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Epilogue Your Mathematics Professional Development Model

Solution Tree Press ePub

Implementing the Common Core State Standards for mathematics presents you with both new challenges and new opportunities. The unprecedented adoption of a common set of mathematics standards by nearly every state provides the opportunity for U.S. educators to press the reset button on mathematics education (Larson, 2011). Collectively, you and your colleagues have the opportunity to rededicate yourselves to ensuring that all students are provided with exemplary teaching and learning experiences, with access to the supports necessary to guarantee an opportunity for improved mathematical proficiency.

The CCSS college and career aspirations and vision for teaching, learning, and assessing students usher in an opportunity for unprecedented implementation of research-informed practices in your school or district’s mathematics program. In order to meet the expectations of the five fundamental paradigm shifts described in this book, you will want to assess your current practice and reality as a school against the roadmap to implementation described in figure E.1.

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Douglas Gibson ECW Press ePub
Medium 9781786394583

No Better Than Flipping a Coin: Reconsidering Canine Behaviour Evaluations in Animal Shelters*

Denenberg, S. CABI PDF

No Better Than Flipping a Coin:

Reconsidering Canine Behaviour

Evaluations in Animal Shelters*

Gary J. Patronek1† and Janis Bradley2

Center for Animals and Public Policy, Cummings School of Veterinary

Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, Massachusetts, USA; 2National

Canine Research Council, Amenia, New York, USA


Conflict of interest: Gary J. Patronek is a paid consultant to the National Canine

Research Council, a subsidiary of Animal Farm Foundation. Janis Bradley is an employee of the National Canine Research Council.

Keywords: animal shelter, dog behaviour evaluation, aggression, dog personality, sensitivity, ­predictive value


Our aim was to use existing data and established principles of diagnostic test evaluation to calculate the likelihood of reliably predicting problematically aggressive behaviours in adoptive homes among dogs residing in shelters based on exposing the dogs to a series of provocative stimuli (tests) in a semi-controlled environment (behaviour evaluations).

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Chapter Three: Paul's Predicament

Feinberg, Richard I. Karnac Books ePub

Thwarted separation

As I set out to write this chapter, I came across the obituary of Adrienne Rich in The New York Times (28 March 2012). She died at the age of eighty-two as a major figure in modern poetry. What was particularly striking to me in the obituary was her vision of a more perfect world—namely, one in which there is no domination of others. This idea is embedded both in her poetry and political convictions. A similar sentiment has been attributed to Bertolt Brecht who mused in a different way that the history of the world is about those who will be eaten and those who will eat. Domination fosters oppression. Oppression fosters alienation and enslavement, and enslavement is the greatest disgrace that can be foisted on human beings. Rich was addressing both psychological and political spheres. It is the psychological implication of domination that is taken up here.

The narcissistic drama is ultimately a story about domination. The newborn is in a state of absolute dependence on the narcissistic mother. What does this mean in terms of domination? Obviously, the power differential between the infant and her adult mother is so unimaginably colossal as to be incomprehensible. The infant is completely emotionally pliable. He has absolute dependence on the mother and the mother holds his aliveness in her hands. Good-enough mothering, according to Winnicott, implies that abuse of this power by the mother is unthinkable. It does not require special capabilities or giftedness. For Winnicott, good-enough mothering is extraordinary for being fundamentally ordinary. Primary maternal preoccupation is also borne out in observational studies done by Mahler. Good-enough mothers demonstrate basic maternal intuition towards their infants as “other”—that is, beings other than themselves that are absolutely dependent upon them. Ordinary mothering is not only the birthright of the infant. It is the most valuable gift that one human being can give to another—namely, the emotional acknowledgement of being truly alive as a being unto itself.

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2. The projective gridlock: a form of projective identification in couple relationships

Karnac Books ePub

The projective gridlock: a form of projective identification in couple relationships

Mary Morgan

In this chapter I introduce the term “projective gridlock” to describe a particular kind of couple relationship in which the couple have a problem feeling psychically separate and different from each other, and hence create between them a relationship in which they feel locked together in a defensive collusion within which there is only very limited growth. I explore the particular way projective identification is used to create this kind of relationship, drawing on the work of Klein and Rosenfeld. I further suggest that the creation of such a relationship develops from a different kind of “unconscious choice of partner” than that usually understood by the notion of unconscious choice as developed within the Tavistock Marital Studies Institute. I illustrate these ideas with clinical material drawn from couples seen for marital psychotherapy in both single and joint sessions. Finally, I consider some technical issues.

