## Math 5990## Teaching College Mathematics## Fall 2012 |

- First assignment is due in the D2L dropbox for this course, folder "Assignment 1", by 9 am on Wed. Aug. 22.
(Instructions on how to submit a file to a folder in the D2L dropbox are at
https://ouit.zendesk.com/entries/20175842-dropbox-submit-a-file.
If for some reason the process isn't working for you, you can e-mail the homework to me instead.)
- 1. Write a paragraph on how your first day of class went this semester.
- 2. Read sections 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 of Krantz' text and write a paragraph on your reaction to the reading.

- Second assignment (due in D2L dropbox by 9 am Wed. Aug. 29): Sit on for 15 minutes or so in another TA's class or discussion section (the TA should not be someone else in this class) and write a paragraph about what you observed.

- Prof. Sepideh Stewart chose this very interesting article by William Thurston as one of the readings for her Research on Undergraduate Math Education seminar at OU this semester. Here's another, somewhat earlier article by Thurston on the subject of mathematics education.
- The author of our text, Steven Krantz, recently came out with a book titled "A Mathematician Comes of Age". I haven't read it yet (it's currently checked out from the OU Library), but the table of contents indicates some of what's in it might be relevant to teaching college mathematics.
- "A Mathematician's Lament", by Paul Lockhart.

- Resources for Preparing and Supporting Teachers of Undergraduate Mathematics.
- The Idea Center is a website with some quite specific suggestions on things you can do to improve your teaching.