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Watch video excerpts, which demonstrate fun, hands-on ways to teach mathematics.
Is there a need for mathematics teachers?
Mathematics is one of the highest need subject areas in California, and the demand for mathematics teachers has increased because eighth graders are required to take algebra. In order to offer all eighth graders Algebra I, the state needs as many as 1,900 additional middle school algebra teachers (The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, 2008).
What assistance is available to future mathematics teachers?
California's universities and colleges have created academic and financial support programs in order to attract and train future mathematics teachers, including the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Math and Science Teacher Initiative, the California State University's Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI), and the University of California's California Teach.
What do I need to do to teach?
In order to teach mathematics, individuals need to obtain a Foundational-Level Mathematics Credential or a Single Subject Mathematics Credential, while fully credentialed teachers can add a Supplementary or Subject Matter Authorization to their basic teaching credential. A checklist of all the requirements can be found in the “Understand the Requirements” section.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics provides interactive, standards-based examples demonstrating math concepts for pre-K – 12th grade.
National Science Foundation's classroom resource page includes links to math-based games and other teaching resources.
Math for America links to puzzles, games, and other mathematical challenges.
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