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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 […]

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 […]

“not enough votes”

January 9, 2017


When somebody’s “idea” for a “feature” in Canvas doesn’t get enough votes, it gets shelved. A person cuts and pastes a form message about it saying how cool you are for participating. I’m thinking there’s a rather natural filtering so that those who stay in the Canvas community are those with a really high tolerance for […]

LOL Canvas

December 16, 2016


The whole “change submit button” topic speaks volumes at several levels about reading and critical thinking.   First, the idea phrased by some that students just need to click around or wait to be told what to do is actively discouraging independent critical thinking.  Second, many of the repliers haven’t read critically — they see […]

Canvas and Khan

December 14, 2016


Somebody put into the “idea” section of the Canvas Community that the “Submit Assignment” button should be changed to “Begin Assignment,” because students got confused — because they thought that “submit” meant you were going to turn it in. The replies included lots of people saying “Amen!” and then somebody saying “well, my students weren’t […]