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YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO DO WELL IN MATHEMATICS!

BE WILLING TO START-OVER At INTRODUCTORY ALGEBRA-You can learn it better.

You can try a somewhat fast track toward Calculus using a path of Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, then into Calculus 1, IF your school allows you this way. The longer track for getting to Calculus 1 is Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, then into Calculus 1. Just realize that the only College-Level courses below Calculus 1 are Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus.

There is another alternative which you might be able to use. If you can be very strong in Algebra 1 and College Preparatory Geometry, you might be able to take a set of CSET's for the "Foundation Level Mathematics Courses" and get into a single subject credential program for teaching the foundation level mathematics courses. But you still need at least an undergraduate degree in something-anything.

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Well that list should include "College Algebra" also. The course called "Pre-Calculus" is a combination of College Algebra and Trigonometry.Just realize that the only College-Level courses below Calculus 1 are Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus.

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Anyhow, it's silly to think it's too late or one's not good enough to become this and that and whatever. You could be forced to start at the most basic math courses your university offers and it wouldn't matter. At the worst, you take an extra year. As per the actual abilities, its so easy for people to make up excuses as to why they can't do something. I've seen people quit majors because "it's too hard" and it wasn't that it's too hard, it's that they didn't put enough effort into it. With enough effort, you can become a math teacher. Who knows, maybe you'll hit your stride and find it all easy.

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Thank you I appreciate that. I will go talk to my counselor if I can do that path.

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Thank you very inspiring words. What you can do now with writing tools in the forum.:rofl:

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My wife teaches high school math, and when she was interviewing for a job, no one *ever* asked about her a single question about mathematics...

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Thats reassuring thanks i guess i dont have to worry now

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If you're going into teaching because you love the subject matter, you're setting yourself up for frustration and disappointment. Become a teacher because you love children, not for any other reason. Every day, you'll interact with over a hundred kids, and on some days not one of whom will have any interest in what you're offering. That will make for some pretty long days if you took the gig because you were expecting others to love Math as much as you.

And as others have pointed out, command of the subject matter is not nearly as important as other skills, such as classroom management, psychology, and so forth.

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I love kids, but feel a bit silly saying so as you can get accused of being a paedo.

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Only if you are a man. How sadI love kids, but feel a bit silly saying so as you can get accused of being a paedo.

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Hi Isabel 101, welcome to PF.

I don't see any problem with you going back to school and being a math teacher at this stage of your life. You probably are a different person now than you were in high school. Raising two children has probably taught you a lot about responsibility and hard work, which will benefit you in college. If you do find the subject difficult, then know that you found the correct forum community for assistance.

I used to be a mathematics and science teacher and want to share some info that may be of interest to you. First, do you truly understand what a teacher typically does and experiences during a school day? My college painted a vastly different picture than that of my experiences with student teaching placements, and later, my employment. Here is a post where I discuss the positive and negatives of teaching during my experiences (https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=2098670&postcount=9) and here is another good thread that exhaustively discusses mathematics education in general with an emphasis on calculus education in college (https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=43078). With 1 out 2 teachers in the U.S. leaving the field before five years, it's good to know what your getting yourself into before your final semester of student teaching. With your current life situation, you may find yourself stuck in a profession you don't like. Second, it can be argued that many mathematics teachers do not know how to teach their content. Your college education will likely teach you the content, but little in the way of communicating the knowledge effectively to students. It's up to you to go the extra step, and there are many educational research journals devoted to the subject.

I don't see any problem with you going back to school and being a math teacher at this stage of your life. You probably are a different person now than you were in high school. Raising two children has probably taught you a lot about responsibility and hard work, which will benefit you in college. If you do find the subject difficult, then know that you found the correct forum community for assistance.

I used to be a mathematics and science teacher and want to share some info that may be of interest to you. First, do you truly understand what a teacher typically does and experiences during a school day? My college painted a vastly different picture than that of my experiences with student teaching placements, and later, my employment. Here is a post where I discuss the positive and negatives of teaching during my experiences (https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=2098670&postcount=9) and here is another good thread that exhaustively discusses mathematics education in general with an emphasis on calculus education in college (https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=43078). With 1 out 2 teachers in the U.S. leaving the field before five years, it's good to know what your getting yourself into before your final semester of student teaching. With your current life situation, you may find yourself stuck in a profession you don't like. Second, it can be argued that many mathematics teachers do not know how to teach their content. Your college education will likely teach you the content, but little in the way of communicating the knowledge effectively to students. It's up to you to go the extra step, and there are many educational research journals devoted to the subject.

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I believe stress is the main reason why teachers quit in the UK. And this is my main concern as I have suffered from anxiety/depression in the past - but currently I am fine after being on medication for several years.

I reckon you can only find out if you can do it by standing up and jumping in at the deep end and doing it. I'm still undecided.

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Very well put..thank you Bufford Boy.

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