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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 22 2008,23:19   

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A in Spanish though (100 average and 100 on the final), A in English,

Have you decided which language you are going to learn?

Yes. Portugese, because it's a mixture of French and Spanish. I took French in high school, so when I'm done with Spanish, all I have to do is mix the words together, right?


right?

(Where's AFDaveyDoodles when you need him?????

Cien por ciento es muy belo, hombre.

Mixing Spanish and Portuguese might not be such a good idea.  I learned Spanish growing up in Venezuela, so when I moved to Brazil, I spoke "Espangues" for the longest time, gradually shifting to "Portanhol". It took 12 years to finally master Brazilian Portuguese.

Nah, I was making a callback joke. We had this creobot here for a while named AFDave who insisted, argued with the resident linguists even, that Portuguese was a mixture of French and Spanish.

He was ... stubbornly ignorant, to put it mildly.

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 23 2008,16:23   

I got my report card in the mail today.



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 23 2008,16:34   

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I got my report card in the mail today.



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Just out of curiousity, what exactly do you do in an algebra lab?  It isn't like you can put X in a test tube or anything.

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 23 2008,16:50   

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Just out of curiousity, what exactly do you do in an algebra lab?  It isn't like you can put X in a test tube or anything.

It was supposed to be a time to work problems with the instructor right at hand.

It turned out to be mostly a waste of time, in my opinion. What would happen is that the instructor would hand us a "lab", a worksheet three or four pages long with 20 or 30 problems on it. Then she would put the final answers up on the overhead, and we would copy them onto the worksheet. Then we'd take it home and do it for homework, with the answers to guide us.

It was sometimes helpful in the sense that we got instant feedback on completing the problem, by seeing if we got the right answer.

On the other hand, I never got why she just didn't put the answers on there before printing the thing out, so that we could spend the lab time doing the problems with her there to answer questions and provide assistance, which was the intended purpose of the lab.

As it was, it was a wasted 60 minutes, (30 minutes twice a week), and a doubling of our homework.

Edited to correct the schedule.

Edited by Lou FCD on Dec. 23 2008,17:56

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 23 2008,19:40   

I couldn't help but notice you suck at Bible study and penmanship!

Not so smart now, are you, smart guy?

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 05 2009,20:54   

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I couldn't help but notice you suck at Bible study and penmanship!

Not so smart now, are you, smart guy?

lol

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 05 2009,20:58   

So I filled out my W4s and other employment papers today, after which they sent us to the Security office for our new ID cards.

It's a lovely ID card which looks exactly like my student ID only with "Staff" where the other one says "Student", and I got my staff parking sticker.

I asked about the stick for beating the students, but the bastards told me I have to have tenure before I get that, and I'm not allowed to Expel anyone until I have tenure, either.

I'm thinking I should organize a strike.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 05 2009,21:38   

Ya ya, give 'em hell, Lou!   :)

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 05 2009,21:40   

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I'm thinking I should organize a strike.


But, the problem with that is that you'd need that stick before being able to strike something with it. So that plan won't work. ;)

Henry

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 05 2009,21:52   

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I'm thinking I should organize a strike.


But, the problem with that is that you'd need that stick before being able to strike something with it. So that plan won't work. ;)

Henry

Damn you and your logic!

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 06 2009,11:44   

:O

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 06 2009,14:59   

A bit thunderstruck...

I'm giving my first introduction of the PASS program to 111 students this morning, and am writing my contact info on the board. I mention something like, "The only real difference between me and all of you is that I've already taken this course for a grade, and I did well...", when Doc interrupts me.

"I want to say something here," he begins. "Last semester, we had three sections of Biology 111, adding up to about 60 students. There was one A, and the man who got it is standing at the board."

What the hell do you even say to that? Totally threw my presentation. Of course I knew I got an A because it was on my report card, but I had no clue I got the only A.

I'm not sure if I feel more shameless pride about it or distress for the other students or sadness about the state of our high school science programs, but there was no way in hell I could keep it to myself.

In any event, I got a pretty enthusiastic response in the 8:00 section, but less so in the 1:30 section. Might be an after lunch thing, or maybe just a more prepared (and thus confident) bunch because almost all the 1:30 students are Science majors. Doc says he picked up on it too, without even having seen the interest surveys. It'll be interesting to see how those two sections compare over the course of the semester.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 06 2009,15:57   

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A bit thunderstruck...

I'm giving my first introduction of the PASS program to 111 students this morning, and am writing my contact info on the board. I mention something like, "The only real difference between me and all of you is that I've already taken this course for a grade, and I did well...", when Doc interrupts me.

"I want to say something here," he begins. "Last semester, we had three sections of Biology 111, adding up to about 60 students. There was one A, and the man who got it is standing at the board."

What the hell do you even say to that? Totally threw my presentation. Of course I knew I got an A because it was on my report card, but I had no clue I got the only A.

I'm not sure if I feel more shameless pride about it or distress for the other students or sadness about the state of our high school science programs, but there was no way in hell I could keep it to myself.

In any event, I got a pretty enthusiastic response in the 8:00 section, but less so in the 1:30 section. Might be an after lunch thing, or maybe just a more prepared (and thus confident) bunch because almost all the 1:30 students are Science majors. Doc says he picked up on it too, without even having seen the interest surveys. It'll be interesting to see how those two sections compare over the course of the semester.

