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Book Review: Kaplan R. & Kaplan E. (2007). Out of the labyrinth: Setting mathematics free. Oxford University Press.

During Winter Quarter 2011 in EDMA 6357, I wrote the following book review.

Check out Math Worksheet Generator

From Microsoft Education Labs, download it free here.

It installs as a stand-alone application.  It is easy to use:

1. give it a problem

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2. it opens a worksheet in Microsoft Word, with problems generated from yours, and also includes the answers!

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This is not to say that more mindless homework is what students today need, but this shouldn’t be such a battle…

President Obama, State of the Union Address, 1/25/2011

Section entitled “Winning the Future: Education” begins at 22:22 on this recording here.

“Maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America’s success. But if we want to win the future – if we want innovation to produce jobs in America and not overseas – then we also have to win the race to educate our kids.

“Think about it. Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education that goes beyond a high school degree. And yet, as many as a quarter of our students aren’t even finishing high school. The quality of our math and science education lags behind many other nations.  America has fallen to 9th in the proportion of young people with a college degree. And so the question is whether all of us – as citizens, and as parents – are willing to do what’s necessary to give every child a chance to succeed.

“That responsibility begins not in our classrooms, but in our homes and communities. It’s family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done.  We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair; [applause] that success is not a function of fame or PR, but of hard work and discipline.

“Our schools share this responsibility. When a child walks into a classroom, it should be a place of high expectations and high performance. But too many schools don’t meet this test. That’s why instead of just pouring money into a system that’s not working, we launched a competition called Race to the Top.  To all fifty states, we said, “If you show us the most innovative plans to improve teacher quality and student achievement, we’ll show you the money.”

Race to the Top is the most meaningful reform of our public schools in a generation. For less than one percent of what we spend on education each year, it has led over 40 states to raise their standards for teaching and learning. These standards were developed, not by Washington, but by Republican and Democratic governors throughout the country.  And Race to the Top should be the approach we follow this year as we replace No Child Left Behind with a law that is more flexible and focused on what’s best for our kids. [applause]

“You see, we know what’s possible for our children when reform isn’t just a top-down mandate, but the work of local teachers and principals; school boards and communities.

“Take a school like Bruce Randolph in Denver. Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado; located on turf between two rival gangs. But last May, 97% of the seniors received their diploma. Most will be the first in their family to go to college. And after the first year of the school’s transformation, the principal who made it possible wiped away tears when a student said “Thank you, Mrs. Waters, for showing… that we are smart and we can make it.” [applause]  That’s what good schools can do.  And we want good schools all across the country.

“Let’s also remember that after parents, the biggest impact on a child’s success comes from the man or woman at the front of the classroom. In South Korea, teachers are known as “nation builders.” Here in America, it’s time we treated the people who educate our children with the same level of respect.  [applause]  We want to reward good teachers and stop making excuses for bad ones.  [applause]    And over the next ten years, with so many Baby Boomers retiring from our classrooms, we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.  [applause]

“In fact, to every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their career choice: If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child – become a teacher. Your country needs you.  [applause]

“Of course, the education race doesn’t end with a high school diploma. To compete, higher education must be within reach of every American. [applause]  That’s why we’ve ended the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies that went to banks, and used the savings to make college affordable for millions of students.  [applause]   And this year, I ask Congress to go further, and make permanent our tuition tax credit – worth $10,000 for four years of college.  [applause]

“Because people need to be able to train for new jobs and careers in today’s fast-changing economy, we are also revitalizing America’s community colleges. Last month, I saw the promise of these schools at Forsyth Tech in North Carolina. Many of the students there used to work in the surrounding factories that have since left town. One mother of two, a woman named Kathy Proctor, had worked in the furniture industry since she was 18 years old.  And she told me she’s earning her degree in biotechnology now, at 55 years old, not just because the furniture jobs are gone, but because she wants to inspire her children to pursue their dreams too. As Kathy said, “I hope it tells them to never give up.”

“If we take these steps – if we raise expectations for every child, and give them the best possible chance at an education, from the day they’re born until the last job they take – we will reach the goal I set two years ago: by the end of the decade, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.  [applause]

“One last point about education. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens. Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents. They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet live every day with the threat of deportation. Others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. It makes no sense.

“Now, I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows.  [applause]   I know that debate will be difficult and take time. But tonight, let’s agree to make that effort. And let’s stop expelling talented, responsible young people who can staff our research labs, start new businesses, and further enrich this nation.  [applause]

References

Retrieved January 25, 2011 from <http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/25/remarks-president-barack-obama-state-union-address>

Check out BrainHoney.com

Just stumbled on http://www.BrainHoney.com which lets you run a complete course from a web interface.  This hosted solution lets you plan multiple courses, syllabi, grading, and even communicate out to students.  Amazing.

Coolest part is how you can drag and drop Performance Expectations onto your schedule and then plan activities.

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0

Just came across this, hadn’t ever heard of it before, so I am downloading and giving it a try.  I’ll let you know what I find out.

Download link.

NOTE:  this install wants to install the DirectX 3D Runtime, hopefully that won’t cause a problem for anything else.

When that install is done it links you to an install for Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for Word and OneNote.  Doing that one too.

Download link.

Hey Cohort, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and See You in Class!

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