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pinpricks

November 5, 2017

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Geogebra.   “Lists” are a lot like arrays, tho’ the first element is list(1) not zero; zero will get “undefined. No, I still have no idea how to actually SET THE STUPID X AXIS TO THE SIZE I WANT.   I mean, I know how to set it but it changes if I so much as move […]

Unproductive struggle

October 28, 2017

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Call me an idiot but no, I can’t figure out how to actually do jack with Geogebra.   “Make a new worksheet” gets me a lovely front pagey thing where I give it a title… and then… I have to add something. There is utterly insufficient guidance.   Okay, does this mean I don’t want to make […]

Future students, eureka math

September 23, 2017

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A person interested in prepping for the assessment came in… and the “I can’t help my kids do their homework!” comment happened.   “They don’t have a text! HOw are we supposed to help them?”   They would just go on the INternet and “Google the answers, but that’s not very good,” (and yes, usually […]

Open Math resources

August 23, 2017

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I’m part of a project curating Open Educational Resources for adult ed.   NCTM has an awesome site with awesome lessons on it.  Oops, too bad so sad, the terms of use  are totally “ours, ours, ours, do not fold bend or mutilate!”  (Remember those punch cards, elders?)   That approach is why I don’t care […]

Rote what?

August 15, 2017

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Just sayin’  it’s a lot less frustrating cranking out the “turn that equation into MathML and tweak a few things” than it is … figuring out workarounds with the limitations of the Canvas LMS. Because it just. sucks.    The not being able to copy things whacks me down oh, every half hour or so. […]

Contrast

June 26, 2017

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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 […]

Ten Frames.

June 22, 2017

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Hey, I could show the awesome ten frames activity from Illuminations — and the person in question is young enough so that the discreet but devastating declaration that this is a pre-k-2 skill isn’t a factor. Dudes.   Why not have the activity on its own page?   (Answer:   my students are like bicycle […]