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Updated: 2014-10-16T18:19:23.703-07:00

 



I have taught extensively at the university underg...

2007-09-01T17:37:00.000-07:00

I have taught extensively at the university undergraduate level (wonderful), and the junior college level (also pretty good).

The key distinction is that the students have overwhelmingly chosen to be there (with few exceptions).

High school is a different planet with a whole myriad of difficulties. At the lower income schools, the kids have all sorts of problems. At the upper income schools, the kids have different problems, but the parents call you to bitch that it's your fault if their lazy kid isn't acing your class.



I had a chance to teach one class for a semester a...

2007-08-30T09:38:00.000-07:00

I had a chance to teach one class for a semester at a JC in the late 90s and very much enjoyed it.

If or when I make the jump, I think I would prefer high school or college, but the real need seems to be for inner-city high schools (or maybe junior high ... but I have heard teaching junior high really sucks).

No kids of my on, so that helps the retirement planning :).



One of my most rewarding career experiences occurr...

2007-08-28T21:00:00.000-07:00

One of my most rewarding career experiences occurred during the summer of 2002, where I got to teach pretty much whatever I wanted to a group of high school juniors about to become seniors.

I stayed rigorous regarding the math, teaching them strong algebra skills in the context of its utility to realistic problems.

THEY LOVED ALGEBRA.

Regarding computers, I was less rigorous, but I didn't have to be. They ate up Web design like it was candy.

That's the ideal, but I am afraid you will not find that in a lower income school.

I primarily stick to higher education, but K-12 bleeds into the mix. Right now I am doing a rather extensive literature review of business education partnerships. I'll post something about at some point.

Look before you leap and do the financial calculations. Have a smart wife that works, doesn't spend like Michael Jackson, and watch the kid count.