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Do You Take Notes?


Taking Notes

When I'm in meetings of various sorts, I often take notes. I guess that's how I ended up being the secretary of the deacons so many years at church. It's probably a hold-over from my student days, but jotting down notes also helps me pay better attention.

This past Sunday morning we saw a news clip about people who doodle as they take notes. If you'd like to see the clip, here's a link to it. I've never been a doodler. I guess my artistic expression shows up in other forms.

I don't usually get to see the notes that my students take in class, but if the following is an accurate reflection, the notes may be full of misunderstandings, missstatements, and wrong conclusions. It could also explain why a student sometimes says, "Well, in my notes I have that you said...." I want to say, "Well, if it's in your notes, I must have said that," with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek. But I don't, being the nice man that I am. 🙂

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When the professor says:

"Probably the greatest quality of the poetry of John Milton, who was born in 1608, is the combination of beauty and power. Few have excelled him in the use of the English language, or for that matter, in lucidity of verse form, 'Paradise Lost' being said to be the greatest single poem ever written."

Student writes: John Milton — born 1608

When the professor says:
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Don’t You Love Express Lanes?!


Since I'm not much of a shopper, my trips to stores often find me with only several items in my hands or cart. If there's no self-checkout, I usually try to go through the express lane. But that often presents at least a few frustrations, as depicted so well in the following pie chart.

Express Lane Realities

I could add several more wedges to that pie, such as wanting to pay by check or credit card when the sign clearly states "cash only," wanting to leave their cart to run and grab another item quickly, and many more. What wedges would you add to that pie chart?

Since I'm a bit of a grammar Nazi, I still bristle at the verbiage on most express lane signs, as shown in the chart above — using the word "less" with a plural noun instead of using "fewer." Here's how several people have tried to remedy that situation.

Fewer Added

10 Items Or Fewer Cartoon

Several stores actually get it right, as seen in the signs below:
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Faulty Conclusions


Bad Math Conclusion

Why do we have a tendency to reach faulty conclusions? The reasons are varied and numerous. They include faulty information, incomplete information, preconceived ideas, taking too little time to analyze the information well, and poor skills in logic, among many others. In math classes we have the opportunity to develop logical thinking, but as shown in the picture above, we still often reach illogical conclusions.

Today's post looks at several examples of faulty conclusions. The first is is very short:

A woman reported, "The bishop came to our church today, but I don't think he was a real bishop. He never once moved diagonally."
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Children’s Letters to God


Last evening in the service on campus, Rand Hummel read some letters that children have written to God. Being around our grandchildren has reminded us of how guileless children are. They say what's on their minds with innocent truthfulness.

I did some searching in my files and am sharing the ones someone sent me quite a while back.

L2GJoyce

L2GLarry
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Beloit’s List of the Mindset of the Class of 2017


This week, as we are in Faculty In-Service at school and consider this new year of teaching, my thoughts always turn to the list posted each year at beloit.edu/mindset As I begin my 41st year of teaching, I know that I keep getting older each year while most of my students are between the ages of 18 and 22. Increasingly my range of experiences is vastly different from theirs.

Senior Freshman Meme

Our children Megan and Mark have taught or are teaching in elementary school. Both of them have students from their first year of teaching who are now college students. In some ways it's funny to hear them bemoan that those "kids" are now in college, especially since my first class of French 1 students are now eligible for senior discounts in some places! It's all a matter of one's perspective.

Today's post is about the perspective of this year's incoming freshman college students. Below is one of the introductory paragraphs on Beloit's site, followed by my favorite factoids from their list. Keep in mind that some of these statements haven't been true for the whole lives of these young people. For some things, it's simply all that the young people can remember.
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