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An SIMD Architecture for Shortest-Path Search and Its FPGA Implementation

Hamid R. Arabnia, Lou D'Alotto, Hiroshi Ishii, Minoru Ito, Kazuki Joe, Hiroaki Nishikawa, Georgios Sirakoulis, William Spataro, Giuseppe A. Trunfio, George A. Gravvanis, George Jandieri, Ashu M. G. Solo, Fernando G. Tinetti CSREA Press PDF

Int'l Conf. Par. and Dist. Proc. Tech. and Appl. | PDPTA'14 |


An SIMD Architecture for Shortest-Path Search and Its FPGA


Yasuhiro Takei, Masanori Hariyama and Michitaka Kameyama

Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University

Aoba 6-6-05, Aramaki, Aoba, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-8579, Japan

Email: {takei, hariyama, kameyama}@ecei.tohoku.ac.jp

Abstract— Shortest-path search over graphs plays an important role in various applications. However, shortest path algorithms such as the Dijkstra’s algorithm include complex processings. It is difficult for accelerators with fixed-datapath such as GPUs to accelerate these algorithms efficiently. This paper presents an

FPGA-based accelerator with a SIMD architecture for the shortest-paths algorithm. In the proposed architecture, operations in the Dijkstra’s algorithm are done with a high degree of parallelism, and the memory usage is reduced by using a memory management scheme. According to the evaluation, the proposed architecture is able to deal with graphs with more than

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Northern Taiwan

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Northern Taiwan

For many travellers, heading outside Taipei into the north gives them their first taste of how big this little island is. It’s not just that there are mountains reaching 3886m, offering hikes along such enticingly named trails as the Holy Ridge. It’s that those mountains, and their valleys and meadows, seem near endless and around every corner is a new hot-spring village, forest reserve, aboriginal hamlet, or a town devoted to a traditional industry such as pottery, glass, tea or woodcarving.

There’s generally good transport across the north but if you can manage it, cycling is world class, with routes along coastlines, rivers, through rural townships, and over cross-island highways. But remember: the north is a big place. While the blue magpie can fly those few kilometres in no time, the winding road takes a bit longer.

Apr Youtong flowers in bloom.

Sep–Dec Best months for cycling and hiking.

Dec Start of the hot-spring season.

» Huangdi Dian

» Caoling Historic Trail

» Pingxi Crags (Click here)

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Conflict or Congruence? The Intersection of Faculty, Parent, and Student Trust in the Principal

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub




ABSTRACT: A growing body of research has examined trust and trusting relationships between and among various members of the school community. This research includes teacher trust in the principal, parent trust in the principal, and student trust in the principal. In this article, we review the existing literature in these three areas and then identify how the literature in each has failed to fully explore how differences in power, race/ethnicity, and gender affect the principal’s ability to engender a sense of trust in each constituency. Furthermore, we contend that to completely understand the role of the principal, researchers should examine how principals must attempt to concomitantly effect a sense of trust in all three constituent groups and the various subgroups configured by gender and race/ethnicity.

More than two decades ago, philosopher Annette Baier (1986) incisively observed, “We inhabit a climate of trust as we inhabit an atmosphere and notice it as we notice air, only when it becomes scarce or polluted” (p. 234). Baier’s insight seems acute in light of the concomitant decline of public trust in many institutions and the increase in the level of interest in trust that have characterized the intervening decades. As public trust in government, journalism, universities, military, private companies, and medical institutions has continued to decline throughout the past 40 years (Keele, 2005; Kramer, 1999; Nye, Zelikow, & King, 1997), there has been increasing theoretical and empirical attention to the issue (Burke, Sims, Lazzara, & Salas, 2007; Gambetta, 1988; Kramer, 1999; Tarter, Bliss, & Hoy, 1989). Although much of this scholarship emerged out of other disciplines, the field of education has witnessed a dramatic increase in the attention to the importance and ubiquity of trust and trusting relationships.

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Using Recursive Sorting to Improve Accuracy of Memory-based Collaborative Filtering Recommendations

Robert Stahlbock; Gary M. Weiss; Mahmoud Abou-Nasr; and Hamid R. Arabnia (Editors) Mercury Learning and Information PDF


Int'l Conf. Data Mining | DMIN'13 |

Using Recursive Sorting to Improve Accuracy of

Memory-based Collaborative Filtering


Serhiy Morozov and Hossein Saiedian

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

University of Kansas, Lawrence KS, USA

Abstract—Modern user behavior datasets contain millions of records, so quickly combining all potentially relevant ratings is often not feasible. Instead, we make suggestions from a small set of the most relevant ratings, so that the memory-based recommender systems could produce simple and accurate results.

