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Two quick stories about my classes

1. Yesterday, a handful of students from my late morning class arrived in class bedecked in holiday garb – goblins, witches, and ghosts were the most popular. “Miss,” one student said, “are you dressing up as anything for Hallowe’en?” “Yeah,” I replied, “I’m dressing up as a math teacher.” Twenty-five students rolled their eyes at me. “Come on,” I challenged,…

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One man, n votes

Buoyed by a surge of student queries of the form, “what applications does this have in real life?” I was inspired to dust off an old copy – the library’s – of John Allen Paulos’ A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. By the time I finished rereading the brief aside on measuring shareholder and voter power, I had abandoned my original goal…

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Back to basics

The other day, I wrote about my university math students not knowing their times tables or how to add fractions. (By the way, you should go read the excellent comments to that one, which I will reply to eventually – where did all of my awesome commenters come from?) A few days earlier, Erin O’Connor, an English-prof-turned-high-school-English-teacher, posted an English teacher’s equivalent: grammatically…

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