Author and teacher Steve Western and his wife live on the southern Oregon coast. He has taught twenty-eight years in public junior and senior high schools. He is also the author of The Imp in Walter Plimp and Other Stories.
"Why Do We Have to Learn This Crap?": Twenty-Five Days in the Life of a Basic-Math Teacherby Steve Western
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Why don’t more American adolescents scale the mathematical bell curve and reach…average? The answers lie in “Why Do We Have to Learn This Crap?”: Twenty-Five Days in the Life of a Basic-Math Teacher. Wayne Muncie teaches the Basic Math classes at Sunset Bay High School. He enjoys his students—most of them, anyway—and the challenge—usually—of educating them. His students share their experiences and interests with him, which—despite his assessment anxiety, the stress of managing his classroom and his end of the freshman hall, and a harrowing three-month stint as a driver-education instructor—keeps him young. Wayne doesn’t hunt or fish or attend church, so he is something of an oddity in Sunset Bay, a conservative Oregon city that once had thriving fishing and timber industries. He reads, observes, and takes walks with his wife and dog. He doesn’t consider himself exceptional, but the depth of his outer and inner worlds, and the humor that pervades both, are revealed when he is simultaneously talking and listening—that is, writing in his diary.
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If you are a young teacher, read this for insight into your experienced colleagues. If you are an old teacher, read and remember why you became a teacher in the first place. If you aren't a teacher this book will give you a very good sense of what teachers confront in their classrooms. I am an experienced teacher and I laughed out loud several times.
I enjoyed reading this book. For those of us who are not teachers, it is a very funny insight into a day in the life of a teacher.
This book is a must read for all math teachers... for all teachers for that matter... and parents who have spent nights helping their child struggle with math. Mr. Western has a witty flare that makes the book funny and insightful.