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Condense, Customize, Collaborate, and Complete: Thank you to Nicole Franics, Vikki Maurer and Claire Burke for sharing their experience! Our mathematics department at Linn Benton Community College in Oregon was struggling with how to solve several problems within our...read more
Right about now both students and instructors start to feel the mid-semester burn. The energy of the beginning of term subsides and the weight of work and expectations begins to weigh on students. How can we help ourselves and our students reset? Try having at least...read more
The Bletchley Circle series is more Downton Abbey than Imagination Game. A lot like Numbers in the way characters pause mid- procedural to explain a code breaking concept, the Bletchley circle series center on a group of women (amateur) crime investigators who...read more
When a student enters your college and “isn’t prepared” for their college level math coursework how are they described? Are they remedial, basic skills, pre-college, developmental, adult basic ed (ABE), under prepared, or perhaps differently prepared? These various...read more
Failure rates in College Algebra courses are high across the country and present significant barriers to earning STEM degrees because mathematical sciences courses in the first two years of college function as pathways for many different science and engineering...read more
Whether is due to math anxiety, math hatred, math phobia, or just poor choices, many students put off their math until their last semester and then say, “I need to pass this class to graduate. Ironically, this makes the course even more high stakes and adds to the...read more
Student behavior tends to settle into a pattern after the first few weeks of classes. Around week three or four of the semester would be a good time to pull a report to identify students engaging in behavior that could impair their chance of success in the course. ...read more
In the rush to start the semester we often focus on the learning aspects of the course, getting students into the homework system, and making sure everyone has the correct book or calculator. But other aspects of the course are important for making sure we as...read more
We know that students like to use the internet for help with their homework and alternative explanations of course material. Since the internet is filled with good and bad mathematical explanations and examples, students don’t usually know where to go for the most...read more
Mathematical travel: Virtually! One of the beautiful and perhaps underappreciated aspects of mathematics is its appearance in subtle ways throughout our world. Most people are aware that the nautilus shell forms a logarithmic spiral and that the golden ratio...read more