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September 1, 2006 was the start of an entirely new career for me.
Retiring in 2006 meant it was thirty years since completing my
doctorate (1976) and having lived an incredible career at UCLA
involving the future: thinking about it, teaching about it,
designing (and building) a building for it. That career was
my trip to the moon! Now I'm on a trip to Mars! Retiring I
turned my time and energy toward doing something I really enjoy
doing: teaching young children mathematics! As a bonus, I was
invited to write a book about how to teach math problem solving.
My (on-going) life as a husband, father, grandfather and
- Travels with Lois and Jason
catalogs many of the wonderful travel adventures we've shared
together since our 1966 honeymoon camping trip across the
- The poem The Owl's Answer in
many ways summarizes my views toward life, and learning as the
greatest journey which we can experience.
One 1974 Experiences describes the chaos in my life as a
doctoral student, but still rings true after all these years.
- The 2013 Culver City Education Foundation President's Award for Community Service
(see fourth picture down) was very nice recognition of the years
of volunteer support that Lois and I contributed to Culver City
- In May each year since 2010 I've served as a judge at the
California State Science Fair.
My (retired) life as a Math coach
October 2006, I started teaching Math Olympiad enrichment classes
twice each week to 4th and 5th grade students at Linwood E. Howe
Elementary, a Title 1 school that serves a broad cross section of
eastern Culver City. In October 2018, the Math Olympiad
organization (MOEMS) published my book, Teaching Mathematical Problem
Solving, which reflected the vast amount of learning and
experience gained in the intervening 12 years. Retirement could not be
was the next step in a journey, in large part with my friend and
collaborator Ruth Sabean, through the world of mathematical
teaching and programs. In March, 2008 I organized a Los
County-wide Math Olympiad Tournament, which is now an annual
event involving 36 five-person teams of 4th
and 5th grade students.
Over 30 different elementary school participate. In
2010 I started teaching a "Math4Parents" class for the elementary
school parents. In September, 2012, I introduced my "legacy"
project, extending the Math Olympiad via Mathlete Clubs to the
other four Culver City elementary schools. This project
included three days of professional development each year on
teaching the very challenging math word problems for the new math
coaches. In Fall 2014, Culver School District adopted
Cognitive Guided Instruction as the pedagogical approach to
teaching mathematics. I
was thrilled as this approach, in large part, reflected my
educational philosophy and what I had been doing in the classroom
for years: guiding
learning through the asking of question rather than giving answers. In
Fall 2015 I once again taught a parent class, but this time to
introduce them to CGI. The web page Math
Enrichment Directory catalogs my work related to all these
activities through May 2015.
the 2015 and 2016 Math tournaments I was asked about doing a
training session for the coaches. In June 2016, I did a
three-day teacher workshop on teaching problem solving. In July 2016, MOEMS
offered me a contract for a book on teaching problem solving. That year Ruth and I did
four more workshops and experimented with a variety of idea. We
created an Instructional Guide for teachers which provided tools
for analyzing where a problem is difficult and worksheets to guide
students in developing mathematical thinking. We
signed the contract with MOEMS in July, 2017 and summarized
why we wrote the book in the preface.
My (former) professional life at UCLA Anderson School
The most amazing aspect of my life right now (2018), is that it is
like the person who lived my former life was some one other than
me. I've selected the links below as they give a good overall
picture of my time at UCLA.
- My role as Assistant
and Director, Anderson Information Systems 1980 - 2006 is
nicely summarized in the School's retirement article.
- The article The Information-Age
Mindset: Changes in Students and Implications for
Higher Education, the cover story in fall 2000
EDUCAUSE Review, captured the behavioral changes in our
university students that I had observed. I think this was
the most important article I had written.
- My most challenging research was thinking about how we would
manage all the information flooding us in this information
age. Traditionally librarian cataloged and organized files
and documents for us. However, with everyone using a
computer, personal knowledge management is a serious
challenge. It was nice learning in 2017 that my 1998 paper
Knowledge Managment: Who? What? Why?
Where? When? How? is cited on Wikipedia
in the History and Background as the originator of the term!
- My primary research area was tracking the introduction and
impact of computer technology in the university environment, as
reflected in Annual UCLA
Survey of Business School Computing Usage conducted
between 1980 and 1999. This research was the motivation for so
many invitations to speak at conferences and schools around the
- As an instructor, my courses where almost always future
oriented: I taught an "office automation" course in the
early 1980s, which reflected the early introduction of word
processing on computers. Also in the early 80's I taught
an introduction to computer technology course in which the
students developed the specifications for the first
microcomputer for the Anderson faculty. The 1999
description for my Managerial
Computing course (using what was then "emerging"
technology) with its focus on the future, has a fun set of
starting questions, many of which are now answered.
- An assignment in my 1996 Managerial Implications of
Emerging Information Technologies class was to select an
emerging technology and write a paper describing it and the
selected the best papers and posted them on my website
thinking that our students had good ideas worth sharing. Bill Palace’s paper
Mining has been a major success from the perspective
that it is still available and listed on the first page of a
Google or a Yahoo search.
- Toward the end of my UCLA career, I conducted several
workshops on the Library
of the Future, building on the work we did on integrating
the UCLA Anderson School library and computer
- The decade of the 1990s focused on planning and then
implementing AndersoNet, at the time, the most advanced
computing and network environment in any university. These
fun Network Central
Photos show all the spaghetti wiring which the user never
saw, but made it all possible. But, this was just another
step in the history of computing at UCLA. Clay Sprowls
introduced digital technology to the campus in the 1950s and documented
this fascinating centralized computer history with pictures and
testimonials. My mini-
and micro-computer history adds another dimension to the
story. Note: I downloaded Clay's files from the
www.personal.anderson.ucla.edu web server in June, 2017 in an
effort to preserve this history as the server is being
retired. Hopefully all pictures and links were captured.
You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
First homepage created September
updated September 16, 2018