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another article or 2

November 30, 2022


Inside Higher Ed so not research, just opinion. “Deficiency Mind-Set Bedevils Developmental Math“ Okay, this person is at least dean of STEM at a technical college. He starts out stating that people have to take too many developmental classes and why are we so fixated on the algebra? Okay, to the real thing: they created […]

N + 1 article: california and it’s a doozy

September 18, 2021


Oh, boy oh boy, another article about how we Just Shouldn’t Place Anybody In Developmental Math. “Maximizing Math Throughput of Students Who Did Not Complete Algebra 2 in High School.” Wow, that was the title? There was lots of analysis but if this were an essay, then I’d expect there to be oh, perhaps more […]

Un-universal design for learning

June 28, 2021


Yea, that’s what I’m having now wiht our “math literacy.” And I know their argument. Hey!!! It’s LIKE THAT IN THE REAL WORLD. My argument is the same: we want them to LEARN this so that they can deal with the confusing aspects in the real world. To wit: ALEKS has a series of problems […]

(just saying)

March 17, 2021


I remembered a while ago that when I was growing up and *in school,* and in major colleges/ universities, I learned to expect poor management and decisions that just didn’t work in real life that everybody in real life would have to figure out how to work around. My home county was laughably incompetent even […]

addressing the harm

December 1, 2020


So, the Nuns on the Bus have a little pre-election video saying that if somebody’s supporting policies we don’t agree with, we should address the harm caused rather than rail and spew vitriol. I”m helping a student withdraw from a course. To withdraw, you have to contact the teacher and send them a form to […]

Rabbit, Rabbit!

August 2, 2020


It’s the first of the month, and #mtbos encourages us to blog and share. Our state and local COVID cases are still awful at almost 1700 *today* for the state. A tweet linked to a twitter account of a professor who got the thing in April and her dying plea last week was for people […]

anticipation II

March 2, 2019


Signed contract received yesterday (dated yesterday).   SO things could really actually get interesting soon 🙂 In the meantime … times tables!   And hte usual Saturday reading. From our Developmental Ed Council meeting, which was about the law being proposed to basically eliminate developmental education and put everybody into college level courses “with support.”   I didn’t […]

Saturday :)

December 15, 2018


Goal for this break:   to figure out a conscious system for working on the assorted projects.   I have been sometimes actually successful at letting others take care of students for an hour or two. Today’s task is to look through our Cobra Math course and plan out a four week version of a “class.” In […]

UDL for math

September 9, 2018


I just finished a four-week course with LINCS (adult ed community):  Universal Design for Learning –math. I’d thought that the biggest best thing is the book on UDL — but  I was only on page 21 of it.   The videos and stories of folks “in the trenches” are informative and inspiring.   I like the design […]

Quality can be objective.

August 21, 2018


Quality matters, peeps. So there’s an exercise taking survey data and filling in a chart w/ percent and number of degrees on the little circle. 3/26 students had some opinion about math.   THis translates into 0.115384615… or 11.5%.   Students are to round to the nearest tenth of a percent, and to the nearest whole degree. […]