Dr. Gerald R. Rising, author of Letters to a Young Math Teacher, inducted into New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame
"Teaching school mathematics involves much more than just knowing the subject matter"
October 31, 2014 – Hershey, PA –
Dr. Gerald R. Rising, author of a recently released book, Letters to a Young Math Teacher,
was inducted into the New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame at a September 2014 ceremony in Albany, NY.
In Letters to a Young Math Teacher
published by William R. Parks, www.wrparks.com
, and distributed by Amazon books, www.amazon.com
, Dr. Rising's book summarizes many years of research and experience in the classroom as a leader among math educators nationwide.
As a State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor, Rising is promoting his and co-author Dr. Ray Patenaude innovative ideas about good teaching techniques.
Teaching school mathematics, he points out, clearly involves much more than just knowing the subject matter of mathematics. Dr. Rising asserts that beginning teachers just out of college, are taking on one of the most difficult tasks in today's society and they need all the help we can give them. Letters to a Young Math Teacher
provides them with that kind of practical help and advice for their work with a wide range of students, fellow teachers, school administrators and parents.
Based on their own experiences in a variety of school settings, Rising and Patenaude also share the problems they faced and the solutions they worked out to address those problems.
Dr. Rising's research and writing has positively impacted the world of mathematics education for decades.
Retired from the University at Buffalo, Dr. Rising continues to share his experience with those who teach future generations of mathematics students.
Letters to a Young Math Teacher
is the recipient of many five start reviews on www.amazon.com
Greg A. Baugher, Mercer University, Georgia stated, "An excellent book for beginning math teachers, this work shows considerable insight and understanding of the real world of the schools and the daily issues and problems that new teachers will no doubt confront. It offers balanced and experienced perspective and helpful tips. I recommend this as a useful read for every new math instructor at the secondary level."
Additional Reader reviews:
"This book presents a holistic view of teaching that honors the complex and important work of math teachers. Novice teachers will find the information essential. Veteran teachers will reflect on their work and make some refinements." - Linda Levi, Director of Cognitively Guided Instruction Initiatives, Teachers Development Group and co-author of Children's Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction.
"My first year of teaching was a real struggle and nowadays beginners need all the help they can get. Gerald Rising is a champion at demystifying difficult circumstances by applying eloquent logic in recognizable contexts." - Patti Brosnan, Ohio State University
"As a just-retired math teacher with 35 years of experience, I had to provide myself a great deal of on-the-job training. I wish I had a book like this when, especially as a beginner, I needed it. I just read through the whole book, and I must say kudos on this final product! You have achieved what I had imagined needed to be there, and you did it much better than I ever could have. People are going to find this book useful!" - Cathy G. Schloemer, Indiana Area Senior High School, Indiana, PA
"My first year of teaching was a real struggle and nowadays beginners need all the help they can get. Gerald Rising and Ray Patenaude are champions at demystifying difficult circumstances by applying eloquent logic in recognizable contexts." - Patti Brosnan, Ohio State University
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News article to accompany press release:
One of the most difficult assignments in society!
Gerald Rising, co-author with Ray Patenaude of Letters to a Young Math Teacher
, was inducted into the New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame in September. The honor was in response to his contributions to school math teaching over the past 65 years.
At the induction ceremony, Rising turned his attention to beginning teachers. "What is not recognized today," he said, "is the fact that these beginners are taking on one of the most difficult assignments in our society. While their fellow graduates head for offices or laboratories, they must face over a hundred challenging young men and women. Even a beginning military officer has responsibility for only a dozen or so."
"Ray and I," he went on, "are concerned that, while we give these beginners excellent math, we don't prepare them for the real world of the schools. Our book is dedicated to doing just that."
Letters to a Young Math Teacher
, published by W. R. Parks, addresses the problems these young men and women will face not only with students but with colleagues, administrators and parents as well.
Press photo of book cover: