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Tutor, Business Owner, Technology innovator

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Making the website you teach your students to make

I'm all about showing students how to do things.  Lately I realized that students want to know if I made it (searching for relevancy). When pressed I usually show them this one.
It's of my first resource websites I built in grad school. See, I'm old enough to pay homage to the old school blackboard, but yet try to keep resources people can use.  I started the makings of a intermediate algebra curriculum, but that has gone on hold for now.

What I really need to do is reclaim my old website look and feel from when I did tutoirng online.  Before I lost my domain to Melbourne IT (I was not going to pay their $500+ maintenance fees), I had the darn site backed up with all of its pages, with one problem.
I no longer had a hosting module or website editor that I could redo these pages to post them back on a server and rekindle the website. I lost some of the embedded pictures, but it looks something like this:

It may have become inactive, but I think I may use a free domain site to rebuild it.

One tech tool I recently discovered on Windows 10 is the Windows Step recorder.  It makes showing steps on the screen easy!  That way when I do finish the website, I can use recorder to snap every step of the page and the direction its going (navigation).

That's all I have for now, as I am in Homecoming week and must get other things done.

Til I chalk again,

Mr. Shel

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Clearing cobwebs

  Let's face it. It's summer. No one wants to think about a class of 15-35 students who may or may not be excited about your class.

So what's your passion? Is it cleaning the cobs? But that's exactly what you do when something in your house hasn't been used in ages. What's the point?
I recently did a clean house project where I recycled the wood from my basement storage and turned it into shelving throughout the house. Why did I do it? I'd like to have an extra study away from the crowd. What you see is a reconstruction of that shelf at half the width and 2/3 the length.  On Facebook I called it my lean manufacturing skills put to use. I like to build! I like to repurpose!  

A contractor said it right when he told me it's more work to DIY as opposed to geting new. I'm not an Earth Day conservationist. But it taught me I can do it in small pieces. It gives me something to talk about when I bring up measurement, planning, and error.

Can you imagine that this was just storage? I might pop the wall (off left) out and make this room bigger. Why? To improve my house AND to create a chance to talk about math with my kids (not just measurement, but critical thinking). They even gave their own design ideas!

What are you doing to make you and yours pause and think of the possibilities you come across? After all, that's Global citizenship 101, and that's why I teach.

Til I chalk again, 
Mr. Shel 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Game time

It seems like you know when the season  or inside sports really takes swing; the appearance of practice jerseys lining the benches. What you don't see is the other things that develop when you're not looking.

For example, those who recognize this
should take pride in that recognition. So the old debate continues, what's more important, sports or academics? If you answered both, you are on the right track as long as you don't sacrifice one for the other.

The real question is this: what's your goal for being involved in either? I'm assuming you are involved, and if not GET INVOLVED. Yes, I metaphorically yelled, but that's the point. 

Remember the BCBS commercial that showed on the screen "Do something for 10 minutes every day." Do something for your mind and body, it might help you think more clearly about that Algebra problem.

Til I chalk again,

Mr. Shel