Category Archives: Teaching

Creativity Conference II – What Inspired Me

I was inspired  by the smart, sensitive and, yes, creative presenters at our second Creativity Conference here at Southern Oregon University.  Last year I listed what I had learned.  This year I will list what stirred me to action. Art, … Continue reading

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Precalculus Essay Test

As something to do while waiting for new advisees at our first summer registration event, I attempted to turn a typical precalculus exam into an essay test – no calculations, just words.  Actually also diagrams.  You can see it at … Continue reading

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Science Problems with an Apology

I added these two problems to the Precalculus homework list as part of my effort to incorporate science examples in my classes. They were taken from solutions to some physics exercises and intended to give more practice on multi-variable systems. … Continue reading

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Teaching Choices

Last week we had a few sixth graders visit our elementary algebra classroom.  While my students were taking their daily quiz, I put this on the board for the youngsters.  I went to the back of the room and explained … Continue reading

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A Good Test …

It is finals time and I am daydreaming. A good test has students emulating reasoning patterns. has students supplying reasons for steps. has students grabbing the best tool for the job. has students display what they learned doing their homework. … Continue reading

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Intellectual Load – The Student Experience

“Intellectual load” as applied to website design refers to the  extraneous thinking and decision-making caused by poorly organized, inconsistent web page layout and functionality. I would like to apply this concept to the college student experience.  I  extend the definition … Continue reading

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Elementary Statistics – Somebody Do Something, Please

The traditional college-level elementary statistics for non-majors course needs a big change.  p-value reasoning should be replaced with Bayesian models.  The class, call it Stat 101, is the only contact with data analysis methods that most college students will ever … Continue reading

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