So here I am again, getting ready for another installment of the Joint Math Meetings. It promises to be as exciting and busy as always, with lots of great invited addresses and special sessions to attend. As in years past, I will be writing for the JMM Blog, together with Anna Haensch (also a contributor last year) and Joshua Batson, who is fresh off his Mass Media Fellowship. I will also be conducting interviews for Bates and trying to attend as many talks as possible, trying to see people, the exhibits, and catch a glimpse of The Alamo in between. Hope to see many of you math people there! In the meantime, I leave you with this classic tune by Charlie Pride.
The last couple of weeks, all the blogs and sites I usually visit are full of Top Ten and other year-end lists. I thought that on this New Year’s Eve I would jump on the bandwagon and share my own list of random things that caught my attention this past year, but didn’t necessarily make it to the blog. So here it is, a far-from-definitive Top Ten list of things that caught the attention of this early-career mathematician.
Robert Beichner talks to Bates faculty about SCALE-UP.
Two weeks ago, I attended a talk by Robert Beichner on SCALE-UP, an active-learning program he developed at NC State. There were many things he said in his talk that really aligned well with many of my own teaching philosophies. But the one thing that really struck me as new is the idea that you have to have a good space (classroom) for this active learning to happen.