Brain Tired :)

Posted on May 20, 2010

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Usually these three weeks between the end of spring semester and the beginning of “full summer” semester are very quiet.  Yes, a handful of students come down to the lab in those 3-week intensive courses, but it’s a great time to get all kinds of things done … except that I so seldom do, especially in the first week.  Like snow days, it is nearly impossible to get focused, when the “things to get done” tend to be vague (“figure out that spelling software idea”).

Timing is everything; I’d have had 8 students tapping on the window with “just two questions from Math 098” instead of one. Instead, I could “crash” a meeting in Boston via gotomeeting.com and we could all talk about figuring out a couple of key concepts in math that middle school level students need to get, and how to make a tool to help them get it.

I wonder if I could do the same from my netbook, say, on the road…  anyway, my brain is *tired* because I had to listen hard for hours and assmiilate ideas.  The really neat thing was that we had enough in common to figure out a lot of what the others were saying — but we had to work at it, because we came from different places.  Sort of a creativity zone of proximal development.

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