## The Struggle of Learning Process

It might be my head-cold talking but this is a really good way of visualizing the learning process for kids and even adults.

You’re faced with a problem and a goal.
You have the capability to solve the problem but you don’t know it.
You try and you struggle;
You feel the difficulty push back until you try something new.
Now the problem is solved and goal is sweetened with the benefits.

## What Do You Think?

I’m curious to see what you guys have to say.

## Think About It: “If you could travel through time…”

A lot of times I wonder what it would be like if a single person travelled to the past or to the future. What kind of questions would the time traveler ask the people of the of the culture at that time?

If a person travelled from the past to our time, do you think the traveler would ask if we’ve attained peace yet, as first of many questions?

Have we used our time wisely and efficiently enough to solve our problems?

Are we where we want to be as people? As a species?

## GEOGEBRA 3D IS HERE!….. OH THE IRONY!

I’m so excited to check out GeoGebra5. I just find it very ironic that the day it is released is the same day I’m admitted to the hospital.

## The Satisfaction of a Job Well Done

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A few days ago, I got a call from my uncle, Jerry, asking me if I could tutor his daughter, my cousin, Tayler.  Of course I agreed!  According to my uncle, my cousin was feeling very frustrated with the material in the classroom and more at home trying to understand.  So frustrated nearly to the point of tears.  So she took some time to cool off and clear her head for about an hour.

I put this flowchart together years ago to help our students become familiar and identify quadrilaterals and their properties using side lengths and the slopes of the sides.  The information is usually gathered from a gridded Cartesian graph or sets of ordered pair vertices of the quadrilateral.

#### Information Needed or to be Derived:

Points:
$(x_1, y_1) \text{ and } (x_2, y_2)$

Pythagorean Theorem:
$\displaystyle c^2 = a^2 + b^2$
$\displaystyle \text{side length}=\sqrt{(\Delta x)^{2}+(\Delta y)^{2}}$
$\displaystyle \text{side length} = \sqrt{(x_{2}-x_{1})^2+(y_{2}-y_{1})^2}$

Slope:
$m=\frac{\Delta y}{\Delta x} = \frac{y_2-y_1}{x_2-x_1}$