Monthly Archives: September 2012

Seeing, Hearing, Introverts in the Classroom

By teaching as I do with my tablet notes displayed on a screen behind me, I can continuously monitor my students’ expressions.  So as soon as I see a frown, I might ask, “Are you getting this?” One time years … Continue reading

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Can’t Sleep – Try Mental Math

One night recently I woke up and could not go to sleep again.  I decided to distract my brain with some mental math and try to trick myself into going back to sleep.  The calculation came naturally to mind since … Continue reading

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Death of a Teacher

I became a Zinn acolyte my first term here at SOU.  A few weeks ago I had a card from Dr. Wilkins-ORiley Zinn, professor of education with this postscript, “Hope to see your next year after my fall sabbatical.”  She … Continue reading

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Teaching Mathematics is Where I Find Myself

I ran across a quote from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.  It was a great comfort to turn from that chap to my influential friend, the battered, twisted, ruined, tin-pot steamboat. I clambered on board. She rang under my feet … Continue reading

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