Author Archives: Dr. Ayers

Prepare Yourselves

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On Lying to Your Test Scorer

Earlier this fall I took part of a day to introduce students to the three essays that are usually components of the AP Language & Composition test most of them will take in May. These include the synthesis essay, a … Continue reading

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Cool Story

Over at Slate they have a pretty good essay about how the word “cool” changed over time, from its origins in African-American subculture, through its place in ’60s and ’70s youth culture, to a concept that crosses ethnic, gender, and … Continue reading

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#canvasloginprobs

Are you having trouble logging into Canvas? Well, if so, you’re the only one. No, not really. Actually, there are quite a few people. Here are my suggested three steps to getting into Canvas this evening: Try your normal school … Continue reading

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Welcome!

So here we are, at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. Are you excited? I’m excited. I don’t know how much I’ll be using this site this year, since we’ve been migrating things to Canvas. But you should bookmark … Continue reading

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Sleep Tonight. Crush the Test Tomorrow.

In case you think I’m kidding about going to bed early tonight, here are a few links about the importance of adolescents getting sufficient sleep. For example this, from PBS: ┬áIn experiments done at Harvard Medical School and Trent University … Continue reading

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AP Test Prep Dates

It’s time to begin our after-school test prep sessions. These will be in Ayers’ room from 3:00 – 4:00. Each session will focus on a different component of the exam. The dates are April 8 (Monday), April 11 (Thursday), April … Continue reading

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Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

Here’s the web video I mentioned, by Anita Sarkeesian: “Damsel in Distress: Part 1 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games.” If you like her work, go visit her blog. What’s a trope? Here’s a short answer. Here’s a longer … Continue reading

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The Bechdel Test

If you missed (or wanted to re-watch) the video featuring the Bechdel Test, I live to serve:

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Required Reading: Statistics and Inferences

In a blog post on the New York Times‘ site today, Nate Silver raises cautions about the use of statistical evidence in an argument that could be very useful to us. He’s discussing the debate before the Supreme Court right … Continue reading

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