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Mathematics Department

Teaching Seminar

Fall 2019

All talks are from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Seminar Room, unless otherwise specified.

  • Oct
    30
  • Optimization with Legos
    CDR Gary Lazzaro
    Time: 12:00 PM

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    The speaker will describe a fun math lesson called "Optimization with Legos" that he teaches in his SA302 course as well as in Naval Academy Summer Seminar. He will give the highlights of the lesson to show how he uses Legos to teach a simple resource allocation problem.
  • Oct
    09
  • Comparison of Teaching in Flight School and in the Classroom
    CDR John Goodenough
    Time: 12:00 PM

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    The speaker will compare and contrast his almost 9 years of teaching flight school to teaching in the classroom. He will discuss setting goals and expectations that are reasonable and achievable, handling the extremes of outstanding as well as very poor performance, and the importance of mentoring to midshipmen and junior officers.
  • Oct
    02
  • Introduction to the Leadership, Ethics, and Law Department
    CDR David M. Wallace
    USNA
    Time: 12:00 PM

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    CDR David M. Wallace will talk to the Mathematics Department about the Leadership, Ethics, and Law Department - particularly who the faculty are and what they teach. Many professors (junior, senior, military, and civilian alike) are surprised to find out that the Leadership, Ethics, and Law Department is comprised of PhD psychologists, sociologists, and philosophers, as well as Juris Doctors, and that its core and elective curricula are firmly rooted in these disciplines. By visiting the our department, CDR Wallace hopes to build some awareness of the Leadership, Ethics, and Law Department, to converse about helping each other talk about leadership and ethics in our classrooms, and to find opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and writing.
  • Sep
    25
  • The Daily Question: Stimulating Interest and Alleviating Math Anxiety while Building Classroom Community
    CDR Matthew Hawks
    Time: 12:00 PM

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    The speaker will cover the ground rules for this technique and discuss results gleaned from informal surveys and student opinion forms.
  • Sep
    04
  • Designing Tests and Exams
    Group discussion
    Time: 12:00 PM
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