Author Archives: Andrew Farmer

About Andrew Farmer

I am a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Kansas. I'm interested in functional programming languages, compilers, and language transformation tools.

Back in the Saddle

A combination of the holiday break, conference travel, and illness meant I went almost six weeks without a visit to Landon Middle School. I finally made it back in the classroom on February 2nd. Of course, February is almost over … Continue reading

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Coloring

On November 10th I gave my problem-based lesson about graph coloring. My goal was to get the students to think about a concrete problem (coloring a map) and then abstract it and make conjectures, trying to either prove their conjecture … Continue reading

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The Knapsack Problem and Other Problems

This week I put together a small trial-run version of a problem-based lesson. I’ll be doing a larger problem-based lesson in a couple weeks, and did this for a bit of practice. Boy, did I learn a lot. The general … Continue reading

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Center Work

This week the students were reviewing for a big district-wide test. Despite our efforts to relate lessons to their innate curiosity or the “real world”, telling them that something “will be on the test” still seems to be the best … Continue reading

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A Negative Minus A Positive

This week the students worked on solving simple linear equations. As an example: 5x + 10 = -20, what is x? The ability to solve this problem varied wildly. Some students seemed to already be developing an intuitive feel for … Continue reading

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Review

“Mr. Farmer, are we going to get to play with legos today?” Unfortunately I didn’t have any further lego project plans for this week’s class. Just as well, since the students had a test the following day and spent the … Continue reading

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My Dog Ate It

“So who did their homework this week?” “I did but I left it at home.” In my first block, only two of the 30 students had their lego-language homework to turn in. I honestly wasn’t sure what to do at … Continue reading

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