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February 2009

What’s wrong with this picture?

For your kids, if you’re covering quartiles:

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Educrush

As if the rubber band ball distraction or the thoughts on time and becoming an expert weren’t enough, Kate totally cemented my educrush by coining the phrase Fox News math.

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Clueless

I should be able to gauge this, but I have no idea if this is going to be too easy, or too hard, or just right for my geometry class as a warm up tomorrow. It’s not that it’s a bad problem – it’s that I can’t get the level of challenge right. I’m not […]

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IDK

I covered another math class on Friday. The teacher was giving a test. I’ve seen kids write “I don’t know” or “I don’t get this” when they couldn’t answer a problem. Apparently that was too much work for a large number of kids in this class. They had a whole page with IDK filled into […]

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Making them think

My kids are very answer oriented. I can tell them to focus on the process, but as any decent teacher knows, telling isn’t learning. This is probably old news to some of you out there, but I’ve finally found a way to get my Geometry kids to focus on the process more than the answer: […]

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IwinIwinIwinIwin!

My design entry won second place overall. More satisfying to me, I think, though, is that it won sponsor’s honors. We didn’t find out how judging was going to work until the deadline, so I intrentionally designed this to appeal to Dan’s individual taste1. After some of the other professional struggles I’ve had lately, it […]

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Re: Remediation Curricula

Thank you to all the people who provided feedback. I’m sorry I didn’t respond in a timely fashion – I got bit by my own feed problems. A couple of answers – I’m in charge because (a) I’m the department chair, and (b) the principal asked me to. I’m not doing this on my own, […]

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Administrivia

My feed addresses have recently changed. The old ones were supposed to keep forwarding, but they seem to no longer be working. These are the new post and comment feeds – please update them if you’ve lost me.

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