What if you had a teaching assistant?

I know how demanding teaching is, and I know that you need a break. Would you like a teaching assistant? I’m moving away from full-time teaching, but I’ll still miss it (except for the grading on the weekends). I always enjoyed creating educational artifacts, such as tables, graphs, diagrams, animations, and simulations. I’d like to keep these skills current, so I may have something to offer you. I will be your teaching assistant for a small fee ($5?) yet to be decided. I’ll create an educational artifact for you, provide any source files to you, and at a time we agree on, I’ll release the work under an open license so that all teachers can benefit.

The only catch is that I’m doing this for fun. I can’t take every project, so I might start with the ones I think are most interesting. If I can’t get to the project, maybe someone else could. The first thing I probably need to do is set up a website of wishes and wish-granters, but meanwhile, you can just reply to this post. Teachers, would you be interested in something like this? What kinds of educational projects can you envision? Interested bystanders, would you volunteer your skills?

What can I do for you?

Here’s a brief list of my skills.

Subject Matter

  • Physics
  • Mathematics

Diagrams and Tutorials

Need the perfect diagram and can’t find it? I’ll make it better.

  • (Xe)LaTeX (PDF/PNG)
  • PGF/TikZ (PDF/PNG)
  • Asymptote (PDF/PNG)
  • D3.js (HTML)


Need a small interactive website, simulation, or program?

  • HTML/CSS/JavaScript
  • Node.js
  • Meteor
  • Python
  • GlowScript
  • Haskell
  • Ruby
  • C++
  • GeoGebra
  • Easy Java/JavaScript Simulations
  • PhET simulations (HTML5 sims modified to support inquiry)

Data Science

Need to analyze that concept inventory or unit test? Scrub the student information (replaced with teacher-chosen student IDs), and I can find the story that your data whispers.

  • R
  • Pandas
  • Julia
  • Excel (Ugh!)
  • Google Sheets

Something else?

I have other skills too, probably. Just ask. I would love to hear from you.


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