Posts tagged “Teaching”

Good idea, failed execution

One of the most common sources of misunderstanding in probability theory is the confusion of an abstract probability distribution with these representations. In an understandable desire to present concrete examples as early as possible, many introductory treatments of probability theory begin immediately with these representations only to end up muddling their relationship with the abstract […]

Have you really had an English class?

I’m looking for a new housemate right now and put up an ad on Craigslist.  I’ve been emailing back and forth with a few people and am pretty sure I’ll find someone by this weekend.  I’m trying not to discriminate based on grammar and spelling, but some of the responses I get are pretty terrible.  […]

What I’ve noticed

The US government conducted a huge raid for illegal immigrants in Postville, Iowa.  They haven’t explained why some are being deported and others are being jailed.  Wives of the arrested men have been fitted with leg monitoring bracelets and basically been told “You can’t work, you can’t leave and can’t stay.”  The local Roman Catholic […]


My students in China got to choose their own names. For the youngest students who didn’t know any English, I gave them a few options and they would choose the one that sounded nicest. At some point though, they would get tired of that name and change it. I started teaching “Brett” in his first […]