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Teaching Maths - non specialist

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by DM, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. DM

    DM New commenter

    I expect you would be able to find a maths teaching job somewhere but why don't you ask your timetabler if you can take a maths class next year to build some experience? Incidentally, there will soon be a big demand for people to teach the new computing GCSEs and your background suggests you might be well-suited for this.
  2. Thank you very much for your kind guidance and taking the time to write back to me - I'm very grateful.

    I am drawn to Maths - I got to teach some at KS3 and I really, really enjoyed it. I desperately want to teach Maths but I feel even if I get some experience at my own school I wont be considered for posts as I dont have a Maths qualification.

    Do you agree?
  3. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    many schools around here struggle every year to fill their maths dept with qualified staff or anyone in some cases.
    I would offer within the school, with tightening budgets, teachrs prepared to be flexible and offer more than one subject can really help the deputy in charge of timetabling.
    But do be aware of the different problems of pupil behaviour that you are likely to encounter away form a computer rooom. I have taught ICT, Maths and Biz to GCSE. Motivation is lower (much lower) in some of the sets that the least qualified maths teacher is likely to be given!
  4. Hi,
    My degree is Computer Science, and I only teach Maths, right up to Further Maths A level. I never wanted to teach ICT - too vocational and very little to do with CS IMO. (I am interested in the new Computer Science GCSE if I get chance.)
    With a CS degree you will be well qualified to teach the D1 and D2 A level modules, which are heavily influenced by algorithms. I don't know the content of your degree, but mine had a lot of statistics in it (from AI courses), and I also had to do lots of pure maths in the first two years. Remember all of those lectures on theoretical computer science (computability, language semantics, ...) that went like:
    Theorem, proof, lemma, theorem, proof ...
    They looked very much like maths lectures!
    Explain this to your head of maths and see what they say.

    In summary - if you have a CS degree, you DO have a maths qualification - CS was originally a branch of maths. Look at Turing, Dijkstra, Von Neumonn - all respected mathematicians.

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