Jalopnik: The 2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium Is a Good Reminder That Humans Are Irrational
I test drove an Ecosport before buying my Focus hatchback and I have to say I agree with pretty much everything in this article. Here in Colorado, especially, the style is to have something SUV-looking because we all picture ourselves as like those people we see on the REI catalog who are hiking, skiing, or mountain biking every weekend. That said, I can pretty much do all those things in a Focus about as well as I could an Ecosport, and I manage to eek out 38-42 mpg on the highway, well above the 34 on the sticker.
2018  10-October  cars 
14 days ago
Florence bowling alley death after man gets stuck in pinsetter
It's probably just my bias from having lived there, but I swear some really weird news (and in this case, sad and tragic) comes out of Florence sometimes.
2018  10-October  Colorado  news 
15 days ago
Remembering Cyclone Wrestling Great Ron Jones - Iowa State University Athletics
Ron Jones was my high school counselor and I worked with him for years hosting wrestling tournaments at my high school. I love the story here about how Harold Nichols hunted down him and his brother Don while they were working as roofers after they graduated, and convinced them to come to Iowa State. Similarly, Ron hunted me down after seeing my ACT score to be sure I knew about UNI's presidential scholars program and to help me apply.
wrestling  Iowa  2012  07-July  school  highered  graduation 
may 2018
NASA Mourns the Passing of Astronaut John Young | NASA
When John Young passed, we lost perhaps our greatest astronaut. Two Gemini missions (including the first), two Apollo missions (including walking on the moon), two Shuttle missions (including the first), and a long tenure as chief of the astronaut office define an extraordinary career.
space  2018  01-January  history 
may 2018
Kerry Wood, Astros recall 20-strikeout game
Today is the 20th anniversary of Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game, and this article does a great job going through the game step-by-step with reflections from the players and people involved.
sports  Cubs  2018  05-May 
may 2018
Harry Anderson, ‘Night Court’ Actor Who Bottled Magic On Screen and Off, Dies at 65 - The New York Times
Awww, not Harry. Night Court might be my favorite sitcom of all time, and the episodes of Cheers that featured Harry the Hat are favorites, too. Judge Harold T. Stone was an influence on me growing up (and upon many rewatchings of the show, as a grown up) and I find it delightful how the character was only part an act.
entertainment  2018  04-April 
april 2018
Lessons on Common Core - Education Next : Education Next
Robert Pondiscio of the Fordham Institute takes a rational look at the hyperbole driving many arguments about the Common Core State Standards.
education  standards  CCSS  policy  2017  01-January 
november 2017
Common Core Fact of the Day: Standards v. Curriculum - ExcelinEd
A simple explanation of the difference between standards and curriculum.
education  standards  curriculum  policy  CCSS  2013  06-June 
november 2017
Retaining copyright for figures in academic publications to allow easy citation and reuse – Medium
I bookmarked something similar before (https://storify.com/LorenaABarba/reactions-to-my-tip-on-how-i-use-figshare) but I'm saving this because I still think it's brilliant. Instead of publishing a figure in a paper and giving away the rights to it, publish the figure *before* the paper with a CC-BY license, and then use it in your paper with the acknowledgment that it's published elsewhere and you have permission to use it.
publishing  open_access  2016  11-November  copyright  research 
march 2017
Man Has Spent the Last 40 Years Living Alone in Colorado Ghost Town Recording All Kinds of Useful Data | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities
billy barr has spent 40+ years living near Gothic, making meticulous snow and avalanche records. He's observed snowpack that gets established later and disappears earlier, even in snowier years.
Colorado  weather_and_climate  environment  science  2017  01-January 
january 2017
President Obama Awards Presidential Medal | Video | C-SPAN.org
There's so much to enjoy about this 40-minute tribute to Joe Biden, especially the genuine love these two men have for one another and the surprise and shock on Biden's face when Obama announces he's being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. When I get down about politics, I think I'll watch this.
politics  video  2017  01-January 
january 2017
Altmetric – Top 100 Articles – 2016
Altmetric's review of most-shared articles of 2016 is the best-presented and most informative year-end retrospective I've seen.
research  2016  12-December  publishing  science 
january 2017
Understanding Teacher Shortages
There's a lot of information to dig through in this report on teacher shortages and "teaching attractiveness." Colorado doesn't fare particularly well in teaching attractiveness, bogged down by relatively low wages and poor working conditions, as well as a high percentage of inexperienced and uncertified teachers.
