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Are your kid's teachers trained or merely accredited?

DD is struggling in Math.

She came to her current school from another where she was failing math. I put her in her grade level of math and in an additional math class.

She has struggled all year. She has gone in early and stayed late. Kid obviously needs more help.
When her instructor called, yet again, the other night we had a longer than usual conversation.

Turns out, this Electrical Engineer recently out of College does not have a degree in math, teaching or teaching math to students who just don't get it.

I am trying to find her the help she needs and discussed with the school placing her with an actual math teacher.

Apparently there is no such thing in the middle schools in my area. They are Accredited. But not course specific trained educators.

Looks like we are going to have to put her in 7th grade math to catch up/ learn/ relearn (how ever you want to describe it) while continuing the additional class so she is able to attend the appropriate 9th grade class.

The only other option is to put her in special education math classes. And watch her continue to fall behind and be ill prepared for college level mathematics.


Asked by feralxat at 8:33 PM on Jan. 30, 2013 in

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  • Have you, by chance, had her evaluated for math dyscalculia? It is being diagnosed more regularly now and there are some cool new treatment options out there......just an idea and I'm sorry I didn't actually answer the question, as I don't know for sure here in Chicago. In MN they have to be certified in their subject area.

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 9:43 PM on Jan. 30, 2013

  • neither.

    Answer by autodidact at 2:29 AM on Feb. 3, 2013

  • actual math teachers are hard to come by...ive subbed for a woman who is actually an English teacher, but since she couldnt find a job she took the test for math is now a math teacher. in Oklahoma you have to pass the test related to your field and then you can test in anything you want, no training required. so long as you have a degree, pass the tests, you can teach whatever you want. its the only way they can get teachers...

    i hope your DD gets the help she needs, thats gotta be tough.

    Answer by okmanders at 2:13 PM on Jan. 31, 2013

  • You will find that in most schools, especially private. Everyone thinks because someone is a teacher, they have a degree.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:53 AM on Jan. 31, 2013

  • I have it, and two of my kids have it. I can absolutely rock stats, but algebra is like a completely foreign language to me.

    One of the newer areas of research is assigning numbers a sort of "phonic" because those who have difficulty with math often are higher achieving with reading and language comprehension. So, if you can make your brain see numbers like it sees words, it can help.

    And, you're welcome :D

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 9:52 PM on Jan. 30, 2013

  • No, I haven't and thank you for the information. I will look into it. It may also be the same issue I have.
    You rock for great advice and info.

    Comment by feralxat (original poster) at 9:49 PM on Jan. 30, 2013

  • Yes public school. There are three or four middle schools and none of them have an actual "Math Teacher".

    Comment by feralxat (original poster) at 9:27 PM on Jan. 30, 2013

  • Is this a public school?

    Answer by musicmaker at 9:23 PM on Jan. 30, 2013

  • Yes, there is local college.
    It looks like we may have to get t tutor. I will have a better idea by spring break.

    When she first got to this school and began taking the second class, everything began to click and she was very excited...she was beginning to think she was dumb.

    Then they threw these new concepts at her without her having a decent grasp on the previous concepts.

    Then the principal tried to tell me how much of a pain in the ass it would be to change her math classes. Yeah- that went over like a lead zepplin.

    I told him, "considering how many parents don't care are you really going to give ME the run around"?

    "Flunking 8th grade because of math is stupid and my kid is not stupid".

    They are working with me Know- but argh!

    Comment by feralxat (original poster) at 8:49 PM on Jan. 30, 2013

  • Is there a local college in your area? See if there are any education majors who would like to tutor your child.


    Answer by JeremysMom at 8:43 PM on Jan. 30, 2013