Author Archives: Steven Klee

Illuminating skills learned from teaching

By: Mary Beisiegel, Oregon State University This past spring, I received an email from a graduate student who was concerned about applying for jobs in industry. The student wrote: “I’m having a difficult time trying to market my teaching experience. … Continue reading

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Thinking Outside the Textbook

By Steven Klee, Contributing Editor, Seattle University When two grandmasters face off in a chess tournament, they are faced with a complicated bit of game theory.  If you were in one of their positions, you would prepare for the match … Continue reading

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What Do Hobbits Know About Mathematics?

Sam: If I take one more step, I’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been. Frodo: Come on, Sam. Remember what Bilbo used to say: ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the … Continue reading

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The Joy of Mathematical Discovery

By Steven Klee, Seattle University It persistently rises to the surface of your memory – that afternoon when you fell in love with a person or a place or a mood … when you discovered some great truth about the … Continue reading

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Learning by Teaching: Service-Learning in a Precalculus Classroom

By Ekaterina Yurasovskaya, Seattle University Mathematics is a beautiful subject that can easily become an ivory tower. There can be a temptation for teachers and students of mathematics to shy away from the role that mathematics plays as a social … Continue reading

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Do We Get to Work at the Board Today?

By Steven Klee, Contributing Editor, Seattle University When I first started incorporating active learning in the classroom, I struggled with getting my students to buy into being active.  I made worksheets, put the students in groups, and excitedly set them … Continue reading

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“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

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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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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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