We had no idea what a “number sentence” might be. We were also clueless about a triangle’s “point of origin.” And we can’t ever remember having to identify the “sequence of transformations” which would take triangle A to triangle B. And while we know our formal math experience was a long time ago, we do not remember ever being asked to simplify the fraction four to the eighth power over four to the negative fourth power.
In fact, we cannot emphasize enough how relieved we were when we discovered we had no difficulty when we finally got to a problem we actually not only understood, but also thought might actually have a practical application. We had no trouble with: “A water tank is in the shape of a right circular cylinder with a height of 20 feet and a volume of 320(pi) cubic feet. What is the diameter, in feet, or the water tank?” Nonetheless,we do understand only too well that there is a great opportunity for learning when it comes to current mathematics, especially in terms of terminology.
We have also discovered that we have a great opportunity to learn more about navigating a number of websites. It is obvious that our skills, which we thought served us well, are now deficient. In fact we were recently forced to call two local organizations to ask how one might find things on their websites.
We first encountered trouble with the village of Cooperstown’s website. In the past we had been able to find both the agendas for and minutes of the Board of Trustees’ meetings. And suddenly we discovered these items were lurking we knew not where.
However, a call to the village office cleared up our navigation problems although it did not help us find what we were looking for, namely a copy of the village’s contract for the Furthur concert as well as a financial statement for the concert. For those two items we found it necessary to file a FOIL request, the response to which we are awaiting with baited breath.