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Archive for February, 2007

From the Spam Files

Akismet went all rogue on me and flagged some good commentary from Marco Polo and Bill Fitzgerald as spam over in my second career crisis.  My bad, team.

Why We're Here:

  1. We're going to investigate Pick's Theorem (and then forget about it).
  2. We're going to review new area formulas with a treasure hunt.

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Why We're Here:

  1. We're going to review area.
  2. We're going to determine the area of regular polygons.

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I can't really get a handle on Stephen Downes. Is he for this emergent 21st-century school? Against it? Is he after something far more anarchic than either of these? These are all rhetorical. Whatever his ideology, I really appreciated his recent deconstruction of a post by Doug Johnson. Johnson's only offense, from the perspective of this School 2.0 skeptic, was leaning too heavily on jargon and coded language when explicit terms are necessary now more than ever. (Maybe this is what Christian would call a Trojan Horse post.) Repeatedly over the course of his post, Downes asks (essentially), "What do you really mean by this?" which is a question that always leaves me grateful to the asker.

Career Crisis #2 (of 2)

I watched Freedom Writers two weeks ago and have tried, since then, to graft several different structures to a post which has pitilessly rejected each of them.

There was the drinking game. I had the first rule:

Whenever anyone affirms the heroism, nobility, passion, or self-abnegation of the teacher, take a drink.

I quit that, however, when it became clear I'd be legally blitzed by the first reel change.

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