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If all you have is a stick, every student looks like an ass*

If you read something Wednesday morning and it’s still bugging you on Friday afternoon, don’t keep having a conversation in your head, write about it. A few days ago, yet another hand-wringing, oh-dear-what-shall-we-do-about-it post about students and their phones came … Continue reading

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The Power of Misconception

“Misconception” is one of those words that makes you slump your shoulders and sigh. It’s not inspiring like “creativity” or “glee.” In fact, in education circles we often resort to “alternate conception” so we’re not starting the conversation at a … Continue reading

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The Ups and Downs of Interpreting Graphs

Here’s a graph showing some guy’s position as he’s out for a walk: Take a moment and describe in your own words what he’s doing. If you said, “He went up a hill and down again,” I’m sorry, you’re incorrect. … Continue reading

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