## Math 5990## Teaching College Mathematics## Fall 2009 |

- First assignment (due in my e-mail box by 8 am on Wed. Aug. 26):
- read sections 1.1-1.9 of Krantz' book and e-mail me a paragraph or two summarizing the reading and your reaction to it.
- e-mail me a paragraph on your reaction to the first day of class you taught.

- Second assignment (due in my e-mail box by 8 am Wed. Sept. 2):
- find a class, taught by a graduate student not in their first year of teaching, which you would like to sit in on. Sit in on the class (15 minutes is long enough), and e-mail me your impressions.
- read the handout "Teaching by Lecture" by Tori Haring-Smith (click here to see a copy if you don't have one already), and e-mail me a paragraph or two on your reaction.

- Third assignment: fill in grades on the sheet of sample test answers handed out in class on Sept. 2, and bring them to class on Sept. 7. (If you need a copy of the sheet you can find one here.) We'll compare the grades we assigned, and go over our rationales for them.
- Fourth assignment: microteaching.
- Fifth assignment: watch the video of your microteaching.
- Sixth assignment: Select problems from this list of problems to make up a 50-minute College Algebra exam. Turn in your list at the beginning of class on Oct. 21, and we'll compare people's exams and discuss.
- Seventh assignment: Read this case study to prepare for class discussion on Nov. 4.

- Syllabus for the course.

The Idea Center is a website with some quite specific suggestions on things you can do to improve your teaching. For example, this paper on speaking skills emphasizes certain aspects of your delivery which you might not have realized were important. Another paper which is relevant to a question we've discussed in class is this one, on the topic of assigning students course work with the purpose of encouraging them to stay up-to-date in the class.

The article Technology solutions for developmental math: an overview of current and emerging practices, by R. Epper and E. Baker, discusses the prospects for technology in teaching college math. The article is actually concerned with "developmental math", also known as "remedial math", but also serves as a good introduction to what's out there for college math instruction in general.