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Machine Learning…for Kids?

Over the last decade, Machine Learning and AI have become common terms and tools that can be applied to most problems. So many things we interact with have some form of a machine learning component to aid in the process. Fraud detection helps keeps your bank accounts safer Route optimization gets you to your destination…

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Procrustean Beds and Tutors

There’s a Greek myth that describes a son of Poseidon named Procrustes. He had an iron bed with the imprint of what he considered to be the “proper man.” Rather grimly, Procrustes would capture wavering travelers and force them to conform to that imprint. If they were too short, he would stretch them until they…

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Finding Your Kid’s New Normal

From my experience, and I hope I’m not alone in this, becoming a teacher was a very scary goal. The best teachers make it look effortless and have a wealth of knowledge in not only their subject but in all the soft skills of controlling a classroom, inspiring their students, and doing what it takes…

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Safe or Beneficial?

I remember overhearing a gentleman in a waiting room venting that someone he knew was meditating, which was obviously (to him) an evil, eastern practice. After half-yelling about that, he went on to talk about the news of the day for about thirty minutes. I couldn’t help but smile to myself at the irony: he…

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Is Online Learning for Me?

Making a decision about what online learning platform to choose for your child is important.   Prior to COVID forcing schools to go virtual, there were many products available.  One beneficial outcome of school closures is that options for online learning have expanded.  Caregivers still have questions about quality, safety, and whether their investment has…

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We do

Teaching is more than just teaching. It’s about a third of it. If it stopped with teaching, or direct instruction, kids would essentially be information receptacles. Still, I knew as a teacher that I couldn’t just hand them a worksheet and say, “Now that I’ve taught you this, please go ahead and apply it.” Teachers…

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Lesson (re)Learned

There is a teacher shortage in the US, and it’s worse than we thought (of course). According to the U.S. Department of Education, 40+ states in the US report some significant degree of shortage of mathematics teachers in particular, leaving some to question whether the profession is worthwhile. Compounding all things, COVID-19 has also disrupted…

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Games & Review

After college, I taught English online to Chinese students as part time work. From pre-k to high school, I was in front of my computer before dawn talking about prepositions to kids with a wide range of attitudes: some happy to be there, others beaten from a hard day at school only to be forced…

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The Secret Sauce Behind Learnatric

“A threshold concept can be considered as akin to a portal, opening up a new and previously inaccessible way of thinking about something. It represents a transformed way of understanding, or interpreting, or viewing something without which the learner cannot progress. As a consequence of comprehending a threshold concept there may thus be a transformed…

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Recess vs. Tutor

I worked as an apprentice teacher in fifth grade when I began teaching. In the first few weeks, it became apparent that a student, let’s call him Michael, was struggling to read and even felt shameful about the fact. He made it clear that recess was his favorite activity (and P.E. just after that) and…