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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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Regression Toward the Mean?

I ran across this is in a Peanuts cartoon. It is a quote from the bible though I am quoting the comic. “…Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Is this an … Continue reading

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The Future for Our Students

A student this morning borrowed my fob to open a classroom door.  As she returned it, she said she wished she had one for her front door.  One swipe and it would open. It occurred to me later that in … Continue reading

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Excelling

Bounce by Matthew Syed is a study of high achievement.  It cities compelling evidence that excellence comes from purposeful practice for thousand of hours – the 10,000 hours of practice trope.  Sports champions, chess masters, mental math whizzes, musical prodigies … Continue reading

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Powers of 9/10’s

An example of one of my favorite surprise calculations comes up in the context of quantum computing.  The idea is that if you have a process that gets things right 90% of the time and you repeat the process and … Continue reading

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