Summer Classes

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In June I started classes at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education, where I’m working toward a Master’s of Arts in Teaching. Now, after completing six courses in two months, I finally feel like I have a moment to come up for air and write a little bit about my experiences.

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Class Report: Applied Statistics (STAT 451)

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The last time I took a formal statistics course was when I was an undergrad at Lewis & Clark. I think I got a C. This was a few years before I got serious about math and doing well in school. Needless to say, I wanted this time around to be different.

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Class Report: Modern Geometry (MTH 338)

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One of three courses I took this term was called Modern Geometry, which covered Euclidean geometry, taxicab geometry, hyperbolic geometry, and spherical geometry.

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Class Report: Ring and Field Theory (MTH 345)

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One of three courses I took this term was on Ring Theory, the sequel to Group Theory, which I took last term. Besides the subject matter, there were a few minor differences between the two courses which I’ll highlight below. Most everything else, like the text and the instructor, remained the same.

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At Lewis & Clark, Beginning Again

As I write this, I’m drinking Lipton out of an orange mug emblazoned with the words “Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.” Technically it belongs to Rachael, who earned her master’s degree there (in counseling) about seven years ago. Now it’s my turn.

Today marks the first day of the final phase of our three-year Oregon adventure. It’s the first day of classes in the Master’s of Arts in Teaching program, which will continue for thirteen months and finish next summer. I’ll be taking classes at Lewis & Clark and student-teaching at a high school up the road. More on that soon. In the meantime I wanted to share the essay I wrote about why I’m here. I hope you enjoy it.

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Idara at Two and Three Quarters

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Gardening, sleeping in a bed, and making friends. This is Idara at two and three quarters.

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Class Report: Group Theory (MTH 344)

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My first upper division math course! Here's how it went.

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Idara at Two and a Half

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In my last post about Idara, I wrote about how she wanted everything explained to her, how she was singing more and more, and how her thank you’s sounded more like an expletive than an expression of gratitude.

Some things are harder, like bedtime. But most things are easier, and more fun, and more interesting.

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Class Report: The History of Math (MTH 404)

I loved this class. Although I suppose I technically could've done it, becoming a math teacher without having studied the history of math now seems insane, like teaching physics without knowing the incredible stories of Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton.

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Class Report: Defense Against the Dark Arts (CS 374)

Defense Against the Dark Arts is Oregon State’s course in computer security. If the title rings a bell, it’s because it’s also the name of the magical defense class that Harry Potter and his classmates took at Hogwarts. Having a playful name, (especially in comparison to “Assembly,” “Networks,” “Algorithms,” etc.) made me think that the course would be playful too, but I was mistaken.

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