education  teaching  policy  2017  01-January 
january 2017
Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’ - The Washington Post
The viral nature of fake news has been a fascinating and frustrating topic of discussion following the recent U.S. election. In this case, a writer of fake news who profits from the advertising revenue on his sites worries that he might have inadvertently affected the outcome of the election.
news  politics  social_media  2016  11-November 
november 2016
Today is our day #FlyTheW | MLB.com
I had Eddie Vedder's Cubs tribute in my head in the days following the Cubs World Series victory.
sports  Cubs  music  2016  11-November 
november 2016
This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, His State's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country | Huffington Post
I think I understand the basic theory behind trickle-down economics, but data seems to suggest that it doesn't work -- or, at least, a contrary approach of raising taxes on the wealthy and raising the minimum wage can strengthen an economy overall. It's working for Minnesota, at least.
economics  Minnesota  2015  02-February  politics 
november 2016
Cubs fans continue celebration at team parade | MLB.com
Notable in this article about the Cubs victory parade is the size of the crowd relative to other large gatherings. It's estimated that the 5 million who came out for the Cubs formed the 7th largest gathering in human history, with the largest being 30 million for a 2013 pilgrimage in India. The 5 millon who gathered in Chicago represents the largest gathering ever in the United States. By comparison, the gathering for the Denver Broncos following their 2016 Super Bowl victory was estimated at 1 million people.
sports  Cubs  2016  11-November 
november 2016
Why I vote “no” on (almost) all California ballot propositions, even if I agree with them
Colorado had a number of constitutional amendments and other propositions on the ballot this year, and a few of them had me scratching my head wondering, "Why aren't our lawmakers deciding this?" The problem is even worse in California, and I thought this Medium post by Michael Levinson gave some pretty sound arguments for pushing back against a flawed approach at direct democracy.
politics  2016  10-October  California 
october 2016
How Half Of America Lost Its F**king Mind
Kudos to Cracked and David Wong, who may have pulled off the best explainer of the 2016 presidential election. There's been a lot of focus on the so-called "deplorables," the most racist, sexist, Islamaphobic, etc. Trump supporters, but Trump's support includes a larger group of people who represent rural areas and conservative values. Having grown up in rural Iowa, I understand this, and was happy to see an article address this phenomenon so well. (Comically, even.)
politics  2016  10-October 
october 2016
9.2 A 13th-Century Darwin? - Tusi's Views on Evolution - Farid Alakbarli
Centuries before Darwin, a middle eastern scientist described various principles of evolution. While some sound more philosophical than theoretical, key aspects of biodiversity and adaptation are present. It's examples like this that emphasize to me that not only do all people need math and science, but math and science needs *all* people -- including their cultural histories.
science  history  2001 
october 2016
Reactions to my tip on how I use figshare
This is awesome advice: Publish your figures under a CC-BY license first using Figshare, then include them in your manuscripts under that license. Then, the figure isn't subject to a publisher's copyright upon publication and remains free.
education  research  open_access  publishing  copyright  2016  04-April 
october 2016
Students are not hard-wired to learn in different ways – we need to stop using unproven, harmful methods
There is little evidence to show that teaching students according to perceived 'learning styles' has any positive effect on their learning.
education  psychology  learning  research  09-September  2016 
october 2016
How an award-winning teacher uses an app and camera phone to reinforce good math skills
This Chalkbeat story is about Carrie Jordan, Colorado's newest elementary PAEMST awardee.
education  Colorado  math  2016  09-September  elementary  technology 
october 2016
Baez's heads-up baserunning
I think this is my favorite Javy Baez offensive highlight of the year. No fear.
sports  Cubs  video  2016  09-September 
october 2016
Javy Baez / Realmuto ruled safe at first
Although the out call was overturned, I think this is Javy Baez's defensive highlight of the year.
sports  Cubs  2016  06-June  video 
october 2016
How 37 States Are Handling Teacher Shortages
Dan Meyer does a nice bit of ed policy work here by surveying various initiatives being undertaken in states to address teacher recruitment and retention problems.
education  policy  teacher_quality  2016  08-August 
september 2016
Once considered too easy, is teacher certification now too hard?
