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January 31, 2020


Yea, breathing room has not happened this week but yea verily TODAY I got a few times tables rough rough drafts up, e.g. but it’s 5:07 and … I’m going to roll.

Opportunity rings

January 25, 2020


It’s been really busy in the ‘academic development lab’ — yes, so busy that students show up, turn around and leave because it’s too crowded and they know they won’t get the help they need. No, I am not going to switch over to appointments (though I should consider maybe for N hours/week — but […]

Literature summary

January 21, 2020


In summer 2018 I had a slow week and I dug out stuff on developmental math and the “reform” movement.   Seemed this winter break was a good time to sweep back to it… one tangent article and webinar were about reforming *high school* with a pithy metaphor:   we should be making mathematics “a pump, not […]

Developmental math N+1

January 21, 2020


This one is in Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges… ACCELERATING STUDENT SUCCESS THE CASE FOR COREQUISITE INSTRUCTION by NEKISHA BURGESS-PALM, SANDRA DAVIS, AMANDA DECKER, HEATHER DIRITTO, SHANA DIX, MAGGIE EMBLOM-CALLAHAN, CAMISHA PARKER, & ERIC STYLES It’s currently online here (click to download; says there have been 91…) Early in it notes the […]

Articles N + 1, N+2, N+3

January 17, 2020


Reading on the bus: Multiplication is for white people because I left the article about Florida on my desk. Descriptions of middle and high school classrooms where students are coloring…. makes me want to GET OUT THERE and shake things. (THe “Crayola Curriculum…” I suppose word searches are a full step ahead of this in […]

Riding inspiration

January 8, 2020


Students sometimes say “I was taking the test and I thought of what you would say” (or sometimes “I remember you yelling at me, ‘THINK!'” the one time…) … or they’ve said “could we bring you with us… a cardboard you?” okay, anxiety is a real thing. What if students *could* bring some kind of […]

N + 1 article – but different

January 7, 2020


I get to eat some words 🙂 Alexandra Logue tweeted that hey, there was lots of evidence that supporting students in college level math *worked* with a link to a study: “Should Students Assessed as Needing Remedial Mathematics Take College-Level Quantitative Courses Instead? A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Erm. Yes. I was skeptical. And when I […]

N + 1 – arithmetic remediation in college article

January 4, 2020


So! Fascinating article here from New York City College of Technology: A Modularized Tablet-Based Approach to Preparation for Remedial Mathematics . First off, up front, they state that lots of people need to learn arithmetic before they can take remedial math, rather than exclude them. The intro is the usual “things are really bad!!” stuff, […]

Thread + 1, dev math “successes”

January 3, 2020


Reading about Salt Lake Community College winning an award   for their Quantitative  Literacy Pathways. The proportion of students retained into a higher math course the following semester was markedly higher for the new gateway course (.44 in Fall 2016) than for Intermediate Algebra – the previous gateway course (.33 in Fall 2015 and .3 in Fall […]