Wednesday

May 23, 2022

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LOL FOUND it again. It’s 11:21 and I’m comin’ in at 9 ’till summer school starts (then it’s 7:30 but we have Fridays off!!!) and … yea, tryin’ to get traction. Seems Desmos curriculum is being acquired by Amplify. When I looked at Amplify ages ago it was Typical Procedural Ed Tech. I wonder about […]

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focus….

May 17, 2022

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…. welp, I *would* be at the faculty summer institute but I didn’t get a proposal in and … honestly didn’t see any presentations that spoke to me. After all, …. I’m not faculty 😛 When I go out on the bike I remember things to do. At my desk? It’s not there. Well, except […]

“Oh, that looks good!”

April 27, 2022

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Yesterday the math teacher who’s re-vamping our “entry level” math course came by and, mirabile dictu, I was actually working on The How To Do Long Division Lesson. So, I had that gazinta up on the screen. Yes, I had hated the hand-drawn one. Turns out Nikki had hated what she had drawn, too. HOW […]

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reflections on retiring

April 26, 2022

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Well, not really! However, we’re in a situation where my job as currently defined would be deemed (as all the other folks’ jobs in the Center for Academic Success) unnecessary. (Yes, the grant that funded them was for the purpose of institutionalizing these positions but — that grant was applied for by people with different […]

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Speech Recognition Starter

April 21, 2022

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Okay, I am trying to remember all the little fragments that should be on my to do list. There’s a person here that has several score of postits on their wall (on an attractive bulletin board or something) that I may emulate ;P BUT I have gotten a first draft of a “get started with […]

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Reflections on done

April 19, 2022

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Sigh, first reflection is that no, I’m not very good at this. I *know* other people would have gotten lots more engagement by doin’ the nonverbal parts. But, it’s going to be me in the summer, too. SO! I hope to build in a *ton* more “progress monitoring” and feedback, so you sit down and […]

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Connections

April 14, 2022

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I need to practice the clapping part for Turn The World Around 😉 ’cause we’re singing it and I’m the one who’s supposed to be good at that. We aren’t doing this other song called “Connections” that’s a perfect match but that’s ’cause our director has a really good sense of what Too Much is […]

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Spring! Division, place value

April 14, 2022

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On the bus today b/c storms be a-comin’. I had an interesting lesson w/ the Tuesday Teens. Four were there, two were participating, so … yes, I got to be in my comfort zone addressing individuals. Class dynamics — I’m woefully out of practice. We’d introduced “halfiness” from the “Transitions” fractions section. My friend who […]

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spring?

March 29, 2022

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36 degrees today… 23 mph but I *did* get 13 miles in. I’ve been thinking about teaching middle school and how we’d say “the sap is rising” when behavior got interesting. Woudl it be a squirtgun year? This week I should endeavor to learn songs to be ready should that be called for because we […]

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AC method

March 25, 2022

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Today peer tutors near close of day said “help! tomorrow we’re supposed to show the AC method and we don’t know it!” Factoring is a task that — sorry, anti-memorization folks — goes so much better if you know your times tables. It is also something that easily waxes entirely procedural. Sorry, curriculum writers, forcing […]

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