KC Mowrey's Blog (12)


Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Good book with some interesting potential applications for testing. 

 I was thinking of applying this to what we do immediately before we give a test. 

How does that "set up" (if we do any)- impact our students to do their best.


BLINK is a fast read.  It gives the science behind why Gibb's gut works on NCIS.


Does anyone have a ritual to get their students in a good frame of mind to test well.


For a…


Added by KC Mowrey on March 30, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments

Book readers / Kindles for Printed Texts

There are pilot programs going on.  We will probably be seeing more of these in the future.  I found this example on line Clearwater, Florida is trading in textbooks for kindles.  The economics make sense.


There are many articles about this... this one caught my eye-- the math is compelling…


Added by KC Mowrey on February 13, 2011 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Rethinking the Mathematics Curriculum

This echos my own opinion

Endless Algebra—the Deadly Pathway from High School Mathematics to College Mathematics

Shaughnessy_52010 by NCTM President J. Michael Shaughnessy

NCTM Summing Up, February 2011 

For some time I have been concerned about the mathematics that we are teaching our K–12 students and whether it will prepare them for the problems and…


Added by KC Mowrey on February 12, 2011 at 9:15am — No Comments

Linear vs Square measure.... so double the square---the Pythagorean theorem from another direction

 It sounds so simple--

Draw a square.

Now draw a square with twice the area.


It is very hard not to get 4x the area as an answer from you students.


Figuring out that you need to use the diagaonal of the original unit square   or √2

as the new side of the square that is twice as big...

Thus the new square is now √2 x √2 and the new area is indeed twice the unit area.


This is counterintuitive but a good discussion…


Added by KC Mowrey on January 21, 2011 at 7:12pm — No Comments

The Test Chinese Schools Still Fail ----Why rote is good but only to a point......



This is an op-ed but worth the read . 

It reinforces that  what we are trying to do in A4A is not only worth the effort but necessary for the furthering of our…


Added by KC Mowrey on January 9, 2011 at 9:28am — 2 Comments

Pandora- Mannheim Steamroller

When I sit at my computer working alone

I usually turn on


once there I always select "Mannheim Steamroller"

or "Mannheim Steamroller-- holiday"

it is mostly instrumentals

but usually by artists I have never heard of.

It just lightens the mood as I slave over correcting papers.


Added by KC Mowrey on December 11, 2010 at 11:41am — No Comments

The acutal cost of the gifts in the song "The 12 Days of Christmas"

PNC Christmas Price Index


For the past 27 years, PNC Wealth Management has illustrated the cost of all the gifts involved in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

This year, PNC has created an online pop-up book filled with animated gifts, an interactive chart, and games…


Added by KC Mowrey on December 3, 2010 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Conceptualizing Large Numbers - the Federal Budget

Recently Obama announced that over the next 90-days he is going to…

Added by KC Mowrey on December 2, 2010 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Math is not Linear-----Commentary on how we teach math.... wish I'd said that

This was shared by a honorable member of our PLC-Professional Learning Community


Added by KC Mowrey on November 18, 2010 at 7:34am — 2 Comments

Rene Descartes

"We never understand a thing so well, and make it our own,

as when we have discovered it for ourselves."
- Rene Descartes

Added by KC Mowrey on November 8, 2010 at 7:08am — No Comments

CC- Core Curriculum- the new national standards

The Cadillac math department 7-12 spent our second session- an all day session - realigning our curriculum to the new national standards. There is still an insistence to inject complex numbers and logarithms into Algebra 1. That does not seem possible at this time.

However because the 7th grade has had an infusion of good teachers- the students that we are seeing in 8th grade are coming in so much better prepared that we are revamping our 8th grade pacing guide to reflect that. We had…


Added by KC Mowrey on November 3, 2010 at 6:54am — 3 Comments

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