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Sat, Apr 15, 2017
Many people say, I'm talkative. People rarely describe me as quiet either online or in real life. Despite my 100+ blog posts and my 3000+ tweets, I feel like frightened every time I hit that blue button that spreads my thoughts all over the internet. I'll still read some tweets and then think about replying for minutes, hours, maybe days only to decide not to send anything at all. Why shouldn't I just hit send already? Well some of the typical reasons that float through my head are “I don't really understand enough to comment on this” or “I already know so much about this, that they couldn't really care what I think.” or “I have a pretty good response, but it's not JUST right. Besides, this person basically said the same thing I said.” These are excuses are pretty thin. Too thin to hide behind, infact. The reality is these Read the full post...
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Fri, Apr 07, 2017
So the time came for my #NCTMAnnual talk in San Antonio. I had been thinking about it for weeks, telling my co-workers and family about it, and furiously touching up my slides. When the time came there was no one in my room. Not even me. I was in a cab travelling uncomfortably fast towards the conference center a full 25 hours after my planned arrival in the city. At that point I was already aware that I wasn't going to talk, and it was pretty disappointing (and the cab driver going 80 was not helping). The NCTM was hit with a fortuitous wave of cancellations and a slot emerged at the end of the day Wednesday where I could give my talk. My talk was a 30-minute burst so it began like most bursts, with a quickly paced race through as many ideas as time would allow. This talk is Read the full post...
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017
I haven't written a blog post in a while, so I figured this tweet is as good a prompt as any to get back in to it. @jacehan I think @carloliwitter might. — Michael Pershan (@mpershan) March 27, 2017 I taught a math econ unit for a few years now and I have a few things that I do. I did a Global Math Dept talk once, but it was the only one ever that the audio recording dropped out on (sad face). Here are the slides from that. [iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XEk5CEKvImppyzCfQns6U7dlCXNfaLr3yAmrYIYvMKA/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”] In this talk I pretty much list all of the tricks I have, some of which include: Giving kids credit card applications is always a good time. I've collected a box of those mailers that they send me, but you could find some of them online. Then you can make a task where the kids use exponential growth to Read the full post...
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Sat, Feb 04, 2017
This Sunday feels like a good time to write about what's happening on my blog. I haven't written as much as I would have liked over the past few weeks, so I feel a little explanation is due. I'm starting my #MTBoSblogsplosion today, I'm going to blog every other school day, and posting at least 1 math resource each month in 2017 — Carl Oliver (@carloliwitter) January 3, 2017 We have not had any actual classes for the past few weeks so there has been any actual teaching since my last class log. Most of those class days were spent floating around the room helping kids, so there wasn't much to blog about earlier in January. There was also a lot of administrative tasks needed for the individual scheduling for students. (It's a super cool network of google spreadsheet that I may blog about later on my other blog). … Oh and it Read the full post...
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Tue, Aug 09, 2016
One of the reasons I haven't kept up with blogging is because I always want to wait until I have the final, perfect draft before I post to my blog. But the thing is, I never have final perfect drafts of anything. So I have to get over that. What I do have is a lot of decent ideas and thoughts in the Notes App in my iPhone. Yesterday, as I pushed my five-month-old around the neighborhood, I wrote out 4 goals for this school year in my Note as she slept. Now mind you, this is a draft. But the beauty of sharing it before it's finalized is that I can get feedback from all the (zero) folks reading my blog. So what I have here are my goals and shorter “titles” for the goals. Neither is an expanded version of the goal, but if I wait until Read the full post...
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