IAmA high school math teacher who hates many aspects of my job...
...though much less this year than last year, when I posted my first AMA. I was really impressed with the questions that I got and had a lot of fun doing it, so now that I'm at the end of another school year I thought I'd do it again.
To recap, I am a math teacher at a public high school in New York. I have students from all walks of life: from very rich to very poor, international/ELL, learning disabled, physically disabled, black, white, hispanic, and asian, often all in the same classroom. I've been teaching now for 6 years, and I have seen the fundamental curriculum and testing style in New York State change twice even in that short amount of time. I've also seen the perception of teachers change, becoming almost hostile at times towards my profession. I often feel that I am not trusted by parents and lawmakers to know what is best for my students, and this makes me frustrated.
So AMA about these points or anything else you're curious about teaching. If you need some homework help, I can try that out as well.