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Mathematics Department

Workshop on Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics

On November 3rd and 4th 2017, the U.S. Naval Academy will be hosting a workshop on inquiry-based learning in mathematics.  

The workshop will run Friday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 8:30am-3:00pm.
On Friday evening a group of us will be going to dinner in downtown Annapolis.
Lunch, coffee and snacks will be provided on Saturday.
Registration fee:  $20
For more information or to register, contact Amy Ksir at
This workshop is an activity of the MD-DC-VA IBL Consortium.
The presenters:
Photo of Christine von Renesse
Prof. Christine von Renesse loves teaching at all levels — from elementary school through College. She uses open inquiry techniques in all her classes, believing that this is the most effective and enjoyable way of learning and teaching. Her students learn to take responsibility, to think independently and to enjoy the endeavor of challenging questions with growing confidence. Prof. von Renesse has a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, a Minor in Music and a Master's Degree in Mathematics from the Technical University Berlin, Germany. After receiving her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she is now professor at Westfield State University. She is also an integral part of the project “Discovering the Art of Mathematics”, and has been facilitating workshops for faculty and teachers to promote and implement inquiry-based learning. 
Photo of Mairead Greene
Mairead Greene enjoys creating sequences of tasks that help students develop deep conceptual understanding and identify misconceptions. She uses an inquiry approach in all of her classes from Precalculus to Abstract Algebra and everything in between.. She is an author of the materials for Calculus 1 and 2 and has created the Conceptual Understanding Weighting System to categorize assessment tasks according to the level of conceptual understanding students need to demonstrate in order to complete the task.  Mairead completed her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Rockhurst University.
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