For years we've had tests for teachers that miss the mark, often by focusing on content but not the specialized skills needed to teach it. Deborah Ball appears on this Michigan Public Radio story to discuss the current state of teacher preparation and testing and the directions we're heading.
education  teacher_quality  Michigan  2016  06-June  assessment  policy 
september 2016
Lawsuit revives an old debate: Should Florida's struggling readers be forced to repeat third grade?
A nice article in the Tampa Bay Times about grade retention, including some quotes from CU Boulder's Lorrie Shepard.
education  policy  literacy  2016  08-August  Florida  CU-Boulder 
september 2016
Here's a bunch of pictures from the 2015 RAGBRAI, my first.
Iowa  cycling  sports  photography  2015  07-July  RAGBRAI 
september 2016
The Greatest Writing About The Greatest
Muhammad Ali, the greatest athlete of the 20th century, was to writers of his time what the Madonna and Child were to painters of the Renaissance. Everyone took a crack at Ali. Here at The Stacks, we’re been honored to curate Ali stories that previously weren’t available online. Our collection makes up but a small sampling of the trove of great writing about Ali, but it’s enough for you to appreciate why Ali was a reporter’s dream.
sports  boxing  2016  06-June 
september 2016
This Was Ali
Muhammad Ali’s recent death has opened the floodgates for eulogies, tributes, evaluations, historical perspective analyses, and writing of nearly every kind imaginable. This isn’t surprising; Ali was, by almost any reckoning, the most celebrated sports figure ever, and the one with by far the widest worldwide cultural currency.
sports  boxing  2016  06-June 
september 2016
The Day Prince’s Guitar Wept the Loudest
Musicians recall the night in March 2004 when Prince, Tom Petty and others performed at the induction of George Harrison into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
music  2016  04-April 
september 2016
Mile by mile: Relive every moment of RAGBRAI 2016
The best photos, videos and stories from this year's RAGBRAI ride.
Iowa  sports  cycling  RAGBRAI  2016  08-August  photography  video 
september 2016
How 2 Iowa reporters in 1973 accidentally started the world's largest bike tour
Vox explains the origins and phenomena of RAGBRAI, comparing it to Burning Man and Bonnaroo. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but it's a different of event with something for everyone -- so long as you like bikes.
Iowa  sports  cycling  RAGBRAI  2015  07-July 
september 2016
The inside story of when Run-DMC met Aerosmith and changed music forever
Thirty years ago, the rap trio from Queens and veteran rockers from Boston came together to make history.
music  2016  05-May 
june 2016
I Am Still The Greatest
To be the "Greatest of All Time," boxing legend Muhammad Ali says you have to believe in yourself. It's a lesson his parents taught him and it has helped him in fighting Parkinson's disease.
sports  2009  04-April 
june 2016
Learning styles: what does the research say?
Yet another reminder that learning styles don't exist. Well, not in the way most people think they do, anyway.
education  learning  learning_theory  research  2016  04-April 
may 2016
"Deeper learning" continues to show higher high school graduation rates - The Hechinger Report
I don't know exactly what "deeper learning" is, and it sounds like this author isn't sure how it's special, either. But some research by AIR suggests that maybe "deeper learning" schools are getting some better results. There's a possibility that the results they're seeing are caused by confounding variables, but I think one thing is likely: "deeper learning" is well-poised to be a new buzzword in education, even though most people using it won't know what makes it special.
education  research  learning  2016  03-March 
march 2016
The Faces of College Wrestlers
Reid Singer on Ben Lowy’s photographs of college wrestlers at the 2016 N.C.A.A. Championships, at Madison Square Garden.
sports  wrestling  2016  03-March  photography 
march 2016
Growth mindset doesn’t promise pupils the world
I really like that Carol Dweck is working to keep the "growth mindset" train on its rails. In many of the references I've heard to growth mindset, the message was simple: If kids can believe they can get better at something, then that goes a long way towards it happening. So make kids believe they can achieve anything, because that's how growth mindset works. Not so simple, says Dweck. We really need to be honest with students about the work involved in reaching goals, inform them about the pathways that might get them there, and avoid filling them with false hope.
education  learning  psychology  2016  03-March  research 
march 2016
TRU Math Suite
The "Teaching for Robust Understanding" (TRU) framework was designed by a Schoenfeld-led group at Berkley and Michigan State. Its purpose is to shape the ways in which classroom environments are structured, as outlined by 5 dimensions: (1) the content, (2) cognitive demand, (3) equitable access to content, (4) agency, authority, and identity, and (5) uses of assessment.
