"The Math Specialist Program was
a superb blend of pedagogy and application. I learned practical
teaching strategies which could be implemented the following
day in class. I also learned the theories involved in those
teaching strategies which made implementation intuitive.
All of the professors were outstanding
in their teaching style, support, clarification, and content
knowledge. Clearly they modeled the teaching and learning styles
we were to implement in our classrooms.
Another success is providing a framework
for all of us which supports professional collaboration, planning,
and reflective analysis. Thumbs up to San Diego Unified for
providing outstanding professional development for mathematics."
"Being able to participate in
the math PDC enabled me to meet several teachers from other
schools dealing with the same issues and struggles while teaching
and learning mathematics. I shared and learned many new techniques
on assessing, planning, reflecting, and perfecting the way I
teach Math to my students. Thanks to the program's learning
experiences I was able to get my students to develop a passion
in math and to learn math like they never before had. A more
fun, interesting, different,and challenging "cool"
way of making sense of mathematics."
Encanto Academic Academy
"For the 2002/2003 school year
I was aware that the mathematics content and pedagogy I received
from the Math Specialist Program truly enriched my teaching in
the classroom. I would often consult the helpful and organized
binders prepared and supplied by the instructors throughout the
program as an excellent resource for my teaching and in preparing
professional development. All of the instructors are exceptional.
They modeled their instruction around what a learning environment
should look like. The coursework is not easy; however, just as
we do in our classrooms, (giving feedback, extra help/time, teaching
in a different way) so do the instructors in the program. I did
not realize how much more I needed to learn in geometry until
I took the Branca's Geometry Seminar in the summer of 2002. For
a teacher that wants to see their students make rapid progress
with a deeper understanding of mathematics, I highly recommend
the Math Specialist Program."
4th grade self-contained classroom