Monthly Archives: December 2007


I’m taking some time over break to reflect on my experiences so far in this first year. Technically the semester isn’t over yet (and I still don’t think it’s a good idea to have finals after break) but it seems … Continue reading

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Never Assume

Today in my first period class, I asked a student to interpret another student’s work on the board. She said she couldn’t as it was written in red. She then mentioned that she can’t really see writing on the whiteboard … Continue reading

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The Three Conspirators

Sometimes students find a way to deal with peers who aren’t pulling their own weight. The recent discussion on group work reminded me of a remarkable instance of this happening about two years ago. I was working as a special … Continue reading

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I’ve Never…

I was discussing a unit on logarithms with a friend today and he asked if seeing one of these would help my students’ understanding: I had to admit that as I’ve never used a slide rule, I didn’t have a … Continue reading

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Examining Learning

It is portfolio time again for the freshman. I decided to structure the cover letters a bit differently for this unit. Instead of telling them what concepts to address, I left it open-ended. The instructions were to write a cover … Continue reading

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We Bring it on Ourselves

confusion. , but don’t confuse that with , unless of course you’re trying to show that a function is the inverse. Speaking of which… , but Let’s not even get into onto.

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Creating a Situation

The freshman have been working on solving systems of equations by graphing. This has been done mainly in the context of word problems. They’ve gotten pretty good at finding equations to model the situations and at solving. They seem to … Continue reading

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