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For quite some time, college math courses have focused almost solely on the mathematical knowledge students would need for success in their chosen careers. If we’re honest, students in non-STEM fields don’t really need much in the way of mathematical knowledge. What...read more
Making an IMPACT On November 15 – 18 the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges held its 44th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The theme was Bright Ideas. Belaboring the joke that ran through the conference, it was a magical time. The conference...read more
Professional development is one of those buzz words that floats around. But how do we as educators find the time, money and right event or workshop to attend? We start by identifying our goals. Do we want to network with others teaching similar courses for new...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
Often students come to a math class with preconceived notions about their own ability to perform or understand the material and subsequently they undermine their own success in the course. To help students overcome internalized notions about math and their own...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