Teachers Helped to Mine Vocational Classes For Math
Gains linked to tapping lessons inherent in many occupational courses.
Jeff Linko began his career in an auto dealership, as a mechanic for DaimlerChrysler. Life under the hood suited him. He specialized in transmissions, though he could also repair brakes, steering, air conditioning systems—pretty much anything—with confidence and joy.
A few years later, he began a career in teaching, hoping to foster that passion among high school students in auto-technology classes. Over time, though, he realized that his gifts as a mechanic masked his shortcomings in another area crucial to his teaching: mathematics.
“When I got to math, I would feel very, very vulnerable. I couldn’t make the connections,” Mr. Linko said. “I thought, it’s about time I...
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