Case closed: you've earned your stick.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 11 2009,08:38   

Thank you Khan. I've really been looking forward to the stick. I'm going carve my initials in it.

Bio 112 is going to be a big adjustment. The teaching style of my new instructor (Doc II) is radically different. Rather than passing out information, Doc II is more... conversational. Was it Aristotle that did the 'walk and talk' thing with his students? Apart from actually walking around campus during class, this is more like my new instructor's technique.

I'm enjoying it thoroughly, in a completely different way than Doc I's class, but I'm concerned I'm not taking effective notes. So far it's been introductory review stuff for the most part, but I'm nervous anyway.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 11 2009,15:09   

Point out that the theory of grading is just that - a theory!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 13 2009,13:18   

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Point out that the theory of grading is just that - a theory!

Cheeze thanks you!

Or maybe my speelings' off? Appoplexies if i hert yer pheelings.
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 13 2009,14:55   

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Point out that the theory of grading is just that - a theory!

lol

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 13 2009,15:10   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Jan. 06 2009,12:59)
A bit thunderstruck...

I'm giving my first introduction of the PASS program to 111 students this morning, and am writing my contact info on the board. I mention something like, "The only real difference between me and all of you is that I've already taken this course for a grade, and I did well...", when Doc interrupts me.

"I want to say something here," he begins. "Last semester, we had three sections of Biology 111, adding up to about 60 students. There was one A, and the man who got it is standing at the board."

HA HA THIS IS LOU:



Everybody! Let's GET HIM!



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 26 2009,23:04   

I finally got started with the spring semester here.  I set out for the "U" at oh-dark-and-cold-hundred (6:00 a.m.) with a 45 min. walk in -6 F. weather.  :O  The rest of the day went well, though.

Already had one test in Sed/Strat.  Nobody was ready for that, for sure.  Even me.

So far the only course that has me scared is Beginning German.  The first day seemed, to me, to be a lot like learning how to swim by being thrown into a lake.  Swim or die, I think you get the picture.  

Sorry if this is outside of the thread, Lou; but you and I are both in the same boat, it's just a lot colder here.  :)  And I do hope that it's going well for you this semester, too.  I'm sure we'll both do well, bud!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 27 2009,05:38   

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Sorry if this is outside of the thread, Lou; but you and I are both in the same boat, it's just a lot colder here.  :)  

Oh, is your name Shackleton, too?



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 27 2009,15:03   

You're good, Jeff. I've just been swamped. The semester is going well and I'm enjoying the hell out of sitting in those Bio 111 classes.

I watch the other students as much as I watch Doc. The hardest thing is not blurting out answers to the questions he poses in class.

He wants to teach and get them to think about Biology. I want to talk about Biology and learn stuff they're not ready for.

He wins. I pout and sit on my hands.

I'm going to need a roll of duct tape soon though, so I can tape my mouth shut.

:)

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 27 2009,15:17   

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I'm going to need a roll of duct tape soon though, so I can tape my mouth shut.

:)


  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 27 2009,16:47   

Actually, CarlsonJOK, it's more like this:



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 27 2009,16:57   

Lou, you wrote:

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I watch the other students as much as I watch Doc. The hardest thing is not blurting out answers to the questions he poses in class.


I kinda know what you mean.  Myself, I'm noticing a big difference between myself and the other students, age-wise.  F'rinstance, I had to explain in my Beginning German class why I didn't like the Scorpions, and my answer amounted to, well, I grew up listening to REAL rock bands.  A few of their eyes got big at that one.  I should be more diplomatic, I guess.  :)

The instructor just got back from a visit to Riga, Latvia; so I'll have to be careful about my cold-warrior-speak.  That, or mentioning things like the GDR.  :O

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 27 2009,20:17   

"Give em hell!"

No, he just tells them the truth and they think it's hell!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 03 2009,14:36   

Occasionally I link sincere evolution-haters to this thread, Lou, if I think they might have moderately open minds.

I recommend they start from the beginning and see what they think afterwards.

I think the big issues are intractable but at least we may all move towards, e.g., the understanding of a Michael Behe, which is not so far off the beam that it would actually retard our ability to educate people in biology.

This may seem a poor example/comparison, but I've decided for myself that I think string theory is a nonproductive research program in particle physics. That given, at least some of the string theorists reject the dependence on the landscape and the anthropic principle. I still think the residual is not productive, but the current landscape, etc., self-described Rube Goldberg system, which lacks predictiveness and testability, is actively retarding progress in theoretical physics.

The idea of evolution most evolution-haters have is so far from correct that they're shadowboxing with stuff that was barely the case 150 years ago, IMO.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 03 2009,14:46   

I'm flattered, Marion. I hope I'm doing a decent job.

*sigh*

I guess that means I should put down the paint roller and finish this up then.

:)

(I'm waiting on the latest coat of paint on my bedroom walls to dry anyway...)

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 03 2009,15:26   

Does that make for good watching?

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 03 2009,15:57   

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Does that make for good watching?

It's better than watching the drywall mud dry, for sure. That REALLY sucked.







That's an Old Burgundy base coat of flat latex, with a top coat of sponged on Merlot semigloss latex.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 09 2009,17:04   

Hey, no wonder you look a bit worn out in teh pix !^)
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