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I had promised to buy the full version of Minecraft for my son for his birthday. He had to wait a while as his mid-year tests just ended yesterday.

He now has a copy of the game as well as a copy of some rules we have written together.

We wrote these simple rules while we were out for dinner last night. As we were on the move, we used Evernote on my iPhone to jot down our thoughts.

My son wants it printed out so that he can decorate the document with his drawings of Minecraft artefacts.

I will have to see if this overall strategy of self and external regulation works.

There are two things I like about Twitter: Meeting new tweeps (Twitter people) and meeting tweeps in person for the first time.

Here is a conversation that I had with someone new. I started by sharing a blog entry by Lisa Lane.

I think that the strategy that @audreac has is one way to go. Serendipitously, @serenacheong shared an ERIC article on teacher communities:

That said, it is worth noting that the model presented in the paper is descriptive and not prescriptive.

So here is my diagnosis and early prescription. While some old community rules and practices might apply, not all will. If you are in a new place with a new culture, you learn the new rules or shape them as they emerge. It is an opportunity to try something new instead of falling back on old practices. New school, new rules.

BTW, I used Hootsuite to capture the conversation as the new Twitter is terrible at it. At the moment it is only good for highlighting single tweets.

I posted this Math question at my son’s blog about three weeks ago. It turned into an English lesson (I had a discussion with my 6-year-old about the word ambiguous) and a lesson on an aspect of critical thinking.

This was one of his easier Math questions that his teacher assigned him, but it was ambiguous thanks to the use of English in the question.

Math teachers will insist that the 8th boy is on the 7th boy’s right. From the reader’s perspective, it is.

But consider this from the 7th boy’s perpective, i.e., the right side of that boy. If he extended his right arm to put it around someone, he would get pally with the 6th boy. The 7th boy’s right is to your left. The “apostrophe s” makes the perspective the boy’s, not yours!

To make the question less ambiguous (and to reinforce Math logic), it could have simply rephrased, The ____ boy is on the right of the 7th boy.

When my son did this worksheet at home, he got stuck with it and consulted me on it. I illustrated the Math logic and we role played the language logic. He came to the same conclusion as I did but he was marked wrong.

I guessed that he would be told that he had the wrong answer, but I think he learnt more than just Math. Now he knows not to follow rules blindly.

In fact, he spots and corrects the occasional errors in grammar, punctuation or logic in his worksheets. But we tell him not to be too blatant about it. After all, not all teachers want to learn from their students. It’s a sad lesson in life…


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