Teaching Seminar
Spring 2017
All talks are from 12:001:00 p.m. in the Seminar Room, unless otherwise specified.

Apr12

Active Learning LunchGroup DiscussionTime: 12:00 PM

Mar29

Discussion of linear algebra courses SM261, SM361, and SM461Group discussionTime: 12:00 PM
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Joint meeting of the Majors Curriculum Committee and the Teaching Seminar to discuss the courses SM261 (Matrix Theory), SM361 (Intermediate Linear Algebra), and SM461 (Linear Algebra).

Mar20

How to Evaluate Teaching ContributionsGroup DiscussionTime: 03:45 PM

Mar08

Writing Across the CurriculumGroup Discussion with English DepartmentLocation: English Department LibraryTime: 12:00 PM
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General discussion of topics related to mathematics and writing. This meeting may be especially interesting to instructors of SM291 (Fundamentals of Math) and capstone and honors students.

Feb22

Active Learning LunchGroup DiscussionLocation: Second conference roomTime: 12:00 PM
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Note that we meet in the 2nd conference room (not our usual location).

Feb08

Low Floor, High CeilingAmy KsirUSNATime: 12:00 PM
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This week the teaching seminar will have two parts: 1) Low floor / high ceiling mathematical tasks. In other words, problems that are easy to get into, but allow a lot of scope for deep thinking. My current favorite is one I've used at the beginning of Calc III, and also at the beginning of the 3D / vectors / lines & planes part of Calc II: Let f(t) = (t1,3t). Sketch the points f(0), f(1), f(2), f(3), and f(4) in the plane. What do you notice? What problems have you used that have a low floor and a high ceiling? How could we lower the floor, or raise the ceiling, on tasks we ask our students to do? 2) If time permits, discussion of the article "What Does Active Learning Mean for Mathematicians?" which appeared in the February Notices of the AMS. Thanks to Peter Andre for pointing it out to me!

Feb01

Using Voting Questions in ClassScott HottovyUSNALocation: Conference RoomTime: 12:00 PM
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In this seminar I will talk about my use of voting questions in my SM221 class this semester. I was encouraged to start asking voting questions from a Project Next Seminar at the MAA MathFest in 2016. In the seminar I will give an example of a voting type question. I will also discuss some research behind voting questions, and give resources that you can use in your classes.

Jan25

Active Learning LunchGroup DiscussionLocation: Conference RoomTime: 12:00 PM
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We will talk about how to respond to students asking, "Why won't you just tell me the answer???" and similar issues.