## New concept helper

March 7, 2023

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One of ’em wasn’t new: they were given a number line with 3.4 and 3.5 on it, and ten hatchmarks between anda dot on one of ’em; they’re task: what is that number? Nope, explaining Just Didn’t Work. ALEKS would have them put a zero at the end so it would be 3.40 and then […]

## Visual organizing

November 5, 2021

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My plan is, in my spare time of which I have none, is to make another “name it frame it” movie about taking math procedures and making them less intimidating by organizing them visually. Yes, we have to make sure we don’t toss out comprehension, but these are pretty *perfect* examples of scenarios where if […]

## Un-universal design for learning

June 28, 2021

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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 […]

## Hmmm.

November 14, 2018

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Last week a student came in to prep for assessment.   I was ‘snatching myself bald-headed’ saying, “no, finish the assessment.  If you don’t know it, *then* you’ll get to practice it.”  No, the student really really really wanted to get things right based on fragments of misremembered procedures… I was bemoaning that procedural background (not […]

## We’re rolling…

September 1, 2017

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Friday, end of “week two.”   Labor Day holiday Monday. Yes, people post online and say “I’m teaching ___ for the first time this year — anybody have a curriculum?” Would I want to be in that class?   (Would I want to teach in that school?) It’s not raining in Houston… 50 inches, folks… […]

June 28, 2017

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The BEarded Math Man is posting some videos and … oh, Sal Khan’s got nothin’ on him : )   “Binomial reproduction” is one approach to factoring, with the analogy to “who’s the father?”  to figure out “where did this come from?”   If I were an adolescent I’d be luvvin’ it.   (Now, it […]

## 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 […]