Idara at Three

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Three years ago I published a series of blog posts about Idara’s entry into the world. Today she’s three years older, thirty pounds heavier, and a hell of a lot more fun. Here are some pictures and stories to prove it.

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A Bedtime Story

Idara won’t go to sleep when I want her to, but I don’t know that yet. Right now she’s getting ready: standing at attention while I lean over her head and brush her mouthful of tiny sparkling teeth. Every night I tell her, “If you take care of your teeth they will take care of you.”

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Conway's Game of Life with an Arduino and an 8x8 LED Array

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A few days ago I picked up Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams by Mitchel Resnick. The book covers the educational potential of programming cellular automata like Conway’s Game of Life using a programming language called StarLogo. I’ve long been interested in Conway’s Game of Life, and the book inspired me to implement it myself.

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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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