education  math  curriculum  teaching 
march 2016
CU-Boulder fellowship seeks to tackle public issues with research
It's great to see Ben Kirshner and others take this on. I wish it went one step further, though: Instead of supporting grad students to work beyond academic journals, I wish it also supported junior faculty. They're the ones with the most pressure to publish, and in the 6-7 years it takes them to earn tenure they can develop habits about publishing that are difficult to reverse.
education  publishing  Colorado  CU-Boulder  2016  03-March  2md 
march 2016
"Nothing to indicate the subject had any interest in any matter other than Mathematics” Paul Erdős FBI file
I guess I shouldn't be surprised that our FBI kept files on Paul Erdős, given the communist paranoia in the United States of the 1950s and 1960s. My favorite line in his files has to be this: "Subject visited and traveled in Netherlands for a period in 1951, and was described as lazy, preoccupied and seemingly scholarly." (h/t http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-fbi-files-of-one-of-the-most-prolific-mathematicians-ever)
math  history  2015  07-July 
march 2016
College wrestling: Northern Iowa's Peters overcomes injury to earn All-America honors
The shining light for my Northern Iowa Panthers this year was Dylan Peters, so became an All-American despite wrestling with a torn ACL. This is a great rebound from last year, when Peters looked flat at the NCAA tournament. I suspected that he struggled to make weight last year and thought for sure he'd move up, but he stayed at 125 this year and managed to make the weight with the knee brace. He'll need about 6 months of rehab and it will be interesting to see if he's ready to go again at 125 next season.
sports  wrestling  Iowa  UNI  2016  03-March 
march 2016
Why Education Research Has So Little Impact on Practice: The System Effect
There are more reasons for why education research seems to have little impact in the United States, but I believe Marc Tucker is right when he says there's a lack of system-level thinking in our research.
education  research  2016  03-March 
march 2016
Schools Need Introverted Teachers, But Avoiding Burnout a Challenge
I very much consider myself to be an introvert, but I was mostly okay during routine school activity. When I taught, as I do now, I kept my social calendar rather light, as I seem to enjoy time to myself for big chunks of each day.
education  teaching  2016  02-February 
march 2016
How Many Decimals of Pi Do We Really Need?
Not very many, it turns out. This is a pretty good example of "attending to precision," and why rules for rounding decimals should yield to the context of what's being measured or calculated.
education  math  geometry  2016  03-March  CCSS 
march 2016
The Gore-Tex Vortex
This 10-year-old snapshot of Boulder is still very relevant in 2016. On seemingly every level (fitness, activism, education, wealth, etc.) it can feel like a struggle just to be average, but you don't mind because everyone else around you seems to be striving, too.
Colorado  Boulder  2006  08-August  outdoor 
march 2016
Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset'
This article gets at one concern I've had about growth vs. fixed mindsets: We are socially biased to value growth mindsets, so we'll say we have one and are building them as teachers whether we really are or not. It's difficult to be honest with ourselves with these things, so I'm glad Dweck is pushing us to "legitimize" fixed mindsets and remember we all have varying degrees of them.
education  psychology  teaching  learning  2015  09-September 
february 2016
The Man Who Made the Whac-a-Mole Has One More Chance
Aaron Fechter, the man who gave us Whac-a-Mole and the animatronic band Rock-afire Explosion at Showbiz Pizza, has lost almost everything. He's sank what's left of his fortune into one last game.​ Will it be enough?
money  entertainment  technology  business  2016  02-February 
february 2016
Monarch Pass Wind Gust of 148 mph considered accurate!
An unseasonably warm stretch of weather has come along with a *lot* of wind, including one record-setting gust of 148 mph on Monarch Pass.