We propose a new instance selection algorithm that removes irrelevant data after sorting it twice, unlike the traditional approach where the data is only sorted once. The accuracy of the resulting recommendations on the Netflix dataset is considerably better than the standard approach.


Collaborative filtering systems recommend items that other users enjoyed, essentially automating “word-of-mouth” suggestions. The assumption is that one user’s favorite items may be inferred by observing other users with similar interests.

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Surface Registration by Markers Guided Non-rigid Iterative Closest Points algorithm

Hamid R. Arabnia, Leonidas Deligiannidis Joan Lu, Fernando G. Tinetti, Jane You, George Jandieri, Gerald Schaefer, and Ashu M.G. Solo CSREA Press PDF


Int'l Conf. IP, Comp. Vision, and Pattern Recognition | IPCV'14 |

Surface registration by markers guided non-rigid

Iterative Closest Points algorithm

Dominik Spinczyk

Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Silesia, Poland

Abstract - The problem of matching irregular surfaces was tested with additional markers as landmarks for the extension of the non-rigid Iterative Closest Points (ICP) algorithm. The general idea of presented approach was to take into account knowledge about markers’ positions not only in computing transformation phase but also in finding correspondence phase in every algorithm’s iteration. Four variants of retrieving correspondence were implemented and compared: the Euclidean distance, normal vectors with initial rigid registration, static and dynamic markers vectors. To evaluate different manner of computing correspondence the average correspondence assignment error of points nearest to the markers and the number of correspondences for every target points were defined. The presented approach was evaluated using abdominal surfaces data set, consist of captured clouds of points during free breathing of 6 volunteers. The modifications significantly improved results. To make the proposed changes more universal k-nearest neighbor method and radius constraint could be used.

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Chapter Twelve: Coaching and Training at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf®

Brinkerhoff, Robert Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

C h a p t e r Tw e l v e

Coaching and Training at

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf


Scott Blanchard and Dennis Dressler


he Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® is a chain of coffee shops located in the Southern California and Phoenix, Arizona, areas. When the training in this scenario was offered, the company had just over 100 retail outlets. The company originated in 1963 and grew somewhat slowly during its early history. It was one of the earliest “coffee shop” chains, starting well before the current coffee shop chain phenomenon in the United States. The company, however, has undergone very rapid growth in the past several years.

The company utilizes a fully integrated operational model. It purchases coffees beans and tea leaves globally, blends, flavors, and roasts those products in a Southern California processing operation, and makes fresh baked products and sandwiches in a commissary operation to provide the retail stores. (Because the current Arizona operation is a new, expansion market, baked goods and sandwiches are produced under contract in that area.)

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Elizabeth Jennings Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF


What others would see as a foreshadowing of, or

Beginning of Cubism was for you a mathematical problem

Worked out in sketches and later in paint. Then, where

Does the joy, the always-escaping ecstasy enter, that

Shiver along the skin, that unique excitement never to be

Sought or even hoped for? Maybe the problems presented by

Stone and light never seemed like such to you. Maybe

The solution was found and appeared like that fitful achieving

All artists recognise but will not try to explain for they

Are always moving off, always discarding. So you –

The lesson learnt and accepted as an intuition – approached

Other scenes, faces, objects with a new advantage now, though,

Analyst as you were, you probably, being ahead of what you had

Attained, were only after more surfaces to break, more

Appearances to probe, the rainbow to you being

What a syllogism is to a philosopher, only more so, more so since

It leads on, is not sealed off, solves according to the artist nothing at all finally, at least for him, above all not for him.

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Introduction to Part II - The Ranger Force Era, 1901–1935

Bob Alexander University of North Texas Press PDF


The Ranger Force Era, 1901 – 1935

Introduction to Part II

The Ranger Force Era


From time to time citing random facts can prove thought-provoking.

Markedly, such is the case within the framework of Riding Lucifer’s

Line. As noted in closing the preceding chapter, Ernest “Diamond

Dick” St. Leon was the last nineteenth-century Texas Ranger killed in action. His passing did not, however, register as the last Texas

Ranger to give up the ghost while serving with the Frontier Battalion.

