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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 […]

It’s about the strategies and stuff.

September 25, 2015

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Today I had three folks in here working on pretty much exactly the same ALEKS problems with fractions.   One of ’em has figured out that … she needs to understand the stuff to do well, and that’s going to take extra work.  She came in with the typical proclamation that the teacher had gone […]

INspiration and … developmental math

September 6, 2015

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Friday afternoon, holiday weekend and yes, attendance was down.   I still had hte pleasure of eavesdropping on a young man going over the homework and asking questions, asking more questions about the basic math that he doesn’t know yet.  Yes, it is worth teaching these folks — not to be confused with pretending that […]