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Rainy days and Mondays

July 11, 2017


Go ahead and Google it — one of those “great songs of the sixties” that was really from 1971 🙂 I thought today was massively unproductive — put together 1.7 and 1.8 but I thought they were done last week and… 1.9 is exponents.  As with the multiplication… I felt the concept was too important […]

June 28, 2017


The BEarded Math Man is posting some videos and … oh, Sal Khan’s got nothin’ on him : )   “Binomial reproduction” is one approach to factoring, with the analogy to “who’s the father?”  to figure out “where did this come from?”   If I were an adolescent I’d be luvvin’ it.   (Now, it […]


June 26, 2017


I really do oft reflect happily about our Math courses being taught for understanding, and speculate that I’d find another job if they weren’t. Summer courses… ugh.   Tech math so they’re allowed to use calculators for everything, including algebra problems like z/2 – 2/3 = -1/3z + 1/6 .   No, there’s no context […]

Alligators to the contrary

June 9, 2017


I know, I know, students are fond of the alligator always chomping the greater number. Still, I wanted to feature Casey/Gravity 🙂   It behaved rather oddly — the greater than text layer switched to a mirror image of itself… then the dogs switched… I’ve observed with things visual or mechanical that my first attempts […]

VIsuals! Visuals!

May 26, 2017


Last night I chatted with a friend who’s a graphic designer specializing in educational materials.   She loved programming but … math.   She had said that when she sees a recipe and it calls for 1/3 or 2/3 … what??? I had been explaining to her the visual I need for my lessons:   […]

The good connections

March 16, 2017


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


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 […]