My name is Matthew Carlberg. I am currently a pre-service mathematics teacher in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College. I am looking to become a New York City public school teacher in mathematics in September 2011. I am currently student teaching in an Integrated Algebra classroom at International Community High School in the South Bronx. It is a school composed entirely of recent immigrant students, who are all English Language Learners. I am also a proud Math For America fellow, who believes just as strongly in teacher retainment and enhancement as I do in teacher recruitment.
I have been on an end-around journey in becoming a high school math teacher. I am trained as an electrical engineering researcher, receiving a BS from Columbia University in 2007 and receiving an MS from University of California, Berkeley in 2009. I am proud of the work I did as an electrical engineer, especially at UC Berkeley. However, I knew I had to make a major life change when I enjoyed teaching circuits to non-engineers and tutoring remedial Algebra I students at Berkeley High School more than spending time in the laboratory. In 2010, I received a fellowship from Math For America to become a New York City public school teacher. Now, as a student at Bard College, graduating with an MAT degree in June 2011, I have my first year of teaching bearing down on me….
This blog will be a forum where I post anything and everything having to do with learning to be a teacher and becoming a first-year mathematics teacher. I am also testing out wordpress.com as a possible site to host an easily-editable class webpage.