As a teacher, there are few questions I despise as much as “is this going to be on the test?” It means the student has no interest or concern for the implications or applications, no curiosity, no reason to think about it for more than a microsecond beyond regurgitation on a mandated exam in order to get the gold star, the shiny class participation trophy.
And yet when I asked my daughter’s history teacher what the goal was in using Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” was in an AP US History class, his answer amounted to “it’s on the AP test.”
Continue reading Educational Thought II
We are, sadly, in a largely post-literate society. So, making videos might be the thing to do. Let me bounce this idea off a few people: Continue reading An educational thought
As you likely know, among other things I’m a teacher. In math class today, I made two new (to me, anyway) dad jokes. In geometry, teaching the basics of 3D solids.
What did they do to the tomb robber who raided the pharaoh’s pyramid? They tossed him in prism.
Polyhedron is a Greek word, made of of “poly,” meaning many, and “hedra,” meaning face, or base. It’s the Greek word for “politician.”
Do something new and different.
Do something you’ve been putting off, but will feel better once you have done it.
Make the new year worth remembering.
For myself, I just did a little bit of bullet casting for the first time. Turned out all right, once I got a heat source that worked right.
What sort of music would the monks work out to? Rap? Arianna Grande? No, I don’t think so. Something more like Sabaton.
Continue reading Musical interlude
Happy Thanksgiving, all ya’ll.
Much to be thankful for. Healthy family, generally speaking. Great wife and kids. Employed. Still married after twenty pretty good years. Latest book published with good reviews. Hillary is still not president. Car is still running. Weather is not bad. Roof’s been reshingled. Hollywood is imploding, and it looks like congress might be next.
So, overall, life’s not bad. Oh, sure, there are things I could complain about, but they are pretty small potatoes in the historical big picture.
Give thanks, and carry on.
The Declaration of Independence, the Original Brexit!
Celebrated with explosions and guns and food and family and all things the crew of Tajemnica would approve of.
Wasn’t always easy.
Wasn’t always fun. Been more than a few rough patches and growing pains. And now, apparently, having a moment of sanity among the encroaching senility and decadence of old age and too much easy living. But still the greatest nation on earth. That may change in a few years – all things change, all empires fall and fade – but we’re on the right path for a few more years.
Heinlein’s future history spoke of the Crazy Years. We’re in them. My future history so far published has been deliberately vague, but I think it’s safe to say that I’m predicting more tough years ahead, but all in not lost. Venice arose out of the fall of Rome. America rose from the faltering British Empire. But Haiti arose from a faltering French empire, so nothing is guaranteed.
For today, celebrate what has gone before and gone right, while praying for things to improve, and work toward making it so.
In response to a post by Vox, here are a couple of recipes, totally unrelated to TSCB beyond Kwon cooking lots of strange things, and these are often viewed as strange. Enjoy! Continue reading Recipes
All y’all, actually. Hope you have a good one. Pray, do good, hope you do well, stay warm, and carry on.
The school year is over, and yet another leave-replacement contract is done. Back on the search path for something in teaching (which I love, and most of the kids in my classroom like me), or maybe it’s time for a career-change if the money is right. My tech is a little dated, but I’m a fast learner, good speaker, decent writer, and can explain things to almost any audience. Anyone know of any open positions?
I’m doing all the normal job searches in the school districts that are a reasonable commute distance, but they mostly seem to want specialists (like a BS in bio to teach a bio class) and special ed, and while I’m “highly qualified” in five things (including science, math, and social studies) my MS in computer science doesn’t seem to be enough to generate much interest when they are winnowing twenty applicants down to the five they’ll interview. I’m good at connecting the classroom to the real world, if anyone wants that, and connecting different subjects that are usually taught as stand-alone and disconnected from any real meaning to life.
Eh, I’m sure something will turn up. But if you know of anything, a pointer in the right direction would be most appreciated.