“just do it”

September 22, 2018

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I coined this phrase in 1986 to get through my procrastination problems in grad school, pre-NIke. I went to Canvas (Instructure’s online course platform that has a “free for teachers” option) thinking — this can be the platform (as well as D2L because that’s what my institution uses).  The wild dream is that people would […]

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Saturday :)

September 22, 2018

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I wonder what a parent would think reading some of the Facebook posts from teachers that read like “first year teacher — no experience, I was a (insert career w/ more advanced) and I have no idea what to teach”   or “I’ve got 15 students, 3 of them destroy the room periodically and we have […]

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Distribute our knowledge

September 20, 2018

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Hints that students see math as a mess of rules: (10 + 5) 3 Many will apply the distributive property that they recently learned. Then, “Oh, no!!! I did it wrong!  We have to do what’s in the parentheses first!” I do try to make the connections but it *almost* makes me wish I were […]

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Thread 6, drum roll please…

September 20, 2018

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  Part 1   Part 2   Part 3    Part 4    Part 5 From Curry D. Where to Focus so Students Become College and Career Ready. Journal Of Research & Practice For Adult Literacy, Secondary & Basic Education [serial online]. Spring2017 2017;6(1):62. The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) asked: What does it […]

Thread 5 : Let’s get to the real problem.

September 20, 2018

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Part 1   Part 2   Part3    Part 4  Part 5   Part 6   This is part 5 of a summary of research and articles about  remedial/developmental math in colleges and adult education. What would I like to see happen?   What would I be willing to invest my time and energy and knowledge in? Remember this? In […]

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Thread 4

September 18, 2018

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Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5   Part 6   So… how can courses be improved?   Some ideas: Saxon D, Martirosyan N. NADE Members Respond: Improving Accelerated Developmental Mathematics Courses. Journal Of Developmental Education [serial online]. Fall2017 2017;41(1):24-27 The top 3 challenges to running “supported accelerated courses” which happen to be really […]

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Thread 3

September 18, 2018

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Part 1         Part 2           Part 3   Part 4   Part 5   Part 6 So:   what is the current state of developmental education?   According to Hunter Boylan: “If the only thing that you are offering your students is a course in pre-algebra, then it is probably a remedial course. If […]