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the rules, the rules

July 30, 2014

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Overhearing a discussion of why student can’t get the math.  Friend says, “that’s why you’re not getting it! You have to go in order!”  But… she’s getting some right, then when moves forward, can’t apply.   Then: “Can’t remember all the rules!”       Couple things seem to be happening:   “getting it” is defined […]

How’s Tricks?

July 26, 2014

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Another brief twitterfest on “tricks” and whether we should nix ’em or not. I need to grab the picture of all the procedures for fractions in one place because I think it is a great springboard for duscussion. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Btde3MgCAAAysth.jpg I’m thinking that for some, this would seem to be a *great* “study aid.” Hey, just […]

What community college developmental math students understand…

July 24, 2014

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I was re-reading What Community College Developmental Math Students Understand… (having shared it in the comments about the NY TImes article about why Americans Stink at Math).   I had often shared their list of the “Most difficult” items — questions fewer than 25% of developmental math students got right.        The article goes […]

Your Daily Distraction

July 23, 2014

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… tomorrow I think I shall try to get off line for a chunk of the day and see if the INternet survives without me… and whether I can get more done. http://www.currentzionsville.com/2014/07/22/zionsville-school-board-update/ mentions that the school board there has voted to take ALEKS out of middle school math, with the subheading that it’s “gone […]

Udacity

July 18, 2014

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I’m impressed with the software and the response/customer service. Okay, it doesn’t have a whiteboard so I can’t actually draw out stuff … but that just inspires me to give that Livescribe thing another shot. The forums went down yesterday… I sent them an email after a few hours. The two or three people who […]

udacity, indeed

July 18, 2014

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I’ve been enjoying the “wait time” messages on the Udacity courses… things like “contemplating banana bread recipes” and “reloading the ditto fluid for the mimeograph machine” (I used a hand crank one, did you?) I’m thinking that it’s a “WordPress” thing since now this blog has less original ones happening, and if I paid I […]

Udacity observation

July 16, 2014

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explanations online … there’s huge advantages to being able to write as if one had a whiteboard or blackboard or chalkboard or big ol’ piece of paper. Find of the day from yesterday: www.mathantics.com  *lurv* the visual of perimeter of a circle.    NOW  off to fight the distraction demons and play with Camtasia for my […]