Colorado  weather_and_climate  2016  02-February 
february 2016
USA Pro Challenge won't race in 2016
I'm super sad to see there won't be a USA Pro Challenge in Colorado this year. Cycling races are expensive and when your financial backing falters, races don't go on. Let's hope for a rebound in 2017. See also:

sports  cycling  Colorado  2016  02-February  money 
february 2016
The DIY Scientist, the Olympian, and the Mutated Gene
This is a great story not just for the intriguing genetics, but for how Jill Viles, the focus of the story, is a great example of a citizen scientist.
science  health  2016  01-January 
february 2016
A Conversation With Lawrence Lessig
A post-mortem of sorts with Larry Lessig discussing his candidacy for president and the challenges we face in achieving election finance reform.
politics  2015  12-December  law 
december 2015
Fourth Grade Math: A Dad’s Journey From Frustration To Realization
After criticizing unfamiliar methods to learning mathematics, a father decides to learn more and discovers that he had been too quick to judge. Kudos to Kirk Englehardt for being willing to publicly change his mind on the internet, something seen all-too-rarely.
education  math  math_wars  CCSS  standards  2015  12-December 
december 2015
Dear White America
George Yancy writes this plea to me and other white Americans to look carefully at ourselves and the society in which we live -- not to blame, or deny, or feel guilty, but to understand and accept certain truths.
society  equity_and_social_justice  2015  12-December  school_and_society 
december 2015
Colorado Weather Station Hits -51°F, Ties One Of Coldest Temperatures Ever Recorded
It's regularly cold in South Park, but not this cold! On December 17th a temperature of -51 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded at Antero Reservoir. Colorado's cold temperatures regularly come where cold, dense air can settle in a valley (such as the San Luis Valley, where Alamosa is frequently cold) or basin (see Gunnison, which is often even colder).
2015  12-December  Colorado  weather_and_climate 
december 2015
Letter from Eddie Bernice Johnson to Lamar Smith regarding climate change investigation
This letter strikes not only a blow for science, but does a masterful job of using evidence and reasoning to make its point.
science  communications  politics  2015  11-November  research  weather_and_climate 
november 2015
Missouri state senator aims to block student's dissertation on abortion
Hidden in all the other chaos at the University of Missouri earlier this month was this story, in which a Missouri state senator tried to prevent a student from completing a dissertation about abortion. As far as I can tell, the attempt was unsuccessful and the dissertation will be completed. However, it's not necessarily because academic freedom prevailed -- rather, the student and university showed that the dissertation work was not funded through scholarships and grants from the university or otherwise tied to state funding, which could be construed as against Missouri's law that prohibits using public funds to promote non-life-saving abortions.

Academic content standards like the Common Core are a hot-button topic. Not as hot as abortion, I'd say, but still hot enough that I would not be shocked to hear about anti-Common Core lawmakers attempting to muck around in the work of those of us who study academic standards like the CCSS. We're still seeing resistance from science committee members of the U.S. House of Representatives who think it should be up to them to decide what the National Science Foundation finds worthy of funding (http://news.sciencemag.org/policy/2015/10/nsf-peer-review-remains-target-congress), as they question climate science research and various kinds of work in the social sciences. As a grad student whose primary funding came from the NSF, I'd rather Lamar Smith not get to pick and choose what research he likes and dislikes. Similarly, I think we need research to better understand how abortion policies affect the lives of women, regardless of the source of funding.
education  Missouri  money  highered  research  health  2015  11-November 
november 2015
Racial Wealth Gap Persists Despite Degree, Study Says - The New York Times
Growing up I was told a college degree was the key to a better job, higher salaries, and a better life. That's still largely true, but more true if you're white than if you're Black or Latino/a. The differences are especially stark when you look not at income, but at wealth.
education  highered  equity_and_social_justice  jobs  money  2015  08-August 
november 2015
Public-Sector Jobs Vanish, Hitting Blacks Hard - The New York Times
I've heard someone comment, "You can't work for the Post Office anymore if you're a white male," referring to what that person saw as a disproportionate number of black and Latino/a workers in a public-sector job. As this article explains, yes, there is a disproportionate number (although not to the degree that the person I talked to seemed to believe) of non-white workers in government jobs because of stronger unions and anti-discrimination policies in public-sector jobs, and the real cause for alarm should be the lack of equal employment in private-sector jobs. In other words, the reason more Blacks and Latinos work at the Post Office is because they tend to be shut out of similarly good jobs elsewhere.
equity_and_social_justice  jobs  money  2015  05-May 
november 2015
The Smartest Dumb Error in the Great State of Colorado | Math with Bad Drawings
The sign featured in this post by Ben Orlin is just up the hill from where I sit, and I think of it as an elaborate explanation of what I once heard from a veteran math teacher: "If you have 2 dogs and 3 houses, you don't have 5 dog houses."
