Tuesday, August 22, 2006

As a grad student at U Wisconsin - Madison we have to TA various math classes. This fall I've volunteered myself for one of the education-majors classes. Up to this point I have intentionally tried to teach the highest level classes possible, since these classes tend to get the best students, and invovle the most interesting material, but i decided that if I am going to be involved in education, I should find out more about what goes on at lower levels of the education tree.

Apparently there are a lot of changes being made to the way that math is taught, and there is much controversy about these changes. From what I understand, reform-minded people are trying to encourage problem solving, and group activities over repetition, and individual exercises.

It turns out however that this class is just now undergoing a redesign. In the meantime I get to teach this year with minimal guidance from the math department. Which might be nice for an instructor with some experience who might have some ideas that he has always wanted to try.... but I am not that guy. I'm a guy that has never taught a course like this, and who is worried about not screwing things up. So I'm a little bit stressed right now. I think I'll just stick with tradition and try to teach the class the same way last semester's instructors taught it. I think it will be enough of a chalenge to try to adapt to the different style of teaching that these classes supposedly require (group activities, skipping, singing kumbaya, etc).

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Today I finally emailed my cousin. Writing to family members is always brutal because I have to do it in spanish. Of course, I could just write them in english and they would all understand it, but then I would lose face over my illiteracy in my family's language.

Friday, February 24, 2006

I had a hard time coming up with a title for my blog.
I wanted to call it The Angry Dome or The Blurst of Times, but both were already taken.
Then I came up with a shortlist of names:

gettin' diggy wit it
mo' diggy mo' problems
this things i believe
Bats: the big bug scourge of the sky
forward, not backward, upward not forward
^^vv<><>ab select start

they're all good blog titles... feel free to use them for your own blog.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

This is my new blog. I don't know what I'm going to put on it: photos? diet tips? cool music?... we'll see.