published by David Wees on Tue, 02/01/2011 - 07:12
Algebra is just mumbo jumbo to most people. Seriously.
If you asked 100 high school graduates to explain how algebra works, and why it works, I'd guess that 99% of them couldn't, not in sufficient detail to show that they really deeply understand it. Remember that I am talking about high school graduates, so these people have almost certainly had many years of algebra and algebraic concepts taught to them. Most of these people will only be able to give you some of the rules of algebra at best, and some of them don't even remember that much.
published by David Wees on Mon, 01/31/2011 - 15:27
My wife and son went to Cathedral grove today. It's one of the only first growth forests left in BC, and it is amazing. The trees here are spectacular! What I realized when I saw the photos my wife sent me, you cannot understand nature without standing in (literally) her most majestic works.
published by David Wees on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 08:40
So today I returned a laptop that a student had forgotten at school to a student during our homeroom. Two of his friends were standing nearby and expressed their shock that he would be so careless with his laptop.
Student 1: "How could you be so careless with your laptop? It's a crucial part of our learning!"
Student 2: "It's our main tool for school!"
The students obviously recognize the value of the laptops for their education. Why don't more educators?
published by David Wees on Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:34
I had an idea tonight for a project that would be cool if we could implement it. The basic idea is, we submit complete information about a bunch of schools which are known to work, and then we break those schools down into their component pieces, such as assessment policy or their science curriculum. We then provide an interface so that people can remix these schools.
published by David Wees on Thu, 01/27/2011 - 07:04
I've been reading about people trying to implement a paperless classroom, and it occurred to me that there are plenty of things you can do to implement this type of classroom, without using a lot of technology. You don't need a 1 to 1 laptop program at your school to make it a (nearly) paperless classroom.
First buy some whiteboard material from your local carpentry supply store. Cut it up and make pieces about this big.
published by David Wees on Tue, 01/25/2011 - 22:51
I tell a lot of stories when I teach, but not generally stories about my life or past stories of students. I use story-telling as a vehicle for explaining concepts that are difficult to understand when abstracted in symbols.
published by David Wees on Tue, 01/25/2011 - 14:48
So I was responding to comment on this blog about student retention, and the person used the word "level" and it made me think of "leveling up" which is this process by which your fantasy character becomes more powerful as a result of the experience they gained. This video below describes the process of leveling up in World of Warcraft (an online fantasy role-playing game).