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My fraction game…

November 26, 2011

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… okay, I do plan to do something to make a visual representation, but whether for fractions or anything, I was wondering about a “process of elimination” game. The theme would be the common one of invaders coming at you — but instead of clicking the right answer, you blow up the wrong ones, and […]

PARCC here…

November 14, 2011

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PARCC is the “Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.” It’s essentially the latest Big Movement to Fix Education. Here’s a pithy quote about it from Catherine Gewertz at Education Week: In response to another strand of reviewer feedback, PARCC also attempts to offer more specifics to guide creation of math courses at […]

You know that…

November 14, 2011

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I’m checking out “http://www.learnzillion.com/lessons/21” and I jumped into the first multiplication lesson, “Solve multiplication using arrays.” First thing that happens is that I am informed that I *know* that a horizontal line is called a row, and a vertical line is called a column, *and* that I “know” that I can use models to represent […]

Now Socrates is Smiling?!?

November 11, 2011

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So am I. “She told us not to do the ones with the semicircles because she hasn’t talked about it yet…. but… maybe we could just learn it?” (Okay, I could just end right here. No kidding, that’s what she said.) “Okay, why can’t you just do this the same way as the whole circles?” […]

Another reason why it works

November 11, 2011

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I’m at my desk; they’re at the table in the lab, talking about how hard math is for them… and then, how now it’s making more sense. Why? Because the regular teachers teach it and then just move on,but here, we go back over it. Taking notes I am, over here. Yes, it is something […]

Pythagoras smiled :)

November 9, 2011

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Yesterday was the day for figuring out right triangle sides. The fearless instructor wrote “Pythagorean Theorem” on the board. One of the students doing very well drily declared that this was one of those things that teachers always explained, but nobody ever really understood. The teacher said that she wasn’t a betting woman, but she […]

nanowrimo

November 4, 2011

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Here are today’s first 600-odd words. I hadn’t thought about math as being a way to build and enhance learning…. oops, better go down and put this *in* It grieved her sorely, she thought… this guy really, really doesn’t like figuring out the area and perimeter of half a circle. Too taxing on the working […]