

@I’m a teacher…whoa! I CHOOSE to work with the types of students that I do and I’ve had great successes with them. I am simply asking where the line should reasonably be drawn for an individual teacher. I do all sorts of non-academic things for and with my students, including providing shoes, clothing, and lunch money,I’ve attended funerals when mom overdosed and talked them thru bouncing from one foster parent to another. My point is simply that doing these things is and should be my choice, and that in situations like this, increasing burdens are falling on individual teachers. If me doing what it takes for my students to pass math takes 60 to 70 hrs each week, then who is raising my children? If we as a society expect these higher levels of support in high need schools, then appropriate funding and supports need to be put into place. If we are willing to recognize that students from low SES backgrounds require these super high levels of support, then they should be funded much more like our special education students. This would enable extra support and lower class sizes for these students. I am reaching burnout fast, and don’t know how much longer I will be able to keep it up.

Also, I think the key lies in parent education and in reducing the teenage birthrate. Otherwise we are just enabling more generations to create more children for us to “raise”. And I do think that fixing this is beyond the scope and ability of one (or even a school full of) teachers.

Technology In Class

September 28th, 2010
10:51 pm

This is a good initiative to get more leaders into the field of education. Well done Mr. Duncan.

TIC
http://www.technologyinclass.com

Ole Guy

September 29th, 2010
2:17 am

Listen up Teach…no one’s “whining” has selfish motives; these issues ARE for the kids. Do you ever fly commercially? What does the cabin crew admonish passengers to do in the event of a loss of cabin pressure, unkindly known as rapid decompression? They advise passengers, in doning oxygen masks, to take care of themselves before helping others. Is this action motivated out of self-serving motives…out of “whining” over the rather uncomfortable state of reduced atmospheric pressure? I think not, Teach.

I do agree, Teach, as I have indicated many times, that the teacher corp seems devoid of leaders who are willing to step within the uncomfortable arena of public contention, rally the troops, as it were, and fight for the support they require…not for self-serving ends, not for kicks, and certainly not because of the “enjoyment” of whining. Ultimately, TEACH, it IS what the kids need,

The plain ole simple truth in life is that in order to be of help to those in need, one must first take care of one’s self, otherwise, as a caregiver, as a teacher, one will be anywhere from less than fully capable to completely useless.

I would have to surmise that, judging from the quality of scholar the educational systems are pumping out, it would not be an unrealistic assessment to realize that the teaching itself is, likewise, anywhere from less than fully capable to completely useless. And this, Teach, is due to the fact that, over the years…over the generations…teachers have been obliged to take care of the student without the proper tools with which to professionally care for themselves.

Simpletons, LIKE YOU, TEACH, support the notion of failing schools, and less-than-effective teachers are the product of whining over ostensibly self-serving issues. WHO IN HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, TEACH? Some sort of Little Lord Fontleroy of the teaching community who feels that you are somehow above the realities with which your professional bretheren must contend? To reduce these realities as simply whining is both irresponsible and contemptuous. I cannot see how you can call yourself a teacher. Feel free to allow these words to ring within that sphere you call a mind as you babble to your students. Sleep well, Teach

I am a teacher

September 29th, 2010
10:42 am

Ole guy- thank you for once again proving what an out of touch, cantankerous, DO NOTHING, make excuses for GENERATIONS of failure idiot you are. SHUT. UP.

GT grad teacher

September 29th, 2010
10:02 pm

Phd guy, try working as a substitute teacher, it’s a great way to get your foot in the door – that’s what I did back in spring of1994 in a local district (with the initials DC) – I was vacation from my engineering job considering a career switch myself. That day, I solved a few problems, made some jokes, the kids liked me told the principal. I was hired the next day as a long sub for a math class at the same school (a teacher quit). That summer, I took the teacher tests in math and science (they were really easy, I aced both after partying all the night before); then, fall of 1994, I was hired full time on 3 year temporary certificate. I started teaching AP physics and Ap calculus that year. I took a few teacher classes at a local college (about 1/100 as hard as any class at GT- and my teacher certificate was changed to permanent. They are so desperate for math teacher, they actually waved a few requirements ( Ii argued my master from G Tech ought count for some of the remedial math classes required (college algebra ? Really? Tech doesn’t even offer math that low) ; they finally agreed. So here I am making an AP calc 16 teaching years later quiz for tomorrow’s class.
BTW Cobb County needs a few math sub teachers right now check their website. good luck