and Metaphor: Using Poetry to Teach College Mathematics
Math is everywhere,
and most people don’t even realize it. For the longest time I
found math boring
and confusing—just a bunch of numbers and symbols jumbled together, or word
problems with juvenile purposes. (For example, would I really care about the
rate water leaks from a bucket?) When I realized the concepts were actually
relevant, and could be used to solve relevant problems, my feelings changed.
Many of [my] poems definitely reflect my shift in attitude, and my realization
that mathematics can be incredibly interesting. —Katherine, Fall 2007 math
In the fall 2007 semester at the University of North
Carolina, Asheville, Patrick Bahls asked his math students to complete an
atypical mathematics assignment. Each student was prompted to write a poem (a
few students would end up writing several) offering the reader insight into her
or his experience with mathematics.
Lesson Study Among Mathematics Educators
A group of mathematics educators worked together to implement the lesson study model as a professional development strategy while teaching their methods courses. This article describes the experiences of the group, including unique benefits and unpredictable challenges of forming a virtual faculty learning community.
Lesson Study: Enhancing Mathematics Teaching and Learning
My Best Lesson
Turning maths pupils into second world war codebreakers. Mission accomplished: teacher turned first officer Charlotte King explains how to send pupils on a codebreaking mission to learn about factors, multiples and the second world war.
Keeping it Safe and Quiet
Public Key Cryptography
Mathematics Across the Community College Curriculum (MAC3)
The goal of the MAC3 Project is to create a mathematically literate society that ensures a workforce equipped to compete in a technologically advanced global economy.