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First day!!

August 19, 2019

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Mirabile dictu, I have student workers and managed to get my “first half fours” video made and up. It’s about how to figure out 4 x a number, you double it twice. I decided I’d stick to pictures on this one and on the “bigger ones and how to double anything,” show how x 2 […]

New Stuff.

April 24, 2019

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In order to keep from double dipping (working both jobs at once), when there are people here so I can’t just “take personal leave” to work on the side hustle, I play around with visuals that are inspired by it.   To wit:   making an image to use to do long division so that it’s easier […]

Thoughts on Big Ideas and Supports

March 21, 2019

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So I’m working w/ lessons for Illustrative Mathematics.    I’m going to try to brainstorm for myself…. what are some of the number sense obstacles that are *not* “quick-fixable” but which could, if I put them in a mess of times…. be eroded. I’m inspired by the students who have been coming in this Spring […]

tricks and memorization and automaticity

March 19, 2019

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I work w/ lots and lots of people who haven’t learned stuff like times tables. It’s a whole lot like decoding in reading.   If you’re not teaching decoding, then … if decoding is a cognitive load, take the load away.   Find another delivery system. However!   It’s worth learning to decode!  It’s worth learning to read. […]

Extra Effort…

October 3, 2018

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Yesterday I got out of the building *just* after six (when my workday ends Tuesdays), b/c the fire alarm was insisting we depart.   Guiding a student to the bus stop (finding it from the closest exit a challenge) I met w/ a math instructor wondering how to best handle students who were overwhelmed by fractions […]

Thread 6, drum roll please…

September 20, 2018

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  Part 1   Part 2   Part 3    Part 4    Part 5 From Curry D. Where to Focus so Students Become College and Career Ready. Journal Of Research & Practice For Adult Literacy, Secondary & Basic Education [serial online]. Spring2017 2017;6(1):62. The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) asked: What does it […]

Thread 3

September 18, 2018

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Part 1         Part 2           Part 3   Part 4   Part 5   Part 6 So:   what is the current state of developmental education?   According to Hunter Boylan: “If the only thing that you are offering your students is a course in pre-algebra, then it is probably a remedial course. If […]