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Break over!

June 19, 2017


(When I was a lifeguard at little apartment pools, we called the “adult swims” what they really were — breaks for the kids to get out of the water.   We didn’t call them religiously on the hour — and the kiddos usually figured out that they’d get called if they started getting cranky with […]


April 28, 2017


Need to get away from twitter which has a mess of stuff from another open education summit.  Sour grapes. I did the next two (now down to 16 lessons) ALEKS lessons … the figuring out angles and sides of a triangle with laws of cosines and sines.    Talk about exercises in precise attention to […]

Data manipulation

April 13, 2017


Seems my “Mathia X Review” post has replaced my “forgot the magic pen” post as the one that keeps attracting traffic.  It was intentional – I tagged it — while the “magic pen” gets people looking for how to make a square root sign on the computer 😉 I also decided *not* to take the […]

Endorphin-induced thoughts…

March 3, 2017


29 degrees and not much wind at all … and I got out a little early.   I could hear talk and laughter from one early-party group this “Unofficial Saint Patrick’s Day.” Imagining having funding. Imagining organizing (!yes, I think crazy thoughts on bike rides) the Urbana-Champaign node of OER innovations.  The technology and its […]

Mebbe small vic’try subtracting fractions borrowing?

February 21, 2017


ALEKS  problem:   subtracting with common denominator with renaming.   Student:   no idea.   (Also non-native speaker so might have ideas w/0 language to express that I’d understand.)   ALEKS’ explanation involved renaming 4 2/9 as 3 + 1 + 2/9 = 3 + 9/9 + 2/9 and … since it’s all just stuck […]

Rant # 2 short

September 6, 2016


So the student has finished the ALEKS lessons but says she will need to YouTube all week to try to figure out what they mean.   I say, “but there’s a ‘review’ option!” … only to discover that yea, you can get a review option but you cannot ask for an explanation.  You have to […]

Just call it active learning!

March 1, 2016


I was cruising ALEKS info and tripped over this gem of a paragraph: Explanations in ALEKS are different from what you will find in most textbooks, because they are always the step-by-step solutions of particular problems. They are designed for use when you are working on a particular problem and get stuck, or make a […]