I want to thank this forum for helping me get this job, for Aliceacc who gave me the idea of emailing the principal (emailed him last Friday, landed job today after an interview this morning - it was a great one!), for TeacherGroupie who helped me with my cover letter (and again, also Aliceacc) and also passing CSET math, and for the brilliant posters who encourage each of us become the best teacher that one could be. Thank you. This is my first teaching job (although, I'm a sub). I'm probably the only intern here who got hired as a permanent teacher - high school math (got scared of my competition because they are fully-credentialed). If there is one, please tell us your story. Anyway, I now have to look for somebody to bring my son to school early in the morning everyday (I'm a single dad). Classes starts on the 29th. Don't lose hope. It's scrambling time for principals to fill out teaching jobs for an increasing student population. Again, thanks for everything.

YAY!!!!!!! Congratulations!!! Any idea what course(s) you'll be teaching? Please let me know if I can be of any help! Congrats again!

Hi Alice, I really don't know. I told the principal that my intern credential allows me to teach from Algebra 1 & 2, to geometry, prob. and statistics, and precalculus. I like algebra and geometry. I want to teach both at the same time. Thanks for your offer. I will keep that in mind.

Yay for you Galois!!! I've been following your story and I'm so glad to hear this great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes indeed, it is the best site. I couldn't have done it without this forum either. Thanks again to all of you. Now, it's panic time (one week to prepare). I was told to decorate my room (put a college corner), print syllabuses, pacing matrix, California math standards, lesson plans, etc. It's overwhelming. I can't get my regular sleep thinking (though exciting), The best thing to happen is that the former teacher (she taught Algebra 1 & 2) who I'm replacing is helping me a lot prepare (she's moving to a much better school - one of the top high schools in the nation). Anyway, for those searching - one tip I can give you is to start networking, right now. You will eventually find yours. Again, thanks for everything.

Here's something for your college corner: http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=147522&highlight=Newsday go down to post # 3.

Got it, Alice. Thanks. Is it possible to email me the amount you are paying someone to bring your children to school? I just want to have an idea before I talk to somebody I know which should happen this week. Thanks.

Again, thanks for everything. All these gifts are coming to me in droves! Alice, I need your help badly. When I reported today to sign documents, the position of Chairman-High School Math Department was given to me, together with the job description. Now, what is the fastest and most effective way of increasing student performance (my most immediate job) in math - since you were formerly a math chairman? Thanks again. I was just applying for a first time math teacher - not this one. But, the principal inferred during the interview that I may get this position. The principal said that despite not having the actual classroom experience in math (I was a business lecturer, math tutor, etc.), I have other qualifications that will allow me to handle this job. Well, it's not my decision. I just want to teach; that's all. I really like teaching, while out there even as a sub. It's like heaven. Any suggestion for a department head?

I'm on my way to a graduation party (and Brian is on my computer.) I'll get back to you later tonight or early tomorrow, OK?? In the meantime, can you tell me about your school-- what exams do they take, how big, anything you think will help. Also, the gist of the job description. You may want to start a new thread.

OK, the stuffed mushrooms are in the oven and I have a few minutes. As the new guy coming in wtih no high school experience, you can probably expect a less than warm welcome from some department members-- sad but true. So I think you'll have to work first on getting everyone to admit that these kids need to see some improvement in their scores. I think the biggest stumbling block to math achievement is frequently a lack of knowledge of times tables and place value. So I think I would suggest: - new department policy. At least for the first few weeks, all math classes (or in grades 6-10 anyway) begin with times table drill. The kids NEED to know those times tables. - this won't go over well, but I hate the use of calculators before the kids hit trig fairly late in Algebra or Geometry. They simply do NOT need a calculator prior to that point, and they get lazy with their math facts. - Can you schedule a school math bee? Along with regular math bee drill in class? Again, anything to get the kids actually thinking. If you want, later (when Brian gets off my computer) I can probably find the format of our invitational math bee. (We do grades 6-8) - Older kids should be concentrating on the SAT. Regardless of their SES, kids can't aim for college if they can't get in. Each math class that isn't starting each day with times tables should be doing one or two SAT prep problems. If you can order each faculty member an SAT reviw book-- Barrons or something-- that will help. If you can find one where the answers are explained, that will help a lot. - Do you give departmental trimesters or midterms/finals? If not, can you start? Have whoever is teaching a particular course work together on making it up, but make sure you get to edit them. I tend to test in class a bit harder than I do on a Trimester or final. - At the end of each marking period, you want each member of the department to submit a list of anyone who: -- failed the trimester/ midterm,/ whatever ---failed the marking period ---came close. Teachers need to speak or email (not just leave a message) at the home of anyone who failed or cut it close. Parents can't help if they don't know. - Can you mandate extra help outside school hours, or is that against union work hours? -- Take a look at the NY State Regents exams. They make GREAT review questions. http://www.nysedregents.org/ And take a look at the Oswego Regents Reviw site: http://regentsprep.org/ OK, gotta run for now.

Oh, Alice!!! You are indeed a gift. What a ton of information! I've got to go too, bring my son for swimming. I think I will start a new thread. Talk to you later. A million thanks.