Author Archives: Ben Braun

Announcement Regarding White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Call to Action on Active Learning in STEM Education

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief, University of Kentucky This is an announcement to the mathematical community that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has issued a Call to Action for incorporating Active Learning in K-12 and higher education STEM … Continue reading

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An Inclusive Maths Conference: ECCO 2016

By Viviane Pons, maitre de conferences (Assistant Professor), Université Paris-Sud Editor’s Note: An expanded version of this article previously appeared at http://openpyviv.com/2016/07/12/ECCO/. Being one of the few women in the men’s world of mathematics and computer science has led me … Continue reading

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From the Editors: Changes for the Editorial Board

by Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief, University of Kentucky To start, I want to thank all of our readers, subscribers, and contributors — we appreciate your feedback and ideas through your writing, social media comments, and in-person conversations at mathematical meetings and events. … Continue reading

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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

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Believing in Mathematics

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief, University of Kentucky In my experience, many students in K-12 and post-secondary 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

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Recent Reports and Recommendations Related to Courses in the First Two Years of College Study

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief, University of Kentucky While one important component of successful teaching and learning is what happens inside the classroom, an equally important component involves decisions made at the administrative level that impact our classroom environments. A challenge … Continue reading

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From the Editors: Blog Update and 2016 Joint Meetings Highlights

by the Editorial Board We want to begin this post with thanks to all of our readers and contributors — we appreciate your feedback and ideas through your writing, social media comments, and in-person conversations at mathematical meetings and events. … Continue reading

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Social Media as a Teaching Resource

By Drew Lewis, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, The University of Alabama Like many mathematicians, the only formal training I have received as a teacher was in graduate school.  After a one semester seminar on teaching, I was set loose … Continue reading

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A Beginner’s Guide to Standards Based Grading

By Kate Owens, Instructor, Department of Mathematics, College of Charleston In the past, I was frustrated with grades. Usually they told me very little about what a student did or didn’t know. Also, my students didn’t always know what topics … Continue reading

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What is Early Math and Why Should We Care?

By Jennifer S. McCray, Assistant Research Scientist and Director of the Early Math Collaborative at Erikson Institute Effective early childhood math teaching is much more challenging than most people anticipate.  Because the math is foundational, many people assume it takes … Continue reading

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