DId somebody say CONTEST???

¬† I won!!! I won!!! Microsoft has this initiative called “#WorkWonders” ¬† and the contest was to tweet about something I was doing that day for education using a Microsoft OFfice product. ¬† Welp, I really happened to be polishing the narration for my “how to find the perimeter of those L shaped ‘complex shapes’ when a side is missing” powerpoint, including using hte new callout features and animating a few things here and there. And while I tell myself that probably I won because all the other teachers are busy finishing up their school year… I actually rather like it. ¬†

¬† ¬† ¬†This summer I’m going to divide my time between: ¬† a. ¬†Helping summer students and helping with orientation, b: ¬† making more powerpoint supports for the Transitions course so that people can go back and review, and c: ¬†*hopefully* making my “subtracting negative numbers” app work, and d: ¬† making java lessons like that and e: ¬†planning out an entire Transitions level “course” with more applications to life (like mentally making change) and f: ¬†playing around with the … oops, I think I’m going to run out of summer or the alphabet so I’ll stop right here, but I want to make tools and pathways for everyday people to yes, actually, ***understand** math. ¬† I am “sick up and fed” of hearing people talk about math as if it were a war they survived… with PTSD. ¬†¬†

Spring Semester Is Beginning!

Hello out there… I’m Sue Jones, and I’m adding things to this website “all the time” (when I have time :)). ¬† I am at Parkland College in the Center for Academic Success, D120. ¬†I’ll post my exact schedule soon — but in the meantime, WELCOMEūüôā :)¬†

The “Mary Ellen Carter Academy” is called that because I needed a name for it, and “The Mary Ellen Carter” is one of my favorite songs about a ship that sank, but its crew would not let it stay down.¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT-aEcPgkuA¬† includes the story of a man who kept from freezing to death by singing the chorus over and over until the Coast Guard rescued him…