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A Special Needs Teacher Recommends Me as a Teacher

I'm posting this at the request of a potential student's parent. It is a word-for-word copy of the original. ----------------------- Dear Educator: 3/11/09 Elwood (“Woody”) has requested that I write a recommendation for him; and I am very happy to do so. I was acquainted with him during the 2005-'06 school year, when he was doing the most challenging job on the planet: substitute-teaching... read more

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Seventh Grade Pre-Algebra Teacher Recommends me as a Teacher

I am posting this letter of recommendation at the request of a potential student's parent. It is a word-for-word copy of the original. ------------------------ To Whom it May Concern: I am writing this letter concerning Woody G, who during the 2009-2010 school year has worked as an Apprentice Math Coach in my 7th Grade Mathematics classroom. This school year Woody has worked at the... read more

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Another Teacher Recommends me as a Teacher

I'm posting this letter of recommendation at the request of a potential student's parent. It is a word-for-word copy of the original. --------------- To Whom It May Concern, I am writing to recommend Elwood G. for the math and physics teacher position at your school. Elwood served in my math classroom, and in others, as a Commonwealth Core volunteer. As a teacher of eight years, and... read more

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A Director of Special Education Recommend Me As A Teacher

This is a professional letter of recommendation for me, by the Director of Special Needs at North Central Charter Essential School. It is posted here, word-for-word, at the request of a potential student's parent. ---------------------------- March, 2010 To Whom It May Concern: This letter serves as a letter of professional reference for Mr. Elwood G. I have known Elwood, since... read more

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Early Graphics: A Valentine on the Physics Department Computer, and a first "Morph" drawing program

When I was a grad student in Math at Wesleyan U. I hung around the Computing Center a fair amount. That was my hobby. Not hanging out - being a computer heavy. Not a hacker, because there was no internet in those days and we weren't interested in messing things up. We wanted to make fun stuff work. The computer was a Dec System 10, or PDP-10, and had a lot of guts, a lot of power, for... read more

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Frat House Physics Tutor

After getting my BA (Math and Physics double major) I went to grad school in Physics at U. Illinois Urbana. If I had the choice over again, I'd have gone almost anyplace else. My source of income was a half-time teaching assistant, in Freshman Physics Recitation and Lab, mostly teaching Engineering Students. There happened to be a room available at the local chapter of my fraternity. In... read more

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An Asperger's kid At the Bat

As a substitute teacher, I spent many days over a two year period teaching a self-contained class of four sixth- and seventh-graders with a range of learning issues and disabilities. The course was called Life Skills Class. Students had several disabilities, including Aspergers Syndrome, cognitive delays, Tourette syndrome, FSH muscular dystrophy, and emotional/behavioral challenges. As the... read more

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Tutoring my fiancee in Chemistry

My fiancee was a year behind me in college at the same school. She had problems in Math and any application of it: seeing numbers on the page scared her. So her first and only failing grade was in first semester Chemistry. Unfortunately for her, she was required to take two semesters of general Chemistry for her BSN Nursing Major. Summer school time came around. As I happened to have... read more

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Teaching High School Physics and Calculus to my Physics teacher

When we were about to start the unit on Electricity and Magnetism, the teacher said "Would you like to teach the unit? I'm sure you know more about it that I do." I agreed, and he handed me the chalk to begin lecturing. This was long before the era of cell phones, personal pagers, and just about when transistor radios had become popular. As an Amateur Radio Operator, and before, I'd... read more

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Being a paid Fortran tutor to my teacher

When I was a College Freshman, I was taking my last semester of German Language Lab from a Linguistics Grad Student. While talking about who we were and what we did, I mentioned learning Fortran in High School. He had a major Linguistics paper to write, in a hurry, and it appeared to be suitable for computer assistance. Problem: he didn't know how to program. So I offered to tutor him,... read more

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Success in teaching concepts and motivating in Algebra 1

Last year I was an Academic Coach at North Central Charter Essential School (NCCES) in Fitchburg MA. One of the duties I had was to tutor individual students in 7th grade Algebra 1. I worked with students having difficulty in both understanding Math concepts and doing daily work. Examples of this were: * proportion projects, such as map reading, and * a project where students made... read more