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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Working on an Exit Ticket

Wed, 24 Apr 2019, 06:52 PM (-06:00)

Keeping kids engaged in learning is hard, harder when the subject is math, and worse when so many of them lack fundamental skills. So you do what you can, and you smile when you stumble on something that works. On this day, we had a block of time at the end of class for the […]

Seeing It

Tue, 23 Apr 2019, 07:36 PM (-06:00)

He stood at the whiteboard staring at the solutions I had taped there for all of them to consult as they wrestled with adding and subtracting rational expressions. He was leaning in a bit, focusing intently. Then he pulled up his head and turned. “Ohhhh,” he said. “That’s how it works!” He headed back to […]

Yellow Composites

Tue, 23 Apr 2019, 07:25 PM (-06:00)

First there are the Bluebonnets. Then come the Indian Paintbrush. Then, if it’s a good year, the Winecups start rising out of the greenery as yellow begins to spread across Central Texas. Yellow. It starts with Texas Star. And then comes Indian Blanket. And then quickly in a cascading profusion of shapes and sizes, come […]

They Outed Me

Sun, 7 Apr 2019, 07:30 PM (-06:00)

1. They Figured It Out “Mister,” she said from the back of the room, trying to get my attention above the hubbub of the five minutes between periods. “Mister!”  “Yes?” I said from where I was standing with my seating roster. “I know how old you are, Mister.” I stopped taking attendance. “How old am […]