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Well, I'm starting a new part-time job... tutoring kids in math&science online. Well, actually it's almost more like teaching than tutoring since it's based on a virtual classroom with many kids at once; and I have to cover 55 minute lectures on particular topics. This is a nice way to get my feet wet into teaching, since I've never really done it before. Ideally it's easier to teach something if you're there in person, but this way I don't have to deal as much with disciplinary problems, or kids having to go to the bathroom, etc. Not nearly as high pressure. Anyway, I'm going through some training sessions now and observing other sessions... and then I'll go into a phase where they observe me while I'm teaching, and then after that I'll be on my own. Depending on how well I do, they'll start ramping up my hours and it could potentially start paying the bills (wow! that'll be a first in a long time). But for now I'm just counting on it being a cool new experience, and something to occupy my time.

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ex_thehat388
Apr. 6th, 2003 08:23 am (UTC)
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The top math classes were essentially all math teamers. Then there was a math team class and another math team class before school (basically 2.5 periods per day including the 7:20 class).

The teachers could thus teach way more than the curriculum and had us take all the math contests -- I took about 6-8 math leagues per year, 12ish weekend math tournaments, and then all the AHSME/AIME stuff. We would also go to the Mu Alpha Theta national convention where we became loathed for winning every year (7 years in a row at one point). It was somewhat intense but produced a dozen very good to excellent math students each year for a while (the program has since dimished as good teachers retired).

The goal of our software is going to be to replicate that experience for any student anywhere who puts in the effort.

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