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Hmmm… timers…

December 12, 2016


I know that I can’t be “focus police” for folks in here, but I’m suspecting that some people could use it (as in, the ones who spontaneously used the Time Timer).   Hmmm.   Maybe I’ll grab a couple of cooking timers (thanks, Howard !  The Time Timer is designed for people who don’t necessarily understand […]


May 12, 2016


So, I figured out how to skip all the parts with Git and GitHub and pushing and pulling and what have you… and I’ve got the “app-release” version “pre-beta” at  … and I told a few people about it. So to download it, you need to tell your device (and I don’t know how recent […]

“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 […]

December 21, 2011


Got a little traffic yesterday from a common-core-mathematics “curator” link at “” Reckon I picked the right tags? Wondering today about whether anybody does individualized assessments of people’s math skills beyond sticking a paper or computer in front of ’em and having them crank out computations or answer word problems (and then making grand assumptions […]

like a back float

October 15, 2011


One of my favorite parts of teaching beginning swimming was teaching the back float. Back floats are really, really scary and one of the things that keeps people from getting to Advanced Beginner. They can do everything but the back float. (Can you see the connection to math yet?) And… if you’re scared, you tense […]

from “the archives”

August 11, 2011


So, I’ve been sorting through old Stuff with a fantasy of organizing ideas, and a reality of at least remembering Previously Structured Thoughts and knowing to go root for them (hooray! we’re rooting!). HEre’s a ditty on flashcards I dug up… Dear Student Having a Debate on The Use Of Flashcards as a Study Tool: […]