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Break over!

June 19, 2017

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(When I was a lifeguard at little apartment pools, we called the “adult swims” what they really were — breaks for the kids to get out of the water.   We didn’t call them religiously on the hour — and the kiddos usually figured out that they’d get called if they started getting cranky with […]

Friday!

April 28, 2017

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Need to get away from twitter which has a mess of stuff from another open education summit.  Sour grapes. I did the next two (now down to 16 lessons) ALEKS lessons … the figuring out angles and sides of a triangle with laws of cosines and sines.    Talk about exercises in precise attention to […]

Data manipulation

April 13, 2017

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Seems my “Mathia X Review” post has replaced my “forgot the magic pen” post as the one that keeps attracting traffic.  It was intentional – I tagged it — while the “magic pen” gets people looking for how to make a square root sign on the computer 😉 I also decided *not* to take the […]

ALEKS

April 11, 2017

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The little pieces of the pie are really motivating … but that also contributes to wanting to find the fastest way to devour them, as in “what’s the short cut.”   I’m thinking that even if there were awesome instructive conceptual presentations, I would be inclined to look for the tricks. (Once again feeling gratitude […]

Expressions

December 1, 2016

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#MTBOS — a twitter followee notes how confusing algebraic expressions are.   Yes, this is something that created cognitive dissonance for me, until I connected that oh, explicitly teaching what symbols means applies to math as well as reading.   Why should f(x) = mean “the function of x” when, applying the *rules* we teach, […]

Rant # 2 short

September 6, 2016

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So the student has finished the ALEKS lessons but says she will need to YouTube all week to try to figure out what they mean.   I say, “but there’s a ‘review’ option!” … only to discover that yea, you can get a review option but you cannot ask for an explanation.  You have to […]

Don’t ask :)

February 10, 2016

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It’s for that class. Okay, to update!   Our “assignment:”  To post about a worst case intervention… we were encouraged not simply to provide barriers to learning but to demonstrate Bad Design.  We were encouraged to include a visual.   I’d just seen somebody extolling the virtues of an “intelligent [computer] tutor” that included saying […]