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Another Way to Solve Quadratic Equations

Here is a recent video on how to solve quadratic equations.  It depends on the fact that the two roots lie symmetrically about the x-coordinate of the vertex.  https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/math/a30152083/solve-quadratic-equations/  It eliminates the guessing or systematic trials by using in simpler quadratic … Continue reading

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Creativity Conference – Meta-Comments

Two thoughts from our Creativity Conference. One: U.S. academics are shaken by the current political situation.  They are looking to their research for solace, hope, and/or solutions.  Creativity as it relates to wisdom and ethics is now a hot topic.  … Continue reading

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“Sleep-Walking” Home

At the end of a day last week, I was deathly tired.  By that I mean I could hardly keep my eyes open.  I just wanted to lay down and sleep.  I could barely move. And yet I needed to … Continue reading

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Quick Joke?

My wife came home with “The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense.” I reposted “.2, .3, and .4 walked into a bar. They were tenths.”

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My Heart Aches

Yesterday I made my heart ache. I took a small action – made a small gesture at least in this day and age.  I can’t talk about it.  My students have an absolute right to privacy. I could have cried.

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Rubrics as Data – Part I

Rubrics, the detailed categorization of student work, have become a common teaching and grading tool.  Here is one designed to assess college-level writing.  The idea is to provide specificity and a sense of progress.  The student and the teacher have … Continue reading

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To Touch Wood

Old men like to tell stories.  At least this old man does. I – my knowledge, joy, “wisdom” – come from long experience and my stories are a way of explaining myself to the world.  To reminisce is an increasing urge … Continue reading

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