education  math  2015  08-August  arithmetic  Colorado 
november 2015
Iowa's next exams? The smarter you are, the harder they get
This Des Moines Register story about standardized testing is a pretty good look at the shifting landscape of large-scale assessment in schools. In Iowa, the Iowa tests, such as the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, have been regularly administered for decades. But with new multi-state standards, accountability needs, and advances in technology, Iowa is one of many states demanding their tests do more and do it affordably.
education  Iowa  standardized_tests  standards  money  policy  technology  assessment  CCSS  2015  08-August 
november 2015
The President and The Yes Men
I was aware that the University of Iowa was searching for a new president and then quite suddenly in my Twitter stream I saw an announcement of a hire followed by a lot of discontent, frustration, and anger. Bruce Harreld was chosen for the job despite questionable qualifications, and as details of the search process become more clear it seems he may have been the only person seriously considered by the Iowa Board of Regents. Many have cried foul and some have protested, and in this blog post, one says Harreld and his selection for the job is so preposterous it could possibly be confused as performance art rather than reality.
education  highered  Iowa  2015  11-November  politics  leadership 
november 2015
How (and Why) to Generate a Static Website Using Jekyll, Part 1 – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
I always seem to have a need to build one website or another, and I like the idea of static content, but I haven't yet invested the time in learning something like Jekyll. Maybe it's because GitHub is still a bit of a black box to me, or maybe it's because I don't know how easily others would be able to manage a site I create, but I'll return to posts like this if and when I get to creating new sites. I'll also revisit http://vknight.org/unpeudemath/pedagogy/2015/04/06/my-5-reasons-why-jekyll-with-github-is-a-terrible-teaching-tool/, Vincent Knight's post about using Jekyll as a teacher.
education  technology  internet  webdev  2015  08-August 
november 2015
Financial Woes Plague Common-Core Rollout - WSJ
I empathize with teachers and school leaders in places where academic standards have become such a political football (even more than usual) that policymakers have reversed course and either gone back to old standards or proposed new, better, but don't-exist-yet standards. Such is the case in Oklahoma, where a couple years of building capacity to support the Common Core State Standards came to a halt when lawmakers decided to take the state in a different direction. Some of what schools did for CCSS was probably just in the name of high-quality teaching and learning, and those investments were hopefully well-made. Books mentioning CCSS that now have to be hidden away represent dollars wasted.
education  Oklahoma  standards  CCSS  2015  11-November  policy  politics 
november 2015
Presidential Candidate Prof. Larry Lessig
Larry Lessig ended his candidacy for president yesterday, not able to get into the debates, but I'm sure he'll move on to new ways to push forward towards a better democracy through citizen equality.
politics  2015  10-October  video 
november 2015
From the Mag: David Ross (and his .176 average) is Cubs' unsung hero
The baseball season is now over, and Cubs fans quickly switched into "next year" mode, but this article about David Ross and his value to the Cubs in 2015 is one of the best I read last season.
sports  Cubs  2015  10-October 
november 2015
Obama Administration Calls for Limits on Testing in Schools
This news about limiting testing in schools is a bit more mixed than some people seemed to think. First, 2% of time on standardized testing isn't that far off from what I've experienced here in Colorado: out of a 1080-hour school year, students might spend about 12 hours on state testing in the spring, 4 hours on another test in the fall, and maybe another 4 on a test like the ACT or a pre-ACT test. That's 20 hours, which is slightly less than 2% of 1080 hours. However, in some districts these tests are accompanied by all kinds of in-district tests which, while not required by the state or Department of Ed, still feel like an imposition on many teachers and students. So while the message that testing is important and necessary is still clearly being communicated by the Department of Education, proponents of less testing hope that there's a shift in tone away from the high-stakes use of testing we've had in the NCLB era.
education  standardized_tests  policy  2015  10-October  NCLB  assessment 
november 2015
Building A Worldwide Math Community
Using social media helps build connections with people before you've "met" them. Kristen Gray writes about how this is particularly helpful when you find yourself at an academic conference like NCTM, because what used to be strangers are now acquaintances.
education  math  NCTM  2015  10-October  social_media 
november 2015
The Other Autistic Muppet
Saying Fozzie Bear is autistic isn't exactly a clinical diagnosis, but I liked this article for the way it expands thinking about autism and what it might look like in people (or puppets?) who we don't immediately think of as autistic.
