Author Archives: Ben Braun

About Ben Braun

Benjamin Braun received his B.A. in Mathematics and English at Truman State University and his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Washington University in Saint Louis. He has been a faculty member at the University of Kentucky since 2007. His mathematical research is in algebraic and geometric combinatorics; if there is a polytope or simplicial complex involved, he’s interested. His scholarly interests in teaching and learning include using writing in mathematics courses, preservice teacher education, pedagogical use of the history of mathematics, and connections between mathematics education and cognitive/social/educational psychology.

To Active Learning and Beyond: Attending to Student Thinking AND Student Experience in Active-Learning Math Classes

By Jess Ellis Hagman, Contributing Editor, Colorado State University On a recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, I met a really cool woman named Anna Sale who runs a podcast called Death, Sex, and Money (check it out). In … Continue reading

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What is Math-Ed Research All About? As Explained by a Muggle in a Math Department

By Jess Ellis Hagman, Contributing Editor, Colorado State University I’ve recently finished my third year as an assistant professor in the mathematics department at Colorado State University. Since my research area is mathematics education, I am often asked what it … Continue reading

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Teaching in a Collaborative Classroom

By Saúl A. Blanco, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University For several years I’ve been incorporating active-learning and inquiry-based learning activities in my teaching. There is ample documented evidence of the benefits of these approaches for students, but equally … Continue reading

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Undergraduate Research: Viewpoints from the Faculty Side

By Luis David García Puente, Contributing Editor, Sam Houston State University Over the years I have been asked the questions: Why do you direct undergraduate research? How do you pick a research problem for your students? How do you manage … Continue reading

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Six Ways Mathematics Instructors Can Support Diversity and Inclusion

By Natalie LF Hobson, Graduate Student, University of Georgia What teaching practices support a diverse student body in your mathematics classroom? In this post, I suggest six concrete teaching practices you can implement today to help make your classroom a … Continue reading

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Students’ Views of REUs: a “Magical Place of Thinking”

By the Editorial Board, based on an interview at the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meeting with REU students David Burton, Kelly Emmrich, Micah Henson, Andres Mejia, and Nina Pande. Editor’s note: The editors thank David, Kelly, Micah, Andres, and Nina for … Continue reading

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Aspirations and Ideals, Struggles and Reality

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief Two of my favorite pieces of mathematical writing are recent essays: Francis Su’s January 2017 MAA Retiring Presidential Address “Mathematics for Human Flourishing”, and Federico Ardila-Mantilla’s November 2016 AMS Notices article “Todos Cuentan: Cultivating Diversity in … Continue reading

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Announcement: Statement by AMS Board of Trustees

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief Due to connections with mathematics education, some of our readers might be interested in the following statement issued by the members of the Board of Trustees of the American Mathematical Society regarding the Executive Order on … Continue reading

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Announcement: Active Learning Article in AMS Notices

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief Some of our readers might be interested to know that the February 2017 Notices of the American Mathematical Society contains an article on active learning that is based on the six-part series on active learning published on this … Continue reading

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Integrating Computer Science in Math: The Potential Is Great, But So Are The Risks

By Emmanuel Schanzer, Bootstrap Recent calls to bring Computer Science to K-12 schools have reached a fever pitch. Groups like Code.org and Girls Who Code have become household names, having raised tens of millions in funding from Silicon Valley luminaries … Continue reading

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