Random Thoughts Or Comments
Posted 06 November 2019 - 14:42
Posted 16 November 2019 - 17:48
Many years ago, a labour party member came to our house and my then teenage sister answered the door. He asked to speak to her mum, and she said "I don't have a mum" His response, "Don't be silly, everyone has a mum", given just a few weeks after her death, left such an impression on my sister that she has never even considered voting for labour.
This week, a couple of labour party members came to my door while I was teaching. I told them I was teaching and needed to go, but they wouldn't leave. My pupil commented: "I won't ever vote for them because they were rude"
Perhaps they should think a little more about future voters who are still forming their opinions?
Posted 16 November 2019 - 18:11
Indeed so. I had this once from the road steward of our local residents’ association, who walked back down our path haranguing me as she went, because I was rude enough to be expecting a student when she called, and did not have time to talk to her.
Most people just don’t understand ‘working from home’.
Posted 26 November 2019 - 12:30
If you leave a yellow duster in the pile of cleaning cloths, and then boil-wash them, everything turns a strange shade of yellow...
Posted 26 November 2019 - 13:20
Commiserations zwhe. And if you leave your mobile phone in your jeans pocket and wash them at 40° - you have to buy a new one!
Posted 26 November 2019 - 14:40
Ooops! At least mine is just cleaning cloths, and doesn't really matter, except it is a really sickly colour! I wish your new phone a long and dry life!
Posted 26 November 2019 - 15:50
This is why I love my home schooled pupils. They think much more freely, and have learned what they know thoroughly. They might not have the breadth of knowledge that children who attend school have, but the subjects that they've studied are well understood. Of course, this may just be my experience rather than being generally true.
Unfortunately zwhe it is normal. Part of the problem is that the decimal system is taught earlier than fractions in many cases - certainly in the junior school where I work. It is quite usual for pupils to tell me that a quaver is point five of a crotchet. I don't think that matters too much but of course later they get stuck with that system as well because fractions work s omuch better for music. But in general and despite all the things people say to the contrary, anyone who has spent years teaching knows that standards have declined. I too have spent many a music lesson teaching maths. I am horrified when I find top juniors cannot read the relatively simple words of a song and as for getting anyone to reply to a question with a fully thought out and clearly expressed answer (even if it is wrong) - well I struggle with that every time I teach!
Posted 27 November 2019 - 08:14
Kids who learn decimals and don't master fractions well also fall down later when they get past the initial stages of algebra. Reviewing fractions is on my things-to-check when tutoring maths at any level including undergraduates (once tutored an engineering student).
Posted 27 November 2019 - 09:54
Posted 29 November 2019 - 16:29
Just been checking theory results in case they've lost count of the weeks and let the results out early. (No they haven't )
Posted 29 November 2019 - 20:33
in defence of modern primary schools, my kid is much better at fractions than his mother.
Posted 30 November 2019 - 13:18
Dyscalculia is a nightmare!
Yesterday it stopped me from being able to count properly at a local Italian restaurant when we were paying for the meal.