New York City’s public schools aren’t exactly known for their attention to detail.
But they’re not the only ones who are obsessed with teaching math and science.
Today, we’ll be talking to some of the best teachers in the city about how to get the most out of your education and keep learning.
So, grab a coffee, grab your computer, and take us on a trip down memory lane.
What’s the most popular course in your district?
There are several popular math and computer science courses in New York’s schools, but the best is likely to be the one that’s right for you.
“I’d say it’s a good mix of math and programming,” says Lora Mott, principal of Lora School of the Arts.
“If you want to be a math whiz, I think it’s the math class.”
What is the best way to prepare for an exam?
This is one of the most important questions teachers ask themselves when preparing for an upcoming exam.
But there’s no one magic formula that works for everyone.
“In some ways, it’s just getting yourself up to speed on the subject, but then there are other factors,” says Michael J. Smith, associate professor of education at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
“For example, there are so many different kinds of math-related courses that students need to take in their careers, and they’re also interested in different kinds in the classroom.”
What do you do if you miss an exam and find yourself wondering if you can catch up?
If you’ve missed an exam, there’s a few ways you can get the information you need.
Check out the SAT test-taking site for a list of resources.
“You can do a lot of different things,” Smith says.
“Maybe you might need to call your math tutors and say, ‘I need to get back to the lab and work on this.’
You can also do a little bit of searching on the Internet to see if the questions have been answered.
And then you can use Google, or you can just call your professor or the school administrator and ask for the answer.
There are a lot that you can do, but there are some things you can’t do.”
What are the most common mistakes you make in math and coding?
Sometimes, students are just too young to remember exactly how to do something, so they may make mistakes.
But the easiest way to correct that is to ask a teacher, Mott says.
For example, a student may be looking up “dot” instead of “dot.”
“The answer will always be ‘dot,’ but if you ask a parent or a teacher you can go through and ask your parent for an explanation,” she says.
What kinds of teachers do you think are best at teaching math?
In a city like New York, there is so much diversity in the math and tech workforce.
“There are a few different kinds,” Smith suggests.
“One of the top-performing teachers I know is not only the one who teaches the calculus but also the ones who teach the advanced calculus.”
The reason, Smith says, is that “most of the teachers in our schools are really good at the basic math.
They’re great at the fundamentals.”
What kind of materials do you use in your classrooms?
The best teachers at schools have a deep understanding of what students need, whether they’re looking for math and math-based skills or to have fun learning.
“It’s not just the stuff you learn, it has to be really effective,” Mott notes.
“They have to have a way of teaching to keep students engaged, because it’s hard to teach math and learning when you’re just learning.
It’s just a lot more fun to have an interactive experience with your students.”
What other teachers are you looking for?
As you might expect, there aren’t many teachers in NYC who teach in math, but a lot people are looking for a teacher who has the right combination of skills.
“My goal is to make it clear to everyone that you should consider applying,” says Mott.
“But you have to be very careful.
It doesn’t have to mean teaching the same subject every day.
You can have the same teacher for a while, then switch.”
What type of curriculum are you targeting?
If a teacher is interested in teaching, they may choose to focus on a different subject.
“Many schools have one or two math courses, but they don’t have a focus on the whole math or science,” Smith notes.
Mott emphasizes the importance of having a “balanced curriculum” that’s suitable for students of all abilities.
“We have to make sure that we have a curriculum that is appropriate for a wide range of abilities,” she adds.
What can you expect when you graduate from school?
There’s no question that getting a good education can be a long and complicated process. But