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Alligators to the contrary

June 9, 2017

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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

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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

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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 […]