Math 5990

Teaching College Mathematics

Fall 2009

Instructor: John Albert
Office: PHSC 1004
Office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 (or by appointment)
Phone: 325-3782


Further reading

This article, A review of the one-minute paper by David R. Stead, is an interesting account of the pros and cons of the device that Michael mentioned he uses in his class: asking students to take a couple of minutes to write down their answers to questions such as "What was the most important thing you learned in class today?" or "What question remains unanswered?".

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.