Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Professional Development in MATH???

In looking around at jobs that involve Math Coaching and also listening to OSPI discuss professional development I am becoming convinced that OSPI et al. have no idea what should be happening.

I received the following from Steve Wilson, PhD. of Johns Hopkins University; think about professional development in the light of Steve's letter.

Sat with a Korean mathematician friend today
on our boat trip. He explained to me the
math courses that an elementary school
teacher in South Korea must have:

Euclidean Geometry
Linear Algebra
Real Analysis
discrete math

and those a high school teacher must have

the above, and
complex analysis
year of abstract algebra
numerical analysis
number theory
more topology
differential geometry
non-Euclidean geometry

are we catching up yet?


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