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About andatfoothill

I teach at Foothill

Magic!

One time during my grad student days I had dinner. Unbelievable, yes, but true. With a friend. Yes, even more incredible, but true. At a restaurant. Now I’m really pushing it, aren’t I? Well, ok, since we’re over the top, … Continue reading

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Baseless Arguments

Yippee! I get to reflect on one more thing this week. Thanks to Charles Witschorik’s feedback. He got me thinking about Basis in induction. That he did. Learning a new language Every quarter, predictably, at least one student asks me … Continue reading

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Lateral thoughts on Math Induction, and the Importance of Having Fun.

Today I taught my class about recursion in computer science. As a precursor to this important topic, I also review the concept of Mathematical Induction. For those not in STEM, even if symbolic logic isn’t your cup of tea and … Continue reading

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Anxiety Meltdown

Anxiety meltdowns are no fun. I’m sure you’ve had them at some point in your life. Especially if you were a student. Or child. Or parent. Or teacher. Or employee… Or HUMAN. If you’ve had one (which you probably have), … Continue reading

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Starting Trouble

Lao Tzu said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Likewise, an article of a thousand pages starts with a single sentence. Yep! But although I didn’t plan on writing much over 25 sentences, it … Continue reading

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Mindful At Foothill

Today, more than ever it seems, students are most in need of ways to cope with anxiety and stress. Mindfulness is an excellent tool to help them. But unfortunately, it has also become somewhat of a fashionable term and everyone … Continue reading

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The Aryan Way

Sometime ago, I overheard two students using the word aryan in casual conversation about someone they had met earlier. Although it seemed to be used in jest it struck me that the first step in overcoming xenophobic prejudice is to desist … Continue reading

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Homage to the Humble Veshti

Welcome, Bienvenido, Huānyíng (歡迎), Namasté (नमस्ते), Vanakkam (வணக்கம்) – These are the words I used to greet my students on their first day of class. And I asked those who speak other languages to teach me how to greet them. … Continue reading

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Is Three Better than Two?

HEWLETT-PACKARD and IBM used to have an annual boat race – or so the apocryphal story goes. For years in a row, HP beat IBM by miles. Eventually, IBM’s senior management couldn’t take any more of it. “Enough of this public embarrassment” … Continue reading

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Two’s Better Than One

FRIEDA and GEORGE were quite happy to program on their own during in-class coding activities. The problem was that when either of them got stuck on a bug or at a place where they had a concept gap, they remained … Continue reading

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