Because we are a low-performing school, we receive additional support staff including a math specialist. One would hope that a “math coach” (pdf) might, at best, have a degree in math or, at worst, have some classroom and math instruction experience. Our math specialist knows less about math than I do and I teach five year-olds. He presents demonstration lessons and professional development sessions that are nonsensical, inappropriate, and disorganized – when they are not interrupted by his ringing cell phone. The district throws us a tea party but when we show up, we’re told to pour out the tea and eat the cups. It’s hard to keep taking the invitations seriously.
–guestblogger Alice in Eduland