Monthly Archives: May 2012

When Not to Help a Student with Their Homework

I was working in the math tutoring center and a student in a math ed class wanted help with creating a magic square given the center element and eight other numbers some of them negative. The peer tutor and I … Continue reading

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It’s True. There’s a Proof. Here’s Why.

I was reading through Topology Now! by Robert Messer and Philip Straffin, a really good book with a unique expository structure which I have read twice, when I came across a proof that there exists “a real number whose square is … Continue reading

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The Urge to Sharpen a Pencil

A few moments ago I happened to notice a small pencil sharpener, the kind with a steel blade set at angle, in my tray of miscellany.  I was struck by an urge to sharpen a wooden pencil.  I wanted to feel … Continue reading

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Vocational Education

Joe Klein has an article in Time magazine (May 14, 2012) entitled “Learning that Works”  on vocational education.  The most arresting information: Students in these programs do better on state comprehensive tests, graduate from high school at a higher rate … Continue reading

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