My Worries

I worry that I sometimes waste my students’ time.  I know the standard lower levels of our math curriculum have antiquated parts. I need to  devise ways of delivering this required material in a modern context.

I worry that my students will embarrass themselves after they graduate and apply for their first job.  I worry that they will misspell or mispronounce a word or write incomplete sentences or reason sloppily or be ignorant of a common math concept.  Grammar counts when I grade written work.

I worry that I sometimes treat students like they are stupid.  They are not stupid.  They are just new to the material.  I mean to treat them like adults using adult vocabulary and adult reasoning and adult expectations.

In sum, curriculum, standards, respect – of course.


About jrh794

I am a sixty-five year old math instructor at Southern Oregon University. I taught at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed California for twenty-six years. Prior to that I worked as a computer programmer, carpenter and in various other jobs. I graduated from Rice University in 1967 and have a MS in Operations Research from Stanford. In the past I have hand-built a stone house and taken long solo bicycle tours. Now I ride my mountain bike and play golf for recreation.
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