A year-end list, because why not?

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.

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Room for improvement

Robert Beichner talks to Bates faculty about SCALE-UP.

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.

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The same side of two coins part 2: The dark side of the coin

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about being on the other side of the job search for the first time. Now I’m on a departmental hiring committee for a second time, and I am also one of the non-departmental members for the Econ department’s hiring committee. I thought I would share what it’s like the second time around.

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