Th at history will belong to another Ranger. For this narrative it’s not unfi tting to note that since the 1874 birthday of the Frontier Battalion, Company D, St. Leon’s unit, would mortally forfeit more Texas

Rangers than any of the other companies. And it’s not out of place to mention that twice as many Rangers were killed along the border as within the state’s interior counties during that same turn of time.

Notwithstanding that the 1800s were but now days left for historians to dissect, Texas Rangers were yet living in real time and still facing real tests. Armchair thinkers looking backwards have opportunity to capriciously draw imaginary timelines. For everyday Rangers posted in the borderlands crossing a line from one century to the other was, as a practical matter, meaningless. Riding Lucifer’s Line is but at the halfway point. Th e new century’s opening year would hasten bitter news for a Texas Ranger’s family and for the Frontier Battalion. A deathbed would receive both.

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2. Uncivil Society: NGOs, the Invasion of Iraq, and the Limits of Polite Protest

Maple Razsa Indiana University Press ePub

Ante and Nina sit behind the small rectangular table reserved for lecturers at the front of the public hall of the United Nations Human Rights Centre. They outline plans for a Zagreb march to coincide with the February 15 (F15) “global day of action” against the impending U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. When we go around the room and introduce ourselves, I learn that the audience includes representatives from a Karlovac human-rights organization active in advocating for the return of Serbian displaced persons in the Krajina; several women from Be Active, Be Emancipated (B.a.B.e), a women’s rights group; a law student from Center for Peace Studies who often advises Zagreb’s anarchists on legal issues; two activists who work as programmers for ZaMir, a pan-Yugoslav electronic communications service dating to the 1990s peace movement that has recently been converted into a for-profit Internet service and content provider;1 as well as several generations of anarchist activists. Marija, Branimir, and Ljubo, in their thirties, helped organize the Another World is Possible campaign (Drugačiji svijet je moguć), and represent the older generation in the front row. I am surprised to see younger generations also present. Rimi and Pero are slumped sullenly in folding chairs at the rear of the room. When Ante and Nina’s invitation—sent to a range of activist, civil society, and political listservs—arrived in Rimi’s inbox, he had looked up from the dusty desktop where he does most of his zine publishing and design. “Those two?” he asked, turning to Pero. With a long, exasperated whistle, he added, “I am so fucking tired of dealing with NGO types and their polite protests.”2 Jadranka is also here tonight, but this comes as less of a surprise. She responded enthusiastically to the invitation to plan a Zagreb F15 protest. In fact, I first met her four months ago on an international NGO-sponsored bus carrying former Yugoslavs to the European Social Forum (ESF) meetings in Florence—the very meetings that generated the F15 plans. Though she wears a Palestinian keffiyeh as a scarf tonight, Jadranka is usually less readily identified with the anarchist-punk subculture than Rimi or Pero. What is more, she is critical of what she describes as “isolationist” and “subcultural” tendencies in the alterglobalization movement, including in Rimi and Pero’s circle. Instead, she cultivates a broad network of contacts among artists, intellectuals, and NGOs. Only twenty, she has already traveled to protests and activist gatherings in Brazil, North Africa, and Western Europe. Rimi and Pero have shunned the World Social Forum (WSF) in favor of more militant, antiauthoritarian, and directly democratic People’s Global Action events. Jadranka, in contrast, has attended various continental, national, and local variants of the Social Forum process, which represents one of the broader and more inclusive strands of the alterglobalization movement. Despite tensions, this process has produced fora in which radical activists often commingle with more mainstream NGOs and left political parties (see Juris 2008).3 In recent months, in part due to her transnational experience, Jadranka has also become one of the more widely recognizable faces of radical politics in Croatia. The media are drawn to what one male TV producer described to me as her “open and attractive character,” and she has been featured in several newspaper stories and even a recent documentary short on national television.

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14 Fear of Failure/Fear of Success

Cox Geof HRD Press PDF


Fear of Failure/Fear of Success


This activity is useful when individuals are hindered by a “playing it safe” attitude toward problem solving. This could be due to a fear of failing or fear of success.


When a group has been working together to solve a problem and has rejected a number of possible solutions, this activity may help participants to overcome a possible block to progress.

There are two situations that are very closely related. One is the fear of failure and the other the fear of success. Dealing with fear of failure is more appropriate when people seem to be taking low-risk decisions in order to avoid slipping from their current position. Fear of success is more appropriate when people are making lowrisk decisions that are designed to prevent them from moving beyond their current position. Fear of failure is protecting them from getting any worse, whereas fear of success is protecting them from getting any better.





To identify a possible block to creative problem solving

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