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Category Archives: Assessment Practices
Our Responsibility – Our Opportunity: Mathematical Habits of Mind
By Brigitte Lahme, Professor, Sonoma State University Every university instructor would be thrilled if their students came to their mathematics classes with the ability to make viable arguments and to critique the reasoning of others; if their inclination were to … Continue reading
“I Am So Glad You Made That Mistake!”
By Allison Henrich, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Seattle University “I am so glad you made that mistake,” I’ve come to realize, is one of the most important things I say to my students. When I … Continue reading
Theory into Practice: Growth Mindset and Assessment
By Cody L. Patterson, University of Texas at San Antonio Several years ago, I took up running. At first, I wasn’t particularly good at it, but I persisted: about two or three times each week, I would go for a … Continue reading
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What is an Experimental Math Course and Why Should We Care?
By: Lara Pudwell, Valparaiso University What is the first meaningful mathematics problem you remember solving? For me, it was the nine dots, four lines puzzle. When my fourth grade teacher assigned it as an extra credit problem, I spent several … Continue reading
The Inefficiency of Teaching
By Gavin LaRose, University of Michigan It could be the punchline of a joke that at any given college or university, at some point, the administration will lean on departments to be more “efficient” by teaching classes in larger sections, or … Continue reading
Does the Calculus Concept Inventory Really Measure Conceptual Understanding of Calculus?
By Spencer Bagley, University of Northern Colorado; Jim Gleason, University of Alabama; Lisa Rice, Arkansas State University; Matt Thomas, Ithaca College, Diana White, Contributing Editor, University of Colorado Denver (Note: Authors are listed alphabetically; all authors contributed equally to the preparation … Continue reading
Learning Mathematics in Context with Modeling and Technology
Dr. Brian Winkel, Professor Emeritus, Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy, West Point NY USA and Director of SIMIODE. I cannot accept that mathematics be taught in a vacuum. Yes, mathematics is beautiful, be it pure or applied. However, in … Continue reading
Believing in Mathematics
By Benjamin Braun, EditorinChief, University of Kentucky In my experience, many students in K12 and postsecondary mathematics courses believe that: all math problems have known answers, failure and misunderstanding are absent from successful mathematics, their instructor can always find answers … Continue reading
A Framework for Integrating Conceptual and Procedural Understanding in the First Two Years of Undergraduate Mathematics
By Karen Keene and Nicholas Fortune, North Carolina State University One common instructional approach during the first two years of undergraduate mathematics in courses such as calculus or differential equations is to teach primarily analytic techniques (procedures) to solve problems and find … Continue reading