(a + b)2 = a2 + b2. Right? “No, of course not,” you say. Or maybe you say “Yes, of course.” If you say yes, you’re making the same mistake that 42% of high-school students make. I just invented that statistic on the spot,… Read More ›
Month: November 2012
They don’t even sound alike. An MIT alumna was nearly prevented from voting in Florida because she was wearing an MIT shirt. A poll worker thought she was illegally campaigning for Romney inside the polling place.
This is important! You’ve got to set aside ten minutes and watch this TED talk by Dan Pink. While it’s not specifically about teachers, nor specifically about students, it tells us a lot about what motivates and doesn’t motivate both groups. Presented by… Read More ›
This morning’s XKCD:
Maybe some of my precalculus students will make fractal pancakes for the Fractal Fair in March (though I’m not sure where we could serve them, as the Fair is held in the school library). Here’s what they look like:
What’s the best way for a school to improve its test scores? That’s easy: you get rid of all the low-performing students, of course. Or you send truant officers to their homes on the morning of test day, and the… Read More ›
A North Carolina teacher named Kris Nielsen recently posted a letter that has been finding its way around the Internet. As a teacher in Massachusetts, I am fortunate not to have the problems that she reports, but they ring all… Read More ›