gnawing at the khan academy bone

December 15, 2014

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Okay, Okay, I should dive deeper into D2L — but I watched a mess of videos and it’s 4:00 and Khan Academy came up in several assorted conversations, not initiated by me, today. I was inspired to share the “shipping beats perfection” motto per their employee recruitment, which meant I ended up reading more, including […]

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PUzzles.

December 15, 2014

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I often struggle with puzzles… not this one.  https://twitter.com/davidwees/status/544490638948196352/photo/1 Four digit number :   k  h  t  u   (why those letters? ;)) Product of digits is not 0.   (Fast conclusion:  no digits zero.) tu = h   — very limited possibilities; product still has to be 9 or fewer but… that doesnt’ get […]

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that memory thing

December 13, 2014

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whereas it seems that yesterday’s navigation of self and correct clothes to the concert meant that not all the music made it… and seems flash drive with all the cool stuff is still at work. … also going to “really try this time!” to cut back on timesucks. http://getbuttonedup.com/2010/02/17/tool-free-printable-daily-schedule-form/ This little guy is kinda handy […]

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Tutsplus worked :)

December 12, 2014

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So it’s almost noon and I got the “arithmetic game” from tuts plus to work nicely. It’s got exactly some of the elements I want in my app… next job, translate — but “morning – app, afternoon – cobra/camtasia” is my motto this next week of very-few-students. (Also duly noting that I’m utterly cranky:   […]

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

December 5, 2014

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Practice, eh? Yesterday a non-regular student was working on a paper and was impressed with the way I could make little rephrasing or rewording suggestions.  I informed him that had he not been a good enough writer, I would not have been able to understand his intent. I realize that it would behoove me to […]

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Feedback and points

December 3, 2014

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Observation from math teacher about our packed tutoring area:  when he informs them of resources for studying and review, and makes suggestions for exercises to complete, they don’t come.   When he gives them a 190-point review packet, they do. In gamification terms, the review packet makes the “onboarding” part easier — bam! the paper […]

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Reinforcing Tricks

December 2, 2014

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Students are doing conversions.  Conversions, I am thinking (as of this very second so I may change my mind), are an interesting diagnostic tool.   Some students are all about “what’s the formula???” and are likely to confound and conflate proportions and conversion factors without serious, repeated guidance as to the meaning of the equals […]

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