Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blog Closed

Since I no longer teach, this blog has served its purpose and is now obsolete.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Sunday, September 07, 2008


Contrary to what I've advertised, there's no lectures online yet. I'm still working on a way to best get the content on this blog. I'd like the videos to be short and to the point. Last year's screencasts were 15 to 30 minutes long. From time to time, I'd watch one of my own lectures and get bored in no time. So my goal is 5 to 10 minutes. Granted, I can't go as in depth as we do in class but I think I can get the main points across. Check back or subscribe for updates.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Grades and Assignments

It's been a busy start to the year. So I haven't had the chance to keep things up-to-date. An important change is how I publish grades and assignments. I used to embed them within blog posts. It was slick but kind of annoying. Whenever I made a change to the Google spreadsheet, I had to do extra work on the blog to make it fit and look right. It's too much tedium for someone as obsessive-compulsive as myself. So I'm just going to link to the spreadsheet itself. I hate to send you away from the blog to check grades or assignments but it's the cleanest way to do it.

Anyway, it's all up and running and the links are at the top of the right sidebar. I'll update it about every other day, if not daily. And remember, I care about your character, not your grades.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Classroom Rules

Here's the 2008-2009 revision of The Twenty Commandments. I shouldn't have to spell out the classroom rules as specifically as I do, but experience tells me that "Be Respectful" needs a tad more explanation.

On Classroom Conduct
1. Enter class on time, sit down in your assigned seat, have your signed homework or returned quizzes ready for collection, and follow any on-screen instructions.
2. Take notes for all lectures in a composition book used for Math only.
3. Do not be out of uniform.
4. Do not touch anyone else’s property.
5. Do not move or vandalize any furniture.
6. Do not litter.
7. Do not leave your seat without permission.
8. Do not ask me to go to the office or another classroom.
9. Do not eat food, candy, or chew gum.
10. Do not pack your books before the bell rings.

On Speaking Respectfully
11. Do not speak unless it concerns Math content.
12. Do not speak negatively about or towards each other or tell each other what to do.
13. Do not use disrespectful body language.
14. Make and keep eye contact when talking or listening to someone.
15. Do not call me from across the room. When asking or answering a question, you must raise your hand and wait to be acknowledged before speaking.
16. When addressing me, use one of the following: Mr. Abraham, Mr. Abe, or Sir.
17. Don’t ask ridiculous questions.
18. Don’t give ridiculous answers.
19. All answers must be stated in detailed, grammatically correct, complete sentences.
20. When being corrected, do not say, “But they…” Talk to me after class if you would like to report another student’s misbehavior.