## Beyond The Textbook: Lessons Learned From Two Years As A Mathematics Specialist

### Abstract

"The job of the Mathematics Specialist is a rewarding one. For every teacher, the moment when a struggling student's face lights up and he says, "Oh, I get it!" makes the hard work of getting him to that point worth all the effort. The Mathematics Specialist gets the same reward when a teacher says, "When I was in school, I could do the math, but I never understood why. Now it makes so much sense. I can't wait to share this with my class." If we can be the agent of change for teachers, encouraging them to broaden and deepen their thinking about mathematics, we will have given them and their students the best possible gift."