Category Archives: Teaching

Smart People, All of Them

People, need I say students, are smart in different ways.  They might be smart (expert at) playing a particular video game or shopping online or dog training or horse riding or the internal affairs of Poland or basketball or short … Continue reading

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My Worries

I worry that I sometimes waste my students’ time.  I know the standard lower levels of our math curriculum have antiquated parts. I need to  devise ways of delivering this required material in a modern context. I worry that my … Continue reading

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Bang for the Faculty Buck

As part of strategic planning, we are having discussions on campus about what our (college faculty’s) work will look in twenty years. One exercise was to list the percentage of time spent among various tasks. For many of us the … Continue reading

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Roads Up Mountains

I was mountain biking up the 2060 switchbacks when I glanced up to the left.  The edge of my road loomed steeply.  “Wow, that’s high” I said to myself, imaging how hard it would be to scramble up the 120 … Continue reading

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Slide and Divide

One of our student tutors sent me this link, Slide and Divide , to a method of factoring trinomials.  It is essentially the one I explained extensively in https://jrh794.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/the-best-way-to-factor-trinomials/   I just argue to keep the fractions in the factored form since it is … Continue reading

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Non-conscious Deep Work

I enjoy visiting the Study Hacks blog.  Its author, Cal Newport, writes about organizing one’s tasks with emphasis on doing the deep work required of a college professor, in his case, proving theorems and writing papers.  His latest book is, … Continue reading

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The “I” and the “You” of It All

Somewhere in my teaching career, now 35 years of it, “I” and “You” as grammatical subjects disappeared from my classroom vocabulary.  For instance, “I” don’t need you (the student) to understand this particular concept. “You” (the student) (in my opinion) … Continue reading

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