## Sweetness of the day

August 30, 2013

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Of course it’s nice to be told “I love you!” when I helped the MySpanishLab student figure out that the computer thought the right answer was invierno, so “el invierno” would be ‘incorrect.’    I’m working on my subtraction video and bringing in the big idea that for adding and subtracting, “it’s same to same.” […]

## takeaway from yesterday

August 29, 2013

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No conclusions, but evidence making me consider:   OMGGG (Oh, my goodness gracious gosh ;))  these students want to succeed, and these ladies *weren’t* just trying to get the problems done; they were trying to understand.   Two:   Yes, I *need* to figure out how to make the practice.   (Well, that’s a conclusion. […]

## Preliminary Validation

August 28, 2013

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Three students came down from our new version of “Transitions,” a.k.a. pre-pre-algebra, wherein it’s all about the concepts.  No time for a blow-by-blow, but… they were *reveling* in understanding what to do next and why, and there was testimony about having been able to get answers in math, but not being able to show the […]

## Finding Wholes!

August 28, 2013

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IT’s up 🙂 The next teeny little installment… http://www.resourceroom.net/mec/index.html   has the link under “finding wholes.”  It’s still pretty rough and only a little visual — but I realized I had to do the Deadline Thing. Hope to have “finding parts” up Thursday.  It also hurts not to have time to get the interactive lessons going.  The […]

## Not everybody’s a visual learner

August 27, 2013

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My first clue was that in trying to explain why subtracting a negative ended up giving  a bigger answer, I drew the number line to show the difference between 2 and -7.   Now, it wasn’t a very good drawing; but good enough so that my construction majors generally do the grand aha!   No, […]

## Flipped

August 24, 2013

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Flipping the idea of the previous post — the marvels of visualization, made easy by technology — is the nasty little fact that I’ve worked with 3 students this week whose formidable and primary barrier to understanding the content is… the technology.   One is in the new “project based” pre-algebra … but underpinning all […]

## Visualization

August 24, 2013

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… overheard in the mailroom,  where student tutors were talking … that Omar (in charge of peer tutoring) had made the computer make a visual representation of equations.. .and now, the student sees the equation and the visualization happens.      I’m guessing it’s Mathematica … but yea, that’s what I want to make possible […]

## rounding conceptually

August 21, 2013

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Student rounded 26,482 to 27,000…. she *did* get things like 29,566 wentto 30,000… Instead of doing the “here’s the rule, look at the next number” thing, I read the whole rest of the number (with writing and underlining and pointing)… focusing on the idea that I needed to know if I was halfway there, and […]

## Day 1, 13-14 academic year.

August 19, 2013

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Okay, I forgot to go upstairs to meet teh 3:00 class. Hoping to set up some kind of “alert” on my desk for things like that. Will try post-it notes. Java class started. I had [need word for anticipated in such a way so as not to be disappointed] braced myself for it being less […]

## Are we almost there?

August 19, 2013

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… or… ack, have we started the journey?   http://www.resourceroom.net/mec/  is out there.   Java class starts tomorrow. Sleep happens soon 🙂