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Future students, eureka math

September 23, 2017


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


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


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. […]


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 […]

Ten Frames.

June 22, 2017


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 […]

Sticking to print

May 27, 2017


I got an email saying my tablet was at Makerspace, and when I retrieved it voila!  My hard copy of Lower Ed was in the same bag.   I could read right away 🙂 I was also happy because I *thought* I’d downloaded the Routines for Reasoning there.  Well, no — at least I didn’t […]

remediation article n + 2

February 1, 2017

0 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 […]