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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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Dan’s Design Contest.

Dan is running his annual design contest again. It’s being repeated, in part, because of an argument of form vs. function. I’m going to side with Don Norman, and say that In a proper design, both are important. Though, if there is some imperfection, I think that having beautifully laid out information that is incomprehensible […]

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Design

We all know dan has some design chops. I find out yesterday that Mister has some too. I know that in some sense, this is something you get better at by just doing it. However, I can think I did just fine, and then come back 3 months later to review something and realize that […]

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An argument against the real world

I recently joined a joint lesson planning group. The idea is that they either (a) create a new lesson, or (b) take a previously developed lesson, and refine the details, hopefully getting more nuanced as the effort is repeated. The lesson they had yesterday involved analyzing this question: Sandy has saved up $120 from babysitting. […]

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Scientific Notation Intro

End of the semester – quarterly assessments are over, but there’s one topic to teach them left, even though it won’t get onto this semester’s grades. I thought I’d give dan’s advice a try: build the worksheet first. This is what I came up with. It’s a short day – I think after a warmup […]

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Design

So I had an entry in Dan’s Design Contest. Compared to the others, it looks like it was drawn by a preschooler with crayons. And the people who eventually won all had great designs, that actually illuminated what they were trying to say. The thing is, when I look at this non-entry by the inspirer […]

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“Better” followup

Here are some slides from the next day’s lesson – out of context, but that I think tie in well with the previous days lesson.

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Better

So, after the crappy lesson on Friday, I was due for a better one. I’ve taught rates (and the introduction of dimensions & units) for the past 4 years, and it’s always been a slow start. I eventually get the kids going, but there is a good 6-7 minutes of muddling as I try to […]

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