Thinking about assessments

March 28, 2017

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On the twitter feed is a discussion of the purpose of making students take tests w/o notes.  I respond and then go to help a student who’s just starting the “Review” for Math 060, and reflect that the course is set up rather ridiculously well for teaching students to prepare for “no notes” tests. First & […]

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More small victories

March 28, 2017

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… had an almost identical lead-in with a first time visitor to CAS as I did with my “is it right now?” student… same “project” about running and dieting to lose weight, and … the same confusion as to what to do when figuring out running *and* cutting back on calories. This time, happily… the […]

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Rabbit holes?

March 26, 2017

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My Internet Saturday Morning involved a twitter request for OER for vocational programs for math… without too many answers since its Friday afternoon posting.  I linked to my spare-time-not-quite-fledglings … and hopefully this week I can make an even bigger dent on things, tho’ students will be back and they come first. I didn’t put in […]

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That mobile thing

March 23, 2017

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I got a new phone and sprung for the $99 LG Stylo 2 for $99.   I usually go cheap, but I was thinking that actually, I would like more than the minimum functionality. I still don’t like poking in  more than ten words but I’m going to see about speech recognition. I can totally, […]

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defeat from the jaws of victory

March 22, 2017

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Fifth page of the awesome “how long would it take you to lose 41 pounds?”  project that’s all about calories and exercise with lots of practice. First four pages are perfect and all work shown.   Help wanted page five. Page 2 described 4 scenarios of cutting back on daily calories, asking how many weeks it would […]

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Podcasts R Us

March 22, 2017

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https://www.insidehighered.com/audio/2017/03/22/pulse-app-algebra  is 24 minutes about a guy and an algebra app that he says is the first on the planet like it — you get to drag and drop things to solve algebra equations.  (Start at 18:30 and you can be spared the l-a-b-o-r-i-o-u-s background… )    I share his mystification about the underuse of […]

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Fellow…

March 21, 2017

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Possibilities abound.   EngageNY is looking for “fellows” to help develop their curriculum.  Oh, my, it is full of the vilified “not your parents’ algorithms” terms like “Hide Zero Cards,” which a quick search informs me are manipulatives for reinforcing that, say, 13 is really 10 + 3 — you represent 13 with a ten card […]

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