Category Archives: Classroom Practices

Eating Our Own Cooking: What I’ve Actually Used or Shared

By Art Duval, Contributing Editor, University of Texas at El Paso A popular saying in business (or so I’ve read) is to “eat your own cooking”: Use the products your own company makes.  I suppose there are several motivations to … 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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Kindness in the Mathematics Classroom

by Art Duval, Contributing Editor, University of Texas at El Paso Several years ago, I was teaching a calculus course which included three students who were especially struggling with the material, in spite of regularly attending class. I have a … Continue reading

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Sustaining the Energy and Maintaining the Growth

I often start out each semester eager to try a few new things in the classroom, or to pay particular attention to certain aspects of my teaching.  As the semester progresses, I often find myself slipping into the pattern of … Continue reading

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On the Culture of Making Things

By Nicholas Long, Stephen F. Austin State University In one of life’s weird coincidences, when I moved to a small town in East Texas to start my academic career at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) ten years ago, I … 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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The Third Year of “On Teaching and Learning Mathematics”

By Benjamin Braun, Editor-in-Chief, University of Kentucky Summer 2017 brought the third anniversary of On Teaching and Learning Mathematics and with it our annual review of the articles we have published since our previous year in review article. Over the … Continue reading

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To Active Learning and Beyond: Attending to Student Thinking AND Student Experience in Active-Learning Math Classes

By Jess Ellis Hagman, Contributing Editor, Colorado State University On a recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, I met a really cool woman named Anna Sale who runs a podcast called Death, Sex, and Money (check it out). In … Continue reading

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Teaching in a Collaborative Classroom

By Saúl A. Blanco, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University For several years I’ve been incorporating active-learning and inquiry-based learning activities in my teaching. There is ample documented evidence of the benefits of these approaches for students, but equally … Continue reading

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Our Responsibility – Our Opportunity: Mathematical Habits of Mind

By Brigitte Lahme, Professor, Sonoma State University Every university instructor would be thrilled if their students came to their mathematics classes with the ability to make viable arguments and to critique the reasoning of others; if their inclination were to … Continue reading

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