# Have new magic pen!

Posted on July 9, 2013

My new (working 🙂 Livescribe pen *had* arrived on the porch.   It took a little time to do the registration and set up and what have you. This meant looking at old stuff — and my notes from my animation class, since all that stuff was in the same general place. This non-visual person needs to read all those notes again … yes, I think the math lessons should have the same kind of “pacing” as a good movie or any story or drama.

TOday’s discussion was how to do our intro to  1/2 for our “transitions to pre-algebra” course.  A key principle is the Orton-Gillingham one that you Do Not Teach Horribly Confusing Things Next To Each Other.   The underlying concept is “dude!   Don’t cram *more* into *less* time because everybody went so fast before that you’re way behind!”   This is why we are *only* doing Adding integers.  That’s right, NOT subtracting.  They teach that in Pre-Algebra.   If you go into Pre-A.  knowing that a negative plus a negative is… MORE negative… we might just have a chance 🙂   It is *exactly* where things break down and blow up…. tossing in “the opposite of adding the opposite of the opposite.”  Huh?

Ratios have fewer connections to Regular, Everyday Life.   Fractions are also more directly connected to that “what are the parts/what are the wholes” idea that’s the theme to the whole course.  So!  That’s where we’re going, with ***lots*** of practice figuring out”what would half of that” be?

Between that I was reading in “What’s Math Got To Do With It” about the importance of reconstructing numbers … because *yes* these are the students who are still counting instead of mushing numbers around to make ’em easier to deal wtih.

But… no, I *didn’t* get to making the practice or the PowerPoints or Magic Pen PDFS for that.  There are Students Here, and a few other minor dramas happening. Tomorrow I will try to make one for explaining how to make that “do the same to each side of the equation” thing less taxing on the symbolic processing stations of the brain, per the “making progress” blogpost.