Monthly Archives: February 2008

Saucy Calculator Use

I thought I had heard it all. I don’t know why I keep thinking this. I don’t know why I’m still surprised. Student: Mrs. B, my calculator doesn’t work. Me: Okay. Student: The taco sauce shorted out my batteries. Me: … Continue reading

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Deviating from the Plan

On Wednesday last week we learned the mechanics of standard deviation. We worked with small data sets. I listed the steps on the board. The same steps were listed in their book. With an example. We practiced in class. They … Continue reading

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I am a creature of habit. I like my routines. I like silence. I need silence. I drive to and from work in silence. I arrive at school much earlier than I have to – simply so I can be … Continue reading

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There once was a man from…

Yeah, I’m not gonna finish that one. However there is a new database of limericks courtesy of Randall Munroe of xkcd. My trusty student aide perused the database and found a bunch of the mathy-sciency ones. If you don’t feel … Continue reading

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What’s Normal?

We’re about a third of the way in The Pit and the Pendulum unit and I think most of the cherubs are getting a nice understanding the importance of sample size, controlled experiments, and representing data with histograms. After our … Continue reading

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That’s One Option

There are four minutes to go in the period when one of the deans shows up at my door, just to give me a heads-up. I ask for a volunteer to finish the problem we just started. One of the … Continue reading

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