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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 […]

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 […]

“When I make my own…”

February 6, 2017


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 […]

Commit :)

October 8, 2016


I’m at the part where it’s time to shift from “oh! the potential!” to “LEt’s start making the deliverable.” I’m in Canvas building a quiz question.   ACCESSIBILITY.    Cognitive accessibility:   need that “onboarding” thing per Nir Eyal’s book so the intro is short and … I think optional.   Nobody reads the first […]


June 28, 2016


Decimation is literally losing 1 in 10 people;   if I remember correctly it was a strategy used for discipline in somebody’s army.   The 90% remaining would buck up and behave, in abject fear. Most usages these days involve losing more than 10%, but I’m thinking our current college situation is similar.    […]

Emergent number sense, maybe…

March 30, 2016


Pre-algebra class has a ‘project’ about calories and running and losing weight.   When it works (and it does, often), students get nice practice reading carefully … and busted if they fall into “make it look like the one before,” because the one before said you ran 2 miles a day, and this one says […]

More reading about acceleration

March 22, 2016


The California Acceleration Project: Reforming Developmental Education to Increase Student Completion of College-Level Math and English, to be precise, is the article I just read. It’s by Katie Hern with Myra Snell, and I could only find it via our library database.   Interesting that the three articles that didn’t have a link to full text […]