Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sound The Trumpets

My team and I finally finished our Master's Degree "thesis," known locally as an Action Research Project, overcoming some pretty intense distractions along the path toward completion. Here's everything you need to know about this stellar piece of work.

71: number of pages
20: appearances of the word quintile
1:1: ratio of pie-charts to bar graphs in the research findings
0: number of respected statistical measurements utilized to determine the extent of statistical significance of the reported findings
0: number of respected statistical measurements taught and/or required by the degree program to determine the extent of the statistical signficance of the reported findings
4: appearances of the word homogeneous
3: references to a certain geographical land-mass used to illustrate a lack of academic performance
2: inside jokes
14: number of words in the title
7: percent of the words in the title that are not real words, but rather words made-up by this particular researcher


Blogger Jenny said...

First of all, I love that there are 2 inside jokes in your thesis.

I'm going to jump in (before Dan does) to say that 1 isn't a ratio. A ratio requires two numbers.

And, I'll be wracking my brain trying to determine to what "certain geographical land-mass" you are referring. (Admitting my ignorance here - difficult for me, but good for me to do.)

5:28 PM  
Blogger TMAO said...

I'm not gonna give the particular land mass away, but I will confirm a correct guess. I'm just saying.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Benjamin Baxter said...

Korean peninsula?


The Indian subcontinent?

9:47 PM  
Anonymous H. said...

The added authority of an M.A. come in handy yet? Okay, that was overly nasty :D Enjoy being done!

10:55 PM  
Blogger TMAO said...


1) No.
2) No.
3) No.

Too specific. Think more generally. Unnamed land masses.

H: Oh yeah, big time. You have no idea. I introduce myself with special letters after my name. I've changed my resume. And my license plate.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Hmm, land-mass... I'm clueless but curious. Deserted island?

Congrats on the completion!

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

crawford, texas?

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Dan Meyer said...

The land mass is definitely an island though I'd enjoy some context. Is a PDF too much to ask?

9:10 PM  
Blogger TMAO said...

A plateau. A mesa.

There was once growth, but said growth has since flat-lined, and we look forward only to a dropping off point somewhere in the future.

Naw, man, no PDF. No exercepts. We were working with perpetual Below Basic (2) kids, trying to remediate the numeracy gaps that drive that achievement plateauing.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Plateau... doh!

So, what did you find? Any conclusions on the remediation of numeracy skills? Anything that worked? Didn't work?

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not to burst your bubble..
but now w/ the advanced degree & the anticipated huumungo pay raise;
i guess you'll be, again , complaining about your tax liability.
go figure.

5:29 PM  
Blogger H. said...

Robot Marvin again?

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uh, who is robot marvin?

6:52 PM  
Blogger TMAO said...

Yeah, H., who is Robot Marvin?

In any event, yes, anon, I'm only shooting myself in the financial foot here. Maybe all those Republicans were right all those years, and our progressive tax policy just de-incentivizes success. It's almost enough to make me wanna put the degree back in the vending machine I pulled it out of.

Jackie, what worked is more time, smaller classes sizes, and super-targeted instruction. Go figure.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

TMAO - How small were the classes? How targeted? (how many skills covered in a semester?)

H - did you mean Marvin from HG2G?

9:35 PM  
Blogger H. said...

Jackie, yes. I don't know whether the comment on the huumungo pay raise above is from the same author as this recent

"If you want to try to reform east sj schools, you will have a lifetime of frustration.

I will check back in twenty years to see how it is going."

plus a long list of similarly depressive comments - but try to imagine hearing them in Marvin's slow, synthesizer drone. Don't you just end up waiting for the pain in the diodes at the end? :)

11:33 AM  
Blogger TMAO said...

Hey Jackie, if you shoot me an email, I'll send you the paper, although I'm not sure how valuable it will be; the data are not great.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

h - Yep, then a comment about the darn cheerful doors.

TMAO - Thanks (done).

4:15 PM  
Anonymous pmb said...

no.. i am not the anon. who wrote those depressing/irritating comments you mentioned.
sorry. my attempt to be funny?!

10:09 PM  
Blogger Rebecca Bell, Ph.D. said...

Congrats on finishing!!! It really is an accomplishment.

I remember when I finished my Masters and moved into that illustrious far right column on the pay scale in the school district. I had tens of hundreds of extra dollars at my every whim! Wheeee!


6:16 PM  

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