Category Archives: Teaching

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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Creativity Conference – What I Learned

The Creativity Conference was held here at SOU last Friday through Monday.   I started out, a naif, knowing nothing about how to think about creativity or how to measure it.  Here is what I learned. Creativity can be taught. Creativity can … Continue reading

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Smart People, All of Them

People, need I say students, are smart in different ways.  They might be smart (expert at) playing a particular video game or shopping online or dog training or horse riding or the internal affairs of Poland or basketball or short … Continue reading

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