Category Archives: Communication

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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Call for Nominations: Editor-in-Chief

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the American Mathematical Society blog On Teaching and Learning Mathematics. The Society seeks a college or university mathematician or mathematics educator with at least five years of experience. Applicants … 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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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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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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Preparing the Next Generation of Students in the Mathematical Sciences to “Think with Data”

By Johanna Hardin, Pomona College, and Nicholas J. Horton, Amherst College As statisticians in mathematics departments, we have both spent many department meetings, departmental reviews, and water-cooler conversations discussing the merits of various different curricular decisions with respect to the … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Syllabus?

by Priscilla Bremser, Contributing Editor I had what seemed the perfect first full-time teaching position, in that much of the planning for Calculus had already been done when I arrived.  The department chair handed me the textbook and the syllabus, … 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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