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I to the What Power???

March 12, 2013


A student helped me see a connection to help teaching students how to figure out what i to the big number power is.   The procedural “divide by four, use the remainder, and then choose from these four  memorized  possibilities” is pretty danged taxing on the working memory. The student in question understood about odd […]

oer commons screenshot

March 2, 2013


So, I’m procrastinating.   Vowing to put in eight hours of Making Math Stuff With Flash… … perhaps to put up on the oercommons site.   I guess I’m not supposed to find where I would do that — as this screenshot indicates, finding *anything* is a bit of a challenge.   I shall go […]

“two big problems” with online courses

February 21, 2013

0 First problem:  high attrition.  Second: “courses delivered solely online may be fine for highly skilled, highly motivated people, but they are inappropriate for struggling students who make up a significant portion of college enrollment and who need close contact with instructors to succeed.” “But, so far, the evidence shows that poorly designed courses can […]

Javascript Homework

August 31, 2012


Oy.   I woudln’t want to stop tutoring so I could work on materials because there is *nothing* like having the student’s brain right there figuring things out to remind you what you’re doing and why, but I could use another hour or two in the day…  (the following will be a typical “blogging between students” […]


March 23, 2012


I did my powerpoint for my presentation… narrated it. Okay, I narrated it twice, since the first time through I forgot to plug the headphones in. I then went upstairs to dive into my animation project. Then downstairs to re-record and listen… and know that yea, I really have to do lots of it again… […]

Minor revelation

December 24, 2011


Well, not minor to me 😉 I’ve struggled with why folks who tout “throw away traditional math instruction! We need more problem-solving!” just don’t make me want to stand up and join them. For that matter, the “we need to bring back real teaching and actually have kids learn the tiems tables!” people don’t either. […]

Next two

December 22, 2011


… and it’s 4:30, and I’m done — at least to Pretty Good stage — with adding and subtracting integers, the Big Hard Thing in Chapter ONe. Subtracting positive from negative integers and the real strange one… subtracting negative integers…