My avatar photo was provided on Flickr by Norm Walsh. I chose it because my mom and I had an ongoing argument for YEARS about whether dandelions are a flower or a weed.
I taught second grade today. There was a math lesson dealing with mental math (seems like I *always* get mental math to teach, and I don’t remember ever *learning* mental math as a kid — I kinda think that once you can Do Math reasonably well, it gets increasingly automatic and thus can sometimes be done without pencil and paper… but I digress), and the introductory text (the “math story”) (!) had this kid in it whose thought process was outlined as follows:
I have 50 cents, which is 5 dimes.
This thing costs 30 cents, which is 3 dimes.
5 dimes take away 3 dimes is 2 dimes, so the change is 20 cents.
"Take away." Seriously. Can we please use some correct terminology in American education? Please? (I read the story aloud, and I substituted "minus." I am, in fact, fairly likely to judge people based on how articulate they are. Even if they’re seven.)
I got the following email this morning from an educational group that I’m part of. Looks like a good resource and a good way to punch up science education and research.
13-17 Oct: NASA Scientists Address 5 Big Questions in Earth Science
Teachers and Students,
Log in during Earth Science Week 2008 as scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center answer 5 big Earth Science questions. Each day, a 2-minute video clip of scientists addressing these questions will be featured at <http://www.nasa.gov/goddard> along with the links to additional Earth science educational resources.
Following is the schedule:
1. Introduction. How is the global Earth system changing? 10/13/08
2. What are the primary forces of the Earth system? 10/14/08
3. How does the Earth system respond to natural and human-induced changes? 10/15/08
4. What are the consequences of change in the Earth system for human civilization? 10/16/08
5. How will the Earth system change in the future? 10/17/08
NASA is a sponsor of Earth Science Week 2008. For more information visit <http://www.earthsciweek.org>.
The GLOBE Program
- 4:30 yesterday afternoon, Adam dismantles a pink marker (one of about eight in my house that are NOT WASHABLE) and squeezes the little ink tube till it bleeds. I learn of this when he decides that he shouldn’t touch the bathroom faucet with such very pink hands, and he comes to ask me for help.
- 9:15 yesterday evening, I notice that neither my bobby pins nor the bathroom drain stopper are where they should be. As a mother who knows her child, I don’t even bother to ask questions before taking the drain apart. I am surprised when a Very Large Clump of bobby pins falls out (I was expecting only the two that I could see in the drain, silly me), and I say something like, “That’s kind of a <em>lot</em> of bobby pins.” From his room, where he is supposed to be asleep, Adam says, “Oh, I did that.” Yeah, of course you did.
- 2:45 this afternoon, Adam calls me into his room during his putative nap. He beckons me close and says, “I made a new plan for myself that anyone who comes into my room loses all of their dollars and I’m keepin’ ‘em.”