Category: Teaching Math

Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast about ESIL Lens

Back in December, I joined Bonni Stachowiak for an episode of Teaching in Higher Ed specifically to discuss the ESIL Lens. You can find the podcast here: “A New Lens to Support Learning Outcomes” The podcast gave me time to expand more on the reasoning behind the ESIL Lens. In a nutshell, There has been a tremendous shift in information access that has taken place in the last decade as Smartphones penetrated the consumer market. This shift requires us to rethink our learning objectives in education, and the depth we expect “knowledge” to be remembered and applied. If you...

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Add Graphs In The World to Courses

Now you can add Graphs in the World to your courses in the LMS! Create a new “page” in your course. Open the editor on that page. Go to the HTML Editor on that page. Paste the following text and then save the page: <iframe width=”750″ height=”1400″ src=”https://www.inoreader.com/stream/user/1004872044/tag/GraphsInTheWorld/view/html?cs=m” frameborder=”0″ tabindex=”-1″></iframe> When you’re finished, you should get a page that looks something like this. There are other ways to subscribe to Graphs In the World: RSS Feed: https://rsshub.app/instagram/user/graphsintheworld Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/graphsintheworld/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/graphsintheworld/ Thanks to Martin Brinkman for posting directions on turning any Instagram account into an RSS feed. Thanks to Laura Gibbs...

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Taking the Algebra Out of College Algebra

Today’s talk from AMATYC was “Taking the Algebra Out of College Algebra” (to lessen the heretical title slightly I will tell you I’m advocating for taking *some* of the algebra out of College Algebra). The goal of the talk is to help faculty redevelop a math program so that it de-emphasizes algebraic manipulation can be daunting. Faculty will leave this talk with both a vision for the nirvana they want (the long-term goal) and small, executable steps they can take right now to work towards that goal. I meant to record the audio for the talk but I completely...

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Group Exploration in Math

I am often asked how to get learners to spend more time “exploring” in their learning rather than just recalling or responding to specific prompts for information. Exploration of the learning space is particularly important because learners find the interesting nooks and crannies of the concepts that they would not otherwise discover. Let me share an example. Yesterday in class we needed to spend more time on exponential functions. I began class by displaying a graph of y=2^x and asking the class specific questions like “The graph of an exponential function has an asymptote, where is it?” Only to...

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Elaborations for Creative Thinking in STEM

As I watch the proliferation of digital learning platforms, particularly in STEM education (where there are lots of objective-type problems), I am excited by the increased focus on learning and adaptivity but also a little uneasy. For the most part the motivations to “go digital” are pure – increase access to courses that students need, provide help that is more tailored to each student, give immediate feedback, provide more practice if the student wants it, and let students move at their own pace. My worry is that math and science students aren’t getting anything but highly-structured problems. Every problem that a...

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