Marilyn Burns’ podcast

October 20, 2021

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Marilyn Burns’ Podcast is moderately awesome.Lots of chatting about how they got where they are She says: “  The other thing is, I know, years ago I developed this assessment of asking questions for the Gates Foundation and itโ€™s no longer available. It was free and it was a great project, but it really helped […]

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Let’s make the space!

October 15, 2021

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Had several “yup, I’m me” moments yesterday. I copied 10 handy “here are 8 bell curves for you to write down means and standard deviations and figure it out,” explaining to Jane in her office next to copier that I was SICK UP AND FED with not knowing where I put them so I WAS […]

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Messages

October 9, 2021

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More meetings including a “developmental education council” meeting that is being revived. Main agenda was going through the things we used to do in D120 — leaving out the “building community” part…. the folks in advising noted students coming to make schedules … hadn’t done things like get transcripts sent or taken the assessment. The […]

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messages

October 7, 2021

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… so just objectively speaking, when you ask to have the same setup with a simple scanner available because that has been really useful for students for x, y, and z… and the response is a litany of what their fancy scanner’s sales rep said were reasons why that was good for everybody, so…nope. Of […]

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October!

October 2, 2021

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And yes, a Saturday without a bike ride, which lends itself to blogging. (It was raining.) Much, much to ponder about this week because I feel like the changes happening are rife with good and bad opportunities. Next week we’ll revive the Developmental Education Group. In the past I watched and sometimes spoke up in […]

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N + 1 “just practice for the test!”

September 30, 2021

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They couch these things in marvelous terms: get past assessment and do preparation !! MOVING BEYOND PLACEMENT TO PREPARATION: EDREADY TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS “Students work through practice tests, examples, and videos to increase their knowledge base. When ready, they have the option to complete unit and topic tests to assess their new knowledge. Students […]

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Oh.

September 30, 2021

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Let’s see. How can I post this “sensibly.” Yesterday there was a faculty forum. Seems our person in charge was asked how things were and a very rosy picture was painted that was simply not valid. (I missed that part. I didn’t miss some of the other remarkable except I’m not going to make the […]

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Stupid stuff to defeat learning concepts

September 29, 2021

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So students are practicing labeling bell curves with means and standard deviations. All the curves look exactly the same. THe students just change what they put on the little line. Come on, people now. I know, it’s HARD!!!! not to use *exactly the same graphic for everything. Guess what? Students don’t nreally grasp what SD […]

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(when did I learn that?)

September 24, 2021

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When I was doin’ the student thing, I had to learn from failures. In eleventh grade, I learned I couldn’t just remember all the ions and their charges by paying attention in class. I had to … read them, repeat them, do that weird thing other people had to do called “studying.” I learned that […]

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another article not about math

September 19, 2021

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… except it might be. Preston Cooper, a “visiting fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity,” has penned an article: Why Free Community College Solves the Wrong Problem. I wondered what it would be about ๐Ÿ˜‰ Okay, he starts by implying that community college is so cheap that nobody really has to pay […]

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