Joseph D. Boecker
Curricular Ideas for the New Teacher
The transition from the world of scientific research into the teaching of secondary mathematics brings along my constant desire to grow professionally through discourse with experienced colleagues. My interests lie primarily in considering the whole of the secondary mathematics curriculum as a branching tree. I am particularly interested in learning from other mathematics educators who do such things as integrate real-world problems into the breadth of their curriculum and find ways to engage specific demographics of struggling students. My student membership with NCTM has already provided me many valuable resources. Attending this past year's Annual Conference in Philadelphia gave me a boost of inspiration to feel that I belong as a mathematics teacher. I am now requesting funds to attend the upcoming conference in Denver where the fresh inspiration I receive will have even greater impact as I transition into daily interaction with students.