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The good connections

March 16, 2017

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Formulae are abstract.   Substitution into a formula can be a meaningless machination.  No longer, for the student who explained what we’d have to do to find the missing length knowing perimeter and side of a rectangle… double the width and subtract it from the perimeter.   Well…. I showed him the substitution process and […]

Endorphin-induced thoughts…

March 3, 2017

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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 […]

Quiet Tuesday

February 7, 2017

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It’s not too busy — I’ve gotten six more “Modumath” lesson skeletons moved into our LMS.   Checked the Lumen Learning job at LinkedIn — no surprises.   The surprise was that I’d gotten around to putting something in my profile, to wit: I’m an “academic development specialist” at Parkland College. I support students in “pre-college […]

“When I make my own…”

February 6, 2017

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I was helping a guy with the Connect lesson where they’re learning about figuring out scaled models.   They like to throw in “real world stuff that twists things” — so they talk about where “3/4” scale actually means 3/4 inches stands for one foot.   It’s a pretty neat exploration. Still, lots of them […]

remediation article n + 2

February 1, 2017

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http://hechingerreport.org/colleges-enroll-students-arent-prepared-higher-education/ This one’s seriously behind the times.   Oh, MY!!!!!   So many unprepared students!!!! (Statistics provided). The wretched part is in the comments which I suspect represent our cultural shift, though I can hope/wish that it’s a reflection of this specific audience.   There’s no questioning the value of an educational system that spews […]

“Help outside class”

January 12, 2017

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On twitter, Michael Pershan noted that it’s taken him 3 years to figure out how to get students help outside class. This made several thoughts gel in my feeble brain, the biggest one being that ‘help outside’ is vastly underrated and a huge equity issue. I think we don’t want students to need help outside […]

pure, applied ingredients: but what’s the recipe?

June 29, 2016

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http://hechingerreport.org/pure-math-better-applied-math/   is the article, which I thought I’d already seen but since its date is two days ago, I guess not 🙂 What’s cooler?   Three minutes w/ our librarian on the “chat” option on the site and I’ve got the original article it’s based on.   Oops, book. 224 pages.  (It was a long […]