## The Khan Academy Experience, continued

April 28, 2014

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I’m evaluated “OERs” — open educational resources — at oercommons.org.   It’s a pretty awesome site and idea — share good sites, and evaluate them and share the knowledge. I found a pretty nifty lesson on area and perimeter, and was pretty happy at how Sal Khan presented area with color pictures with tiles that […]

## Focus! FOcus!

April 26, 2014

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(yea, one of those F words…) It’s closing in on the end of the semester… it’s Saturday but no bicycle ride because it’s Illinois Marathon day. I didn’t go out and holler at runners, even (the route’s a few blocks away).    My attempt at an app… well, I abandoned hope of getting anything to […]

## Challenges

April 21, 2014

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So, after doing the conceptual framework building of recursions… today we went over the text example that is essentially a template for our lab.  (edit in hindsight:  this was posted days after I typed it.  We had class on Thursday, not Easter Sunday ;)) Had he mentioned this, I would have spent considerably less time […]

## Memorizing Before Understanding

April 15, 2014

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This recursion thing has been a great example of when a person does *not* have to understand a procedure before practicing it and drilling in it.   Dear person defending your approach to teaching:   if you tell me that students can’t really learn by memorizing first, then you’ve just flushed your credibility down the […]

## 86 again~

April 11, 2014

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I’ll see at two when answers get posted which ones I missed… will they be the ones I wasn’t sure of?  Yes, I was thinking of recursiveness on the ride home, too 😉   More, though, of the niftiness of a teacher working to make challenging content accessible; not easier in the long run, but […]

## More o’ that concept stuff…

April 10, 2014

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So today’s topic was “recursion” — and he walked us through really.  simple.   examples.   of it.    I stumbled over recursion in my JavaScript class, when I wanted to display exponents and was googling for tips for putting that in, in animated form.   I’m curious as to how challenging my uniquely wired […]

## Random nonsense

April 7, 2014

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Just another example of “real world” word problems that have nothing to do with the real world, and are actually and obviously convoluted wrappings of algebra in words.    I fully understand the value of making the connection between linear equations and real world situations.  However, this one leaves students cold and nauseous. Been too […]

## build, build, build

April 4, 2014

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When I’m working away at a program, I tend to talk to it. With my fingers.   I try to remember to clear ’em out… but at the bottom of Lab 8 was // build build build, a note reminding myself to be constructive *especially* when I was frustrated…  grateful it was one of my […]

## Proper Struggle Preparation

April 4, 2014

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Yesterday’s lecture in Java II was, I think, an excellent example of When It Would Be Wrong To Make People Struggle (and he didn’t).   We’re learning about exceptions, a.k.a. errors in programs.   Essentially, this is a fairly complex set of ideas that, if put together nicely, hang together well.   If not, things […]

## progress

April 2, 2014

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I hadn’t planned it, but my four submissions for the phase three of the apps project are the stuff that makes teachers happy, to wit: It occurred to me riding home that since this sequence of courses is online, a cohort of people from *anywhere* could sign up with the plan of getting the skills through […]