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OT:copper-top ...finally. Math is a tool ?

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dennis min

12-14-2013 17:28:25

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If you've read what I've written about the neighbor kid, well, here's a doozy.

I used to call him red-headed, but for some reason that was taken as an insult here, which I still don't agree with, so he's copper-top.

Fast forward, he's finally brought some books to my place, and he's doing some decent algebra and graphing. He's in need of some more refinement in the basics, but just as bright as can be.

I feel thankful that he came over for some help.

I think he is really sharp, just hasn't had the opportunity to show it to others without getting some sort of grief. In our home, you're welcome to learn as much as you'd like (or can stand).

Worked out perfect that the college-grad daughter was doing math/algebra/statistics at the same time, on the same table.

Did you know that printer paper makes for great "scratch" paper?


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12-16-2013 12:56:39

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 Re: OT:copper-top ...finally. Math is a tool ? in reply to dennis min, 12-14-2013 17:28:25  
I have a red wool hunting jacket in the closet. A man I worked for gave it to me. He died in the late 70s. It does not fit anyone, but it means something to me. Lets hope that you are to Copper-top, what that man meant to me.

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Richard G.

12-15-2013 17:19:09

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 Re: OT:copper-top ...finally. Math is a tool ? in reply to dennis min, 12-14-2013 17:28:25  
Keep up the good work with Copper Top.
He will always think well of you.
Richard in NW SC

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George Marsh

12-15-2013 13:40:07

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 Re: OT:copper-top ...finally. Math is a tool ? in reply to dennis min, 12-14-2013 17:28:25  
Math is the gate way tool to many sciences, like chemistry, physics, electronics, engineering, to name a few.

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dennis min

12-15-2013 17:21:23

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 Re: OT:copper-top ...finally. Math is a tool ? in reply to George Marsh, 12-15-2013 13:40:07  
George M,

Well put.


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12-15-2013 09:58:01

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 Re: OT:copper-top ...finally. Math is a tool ? in reply to dennis min, 12-14-2013 17:28:25  
My wife and I had a discussion about our education just yesterday. We grew up in the era when kids were told: "Get a licking in school, you will get another licking when you get home".

We certainly respected out teachers and worked hard to absorb whatever they were teaching us. The high school that I went to had a very good superintendent that hired the best teachers of any high school in the county.

I still think back to the advantage I had from learning all I could in school; I found later that I was ahead of other kids when I went on to college.

I even remember working math problems in my head when I was driving tractors in the field. It's just pitiful to observe young people working in stores today that can't do any math in their heads. I often catch mistakes by doing math in my head while they are ringing up a sale; then I have to show them that they are wrong.

Keep encouraging that young man; he may not thank you for it now, but he will someday.

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dennis min

12-15-2013 17:54:04

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 Re: OT:copper-top ...finally. Math is a tool ? in reply to Dick2, 12-15-2013 09:58:01  

If there ever was a lesson in my life, it was that the "licking" you got, is not a small thing, but he "licking" you're going to get at home...that was another.

I was properly warned. Too bad I tried to prove that theory was not.

My Dad made sure I had a decent respect of "authority". I tried way too many times, and be dogged, he was right.


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Old Popper

12-15-2013 06:19:27

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 Re: OT:copper-top ...finally. Math is a tool ? in reply to dennis min, 12-14-2013 17:28:25  
I remember when I was in 5th grade, I was having a lot of trouble with long division. The teacher made me stay after school to work on it. I have had an intense dislike for her every since. (she was just doing her job). Last year my grand daughter was here for a weekend and had some homework.....long division. She hated it, so I said let grandpa try to help you. Soon she started to get it. She has thanked me several times. She said the teachers didn't take the time to work with her like I did. (By the way, that teacher that I didn't like just passed on this past summer.)

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12-15-2013 06:14:09

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 Re: OT:copper-top ...finally. Math is a tool ? in reply to dennis min, 12-14-2013 17:28:25  
I got to visit with my daughter for a couple of hours yesterday at her college and she is studying for her Calculus 3 finals. I gave up tutoring her a few semesters ago. Maybe Copper-top will be in the same situation some day.

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southern rebel

12-15-2013 05:57:13

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 Re: OT:copper-top ...finally. Math is a tool ? in reply to dennis min, 12-14-2013 17:28:25  
I"ve always been the person that helps my granddaughter with her "school" stuff. She has always enjoyed learning math beyond her school assignments, so when we finished up with fractions and decimals, she asked "What"s next?"

Now, we are about 2/3rds thru the algebra book and she looks forward to learning geometry. That is pretty good progress for a fifth-grader!

A kid with a love of learning is a pleasure to teach, whether it be algebra or tractors or farming or whatever. (And, if"n the teacher is smart, a few good lessons on life can be sneaked in to counteract the daily puke that flows from the TV and internet!)

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