I am about to start my fifth year of teaching high school math and these are some random thoughts related to teaching. This year I’ll be teaching AP Calculus AB, PreCalculus, and a course called College Transitional Math. College Transitional Math is equivalent to Intermediate Algebra with Applications at our local community college. I will also be working on my National Board Certification this year.

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