Category Archives: Classroom Practices

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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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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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

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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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If You Don’t Talk To Your Students About Math, Who Will?

By Steven Klee, Contributing Editor, Seattle University During my freshman year of high school, my geometry teacher came into class one day and challenged us to trisect an angle with a compass and a straight edge. Anyone who was successful … Continue reading

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Inverse Functions: We’re Teaching It All Wrong!

By Frank Wilson, Chandler-Gilbert Community College; Scott Adamson, Chandler-Gilbert Community College; Trey Cox, Chandler-Gilbert Community College; and Alan O’Bryan, Arizona State University What would you do if you discovered a popular approach to teaching inverse functions negatively affected student understanding … Continue reading

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The National Science Foundation Has Resources to Help You Improve the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics

By Ron Buckmire, TJ Murphy, John Haddock, Sandra Richardson, and Brent Driscoll This article is intended to serve as a rough “proof” of the statement, “There exist many resources and opportunities supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve … Continue reading

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On What Authority? – Considering Implicit Messages in Our Teaching

By Brian Katz, Augustana College I think that mathematics draws in some people and repels others in large part because of the distinctive role of authority in our discipline and teaching, especially when we act as content experts and discussion … Continue reading

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Creating Momentum Through Communicating Mathematics

By Matthias Beck, San Francisco State University, and Brandy Wiegers, Central Washington University Given five minutes, can you turn to the person next to you and describe your research? How about over 15 minutes in front of a class of … Continue reading

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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

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