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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Blogging on Blogging

I didn't get to cover as much ground in class as I would have liked today but WOW! I thought it was a great class!

Today was the first day I really felt as though people were talking to me. There was a chorus of people answering questions and students "taking risks" by offering answers even when they weren't sure they were right. I have a lot of respect for people who take risks; try new things and generally experiment with the boundaries of their comfort zone. To all of you who took a risk today, as they say in french, chapeau. ;-)

We were talking about exactly what sort of post you're supposed to make to get that mark on your test and I tried to give you an answer in class. The kind of post I'd like you to make should have one or more of these characteristics:

  • A reflection on a particular class (like the first two paragraphs above).
  • A reflective comment on your progress in the course.
  • A comment on something that you've learned that you thought was "cool".
  • A comment about something that you found very hard to understand but now you get it! Describe what sparked that "moment of clarity" and what it felt like.
  • Have you come across something we discussed in class out there in the "real world" or another class? Describe the connection you made.
  • Respond to a Blogging Prompt I posted. (see below)
Your posts do not have to be long. I'm far more interested in the quality of what you write rather than the quantity.

Blogging Prompt
To help us along our blogging journey I've decided that I will also occasionally post a Blogging Prompt. It will be easy to find because I'll always put it under a heading like the one above this paragraph. Feel free to create your own Blogging Prompt for the rest of us if you like. If it's a really good one (i.e. has rich possibilities for blogging) we'll count it as your post. ;-) Here's my first one:

We've learned how to measure angles using both radians and degrees. Blog a brief paragraph identifing ways in which these two types of measurement are similar. Blog a second paragraph outlining the ways in which they are different.

This sort of compare and contrast exercise can be made easier to do using Venn Diagrams. Draw two large overlapping circles. List the similarities in the overlapping section and the differences in the appropriate non-overlapping sections. If you like, you can use this web tool to do it online. If you do blog about this prompt and want to post your diagram we'll talk about how to post pictures sometime in class. ;-)

Happy Blogging!

Post Script or Bonus Info For Late Night Bloggers!
I had meant to hand out this assignment in class today but I forgot. I'll hand it out in tomorrow's class. You late night bloggers can get a jump on it if you wish by downloading it now.



At 2/09/2005 9:31 p.m., Blogger xun said...

because if you use your calculator, it says
(-5100)/360=14.16666667 so, when 360*14, it gives 14 times 360 and has 0.16666667 left. because -5100 is negative, so you have to plus something to get back the circle. It is a different way that from Mr. K did in class. 2000( degree)=2000-5*360=200 and because 180+20=200, so 2000(degree)=20
I feel it is easy to do it without using calculator.


At 2/09/2005 10:23 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's very nice of you xun (^_^)

At 2/09/2005 10:35 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, i didn't know that being a late night blogger has some benifits at all! (^_^)i will download this assignment and try to do this one, unless i am already sleepy...(-_-)zzZz...

At 2/09/2005 10:37 p.m., Blogger Adrien G said...

Is there any reason why a circle would have more the a 360 degree angle.
WE are looking at finding coterminal angles with an excess of 360 degrees. What application in the real world would require an angle of more then 360 degrees?

At 2/09/2005 11:15 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

What application in the real world would require an angle of more then 360 degrees? IF you're a basketball player in NBA and you want a winning move for a slam-dunk competition... a 360-degree turn and dunk will be a nice one, so knowing an angle more than 360 degrees will be pretty handy sometimes, don't you think? And maybe for a soldier.. or for a reckless driver...

At 2/09/2005 11:28 p.m., Blogger Annabel said...

i am more confused about how to do a post? or a what? where are we suppose to make the thingy that mr k is saying to do. i understand the criteria ( i spelt that wrong =( ) but i dont understand how to do it? is this where i am suppose to do it? i am so confused. HELP HAHAH!
oh fyi: mr k u are like speedy gonzalas ... but its nice to know that u ask if we understand it or not. BAHAHAHAHAHA
btw my sister doesnt know what a blogger is BAHAHAHAHAHA how funny ... this is what 4.5 hrs of doing surveys over the phone will do to a person. oh gotta do that stick and shadow thingy

At 2/09/2005 11:40 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

me too, im confused about the blogging promp... are we suppose to post a paragraph, or draw venn diagrams? i think venn diagrams sounds easy....

At 5/18/2005 5:31 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

todays class was fun how we all got together in groups and shared our answers. i feel i can ask questions that way than asking questions in front of the class. so im glad we were in groups today it was fun. im not really sure how to blog this and what to say when this is my first time so i'll just leave it here.


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