I wish to announce that the San Diego City College student who approached me at the beginning of this semester, without any prior credit for any college-level mathematics, earlier today passed the assessment examination for MATH 119 Statistics enrollment.

I could hear the raw emotion in his voice as he thanked me for the weekly private tutoring sessions we had at the campus Learning Resource Center on Friday mornings. We covered just about every Algebra I/II topic he could stomach, although I was worried that we did not get too deeply into logarithmic functions and matrix Gauss-Jordan elimination before our last session ended last Friday. He said there was no way he was losing my telephone number now, with MATH 119 coming up next semester. His ultimate goal is to be calculus-prepped before he transfers to UC Berkeley.

I told him that he needed to go out and celebrate. Immediately. That's an order!

In the meantime, I see the need to lesson-plan for trigonometry and pre-calculus starting yesterday.

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 8, 2010 @ 5:31 p.m.

Math isd the most importsnt subject where the quality of the teacher, and the way they can make it interesting, matters the most.

Jamie Escalante is someone I'm talking about.

Or math wonderkid Scott Flansburg is what Im talking about-I bought his book "Math Magic" years ago, and it is amazing, he is even more amazing.

He coaches math teachers. We need more people like HIM coaching the teachers, who are for the most part not tha good IMO.

. http://scottflansburg.com/thc/ .

.http://www.amazon.com/Math-Magic-Calculator-Everyday-Problems/dp/0060976195 .

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a2zresource Nov. 8, 2010 @ 6:57 p.m.

RE #2:

I was fortunate to have a moment with Escalante when he visited City College decades ago, to an overflow crowd that required extra lecture halls with video feed besides filling the City College theater for his talk, which included a section on avoiding advice from counselors. He scrawled on my calculus book: "You can do it. You're the best!" Such was the benefit of positive reinforcement.

As a math tutor, the best is when I manage to clone myself and create another tutor in the math major... and maybe even turn one into a speed reader who can tutor ANYTHING...

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