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N + 1 “just practice for the test!”

September 30, 2021

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They couch these things in marvelous terms: get past assessment and do preparation !! MOVING BEYOND PLACEMENT TO PREPARATION: EDREADY TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS “Students work through practice tests, examples, and videos to increase their knowledge base. When ready, they have the option to complete unit and topic tests to assess their new knowledge. Students […]

Oh.

September 30, 2021

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Let’s see. How can I post this “sensibly.” Yesterday there was a faculty forum. Seems our person in charge was asked how things were and a very rosy picture was painted that was simply not valid. (I missed that part. I didn’t miss some of the other remarkable except I’m not going to make the […]

Stupid stuff to defeat learning concepts

September 29, 2021

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So students are practicing labeling bell curves with means and standard deviations. All the curves look exactly the same. THe students just change what they put on the little line. Come on, people now. I know, it’s HARD!!!! not to use *exactly the same graphic for everything. Guess what? Students don’t nreally grasp what SD […]

(when did I learn that?)

September 24, 2021

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When I was doin’ the student thing, I had to learn from failures. In eleventh grade, I learned I couldn’t just remember all the ions and their charges by paying attention in class. I had to … read them, repeat them, do that weird thing other people had to do called “studying.” I learned that […]

another article not about math

September 19, 2021

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… except it might be. Preston Cooper, a “visiting fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity,” has penned an article: Why Free Community College Solves the Wrong Problem. I wondered what it would be about 😉 Okay, he starts by implying that community college is so cheap that nobody really has to pay […]

N + 1 article

September 18, 2021

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Oh, boy oh boy, another article about how we Just Shouldn’t Place Anybody In Developmental Math. “Maximizing Math Throughput of Students Who Did Not Complete Algebra 2 in High School.” Wow, that was the title? There was lots of analysis but if this were an essay, then I’d expect there to be oh, perhaps more […]

Firday!

September 10, 2021

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(I saw that on a sign somewhere yesterday.) So! When I try to do “styles” in Moodle, it gets erased from the source, but I’m going to at least see if I can do a truly inline thing, but talk about tedious 😛 ) Welp, no, I am NOT. I will just link to the […]

6:15

September 6, 2021

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Welp, I really. was. Productive. today, insofar that I *did* put together a whole powerpoint about why to create a math class and ideas for it and what we already did. I need to process exactly what to do with it, because what it would probably do right now is Simply. Overwhelm. but also give […]

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September 6, 2021

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Park, T., Woods, C. S., Hu, S., Bertrand Jones, T., & Tandberg, D. (2018). What Happens to Underprepared First-Time-in-College Students When Developmental Education is Optional? The Case of Developmental Math and Intermediate Algebra in the First Semester. Journal of Higher Education, 89(3), 318–340. https://doi.org/10.1080/00221546.2017.1390970 Okay, this is going to be a very brief skim. I already read […]

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September 6, 2021

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So! Fyfe, E. R., Matthews, P. G., & Amsel, E. (2020). College developmental math students’ knowledge of the equal sign. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 104(1), 65–85. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10649-020-09947-2 (I’m “at the library” online and signed in, so these are probably limited access. To the best of my knowledge, anybody can get an account to get this access at […]