Tag Archives: Math Teaching and Learning

How to Divide by Zero: An Interview with Bill Shillito

For this post, I interviewed a colleague about a new project he is working on: a website where he encourages his readers to consider the possibility of dividing by zero.  Bill Shillito has a Master’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education … Continue reading

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Mathematics Students and Legitimate Peripheral Participation

One of the things that mathematics educators often talk about is the idea of teaching the norms of the discipline of mathematics to students, starting at a fairly young age.  In Jo Boaler and Cathlee Humphreys’ book Connecting Mathematical Ideas: … Continue reading

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Adapting Problems to Improve their Groupworthiness

In my last blog post, I discussed the importance of using groupworthy tasks with your students.  For a task to be groupworthy, it should satisfy three criteria: interdependence (the task is mathematically rich enough that students have to work together), … Continue reading

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How to change the Traditional Mathematics Teaching from the Memorization-Based Method to Interactive-Based Method

During my Calculus II teaching in Fall 2015 at Washington State University (WSU), several students told me that “Volumes” is one of the most difficult topics in Calculus II, and they also told me “it is difficult to apply what we learned … Continue reading

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(Not) Noticing Personal Progress

As we go through grad school, we all spend years learning new things but, if you’re anything like me, you don’t really feel any “smarter” (whatever that means). I have been taking classes, studying for and taking prelim exams (see … Continue reading

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