education  learning  psychology  2015  10-October  entertainment 
november 2015
Bringing it back home: Why state comparisons are more useful than international comparisons for improving U.S. education policy
A few years ago Gene Glass wrote (http://ed2worlds.blogspot.com/2012/12/where-in-world-is-carmen-sandiego.html) that rather than using international test data to compare ourselves to other countries (which our policymakers love to do), we should better understand the great variability of educational outcomes within our own country and learn what students and schools in higher-scoring areas are doing that's different. In this new report from the Economic Policy Institute, they recommend the same thing and add their findings to a growing body of evidence that shows that while average test scores across the U.S. might not rank at the top of the world, students in certain states or students of higher socioeconomic status in the U.S. score similarly to students in Finland or Singapore. So rather than think there's some "exotic" solution to import from a country on the other side of the world, maybe some of the keys to our educational troubles are already here and staring us in the face if we just focus on the variability within our own country.
education  policy  PISA  TIMSS  standardized_tests  math  science  Finland  NAEP  2015  10-October 
november 2015
Common Core Math is Not the Enemy
This is a nice short post promoting flexibility in our thinking about how computation should be taught. The truth is, whether we teach for flexibility or not, this kind of flexibility is present in people who are numerically and computationally fluent, and that this is a skill that can be learned when it is part of a well-designed curriculum. Of course, not all are convinced that mathematics education should look this way, and it's easy to pit algorithm vs. discovery in a false dichotomy. But that's unnecessary, just as making Common Core the enemy is unnecessary.
education  math  math_wars  standards  CCSS  arithmetic  2015  10-October 
october 2015
Evidence at the Crossroads Pt. 1: What Works, Tiered Evidence, and the Future of Evidence-based Policy
This looks like the start of a nice series of blog posts about research evidence use in schools from the William T. Grant Foundation. I like the setup here: about 10 years ago we made a big push for using "what works" and set high standards for high-quality research, mostly in the form of randomized controlled trials. Now we're seeing that research use in schools is more complex than that, and local school leaders need more information not about the average effects of a treatment, but how that treatment can be expected to work under their local conditions and the resources needed for quality implementation.
education  research  2015  10-October 
october 2015
Remember Your Old Graphing Calculator? It Still Costs a Fortune — Here's Why
As a math teacher, it was frustrating to tell high school students they needed to spend $100 or more on an outdated piece of technology that I knew was overpriced. That was more than 5 years ago, and math teachers are still telling their students this. Now, working on building digital curriculum, I have the frustration of knowing that the $100+ students spend on a calculator is probably better spent on a Chromebook or a cheap tablet, either of which is far more powerful than the calculator. However, these calculators fill a certain niche and their lack of power and connectivity makes them allowable during testing, a "feature" TI is happy to preserve as long as they can.
education  math  technology  money  2015  09-September 
october 2015
Easy reference guide to University of Queenslands' DENIAL101x videos
A student of the Denial101x MOOC on climate change denial made this handy index of all the videos in the course.
science  video  education  MOOC  2015  08-August  environment  weather_and_climate 
october 2015
Denver Post TV
One of the best parts of waiting in line to see the corpse flower was listening to horticulturist Aaron Sedivy, seen here in this video. At first I thought maybe he was just a super-knowledgeable person also waiting in line, but then I noticed his name tag and realized he was just visiting with different people and sharing information about the flower.
Colorado  Denver  2015  08-August 
october 2015
Thousands Stop to Smell a Flower (and Hope Not to Gag)
The long-awaited blooming of the Denver Botanic Gardens’ corpse flower, known for its potent stench, attracted long lines of curious observers. Thankfully I arrived at the Gardens early during a members-only viewing and waited a little more than an hour, compared to those who waited 3-5 hours later the same day.
Colorado  Denver  2015  08-August 
october 2015
Denver corpse flower draws strong crowds despite weak odor
I visited the Denver Botanic Gardens to see and smell the corpse flower and was a little disappointed by the lack of smell, but that didn't subtract much from the amazing sight of such an enormous flower.
Colorado  Denver  2015  08-August 
october 2015
Corpse Flower 2015
In August 2015 the Denver Botanic Gardens featured their first blooming of a corpse flower.
Colorado  Denver  2015  08-August 
october 2015
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