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Practical tips around positive support of youth, program structures that work, behavior management, and incentives

My wife is the director of an after school program that serves low income minority youth in grades 3 through 12. She is looking for practical tips to share with direct service staff around positive support of youth, program structures that work, behavior management, and incentives. What resources might you recommend (web or print)? What suggestions do you have as to what's successful or ways to assist in training and supporting staff within programming. Thanks.
posted by mathmatters on Dec 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Hiring Black High School Math Teachers

I am the chair of a high school math department in the Chicagoland area (north of Chicago). Our school population is 7% black. Our teacher population is 0% black. I'd like very much to hire a top-notch black math teacher. This teacher would round out our school in many ways, not the least of which being acting as a role model to the 7% of our students. I have tried working through the NAACP, the NABSE, and local college job fairs. So far I have come up with nothing. Any suggestions for what I should do to get more resumes from black high school math teachers?
posted by mathmatters on Nov 12, 2011 - 23 answers

Linear Relationships in Real Life?

I am redesigning a high-school Algebra course so as to make it more meaningful to the students. To that extent, I am trying to gather as many examples throughout our world of linear relationships. I was hoping to tap into the collective wisdom of this group to come up with as long a list as possible of linear relationships that actually exist (not contrived stuff). I once knew a teacher who had a plant that grew at a linear rate. I don't know the type of plant, however. And there are so many other linear relationships around us. I don't want everything they see be about a car's distance from home or the amount of money they saved. What do you know of that exhibits a linear relationship? I'd love to have a long list for students so that they see that studying linear relationships in Algebra really does matter. Thanks for any help in making this course more worth while to the students!
posted by mathmatters on Jul 21, 2011 - 16 answers

How can laptops for every high school student be beneficial?

I am a teacher at a high school that will be providing netbooks to every single student this fall. I am trying to consider ways that this will be helpful in the classroom, particularly in a math classroom. If you knew that every child in the classroom had their own netbook and the classroom were wireless, what would you like to see happen that would help students learn math? Please fire away ideas. All are welcome - whether brainstorm ideas or maybe you know of a particular website or web-based tool that would help students. Particularly, I'd like to assess students' progress as they learn as well as to provide them multiple ways to learn/experience the fundamental concepts in a math course. What would YOU have wanted if you had a laptop and wireless in high school? Thanks for your suggestions!!!
posted by mathmatters on Jul 10, 2010 - 21 answers

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