Spring 2016

January 19

Organizational Meeting
Time: 4:30PM
Location: ENR2 - S395
Info: We will be discussing plans for the upcoming semester and scheduling talks!

January 26

Hands - On Math through Musical Instrument Exploration
Speaker: Bruce Bayly
Time: 4:30PM
Location: ENR2 - S395
Info: Musical instruments come in all shapes and sizes and make sounds of all different kinds.Even if we're not musicians, we all enjoy making noises, and we are naturally curious about why each instrument sounds the way it does. Bringing musical instruments into the math classroom opens opportunities for hands-on math from elementary grades on up. Our first observation is that small instruments make high sounds, big ones make low sounds - and already we're thinking about Math! When we experiment more carefully we discover more math, ranging from simple arithmetic with integers and fractions, through algebra and calculus to partial differential equations (but no advanced math in this presentation). The people involved form a fascinating procession from the ancient Greek Pythagoras through the French mathematician Sophie Germain. We'll have a variety of real musical instruments, simple pieces of sound and vibration equipment, and a make- and- take- PVC flute activity. Please RSVP to Bruce (bjb@math.arizona.edu) so he knows how many flute components to bring.

February 9

Discussion: Storytelling In The Math Classroom
Time: 4:30PM
Location: ENR2 - S395
Info: We all bring stories into the classroom to engage our students. Whether it's a story from history about the person who came up with a particular theorem, or a story from science about someone who used/misused a particular technique, or just a really good motivating story for a word problem, these non-mathematical touches help our students to connect with the material on a different level. In this discussion, we will share some of our favorite stories to tell in the classroom. Please come prepared with one or two examples from your own classes.

February 23

Teaching College Mathematics Through Active Learning
Speaker: Erin Dokter
Time: 4:30PM
Location: ENR2 - S395
Info: Please join us for an interactive colloquium on using active learning strategies and approaches in teaching college mathematics. Definitions and empirical research on the efficacy of active learning in college math will be shared, as well as practical strategies that can be incorporated into courses at any level, from introductory, non-major through upper-division and graduate classes. Potential challenges and their solutions will also be discussed.

March 8

Panel: Teachng Portfolio
Time: 4:30PM
Location: Math 501--DIFFERENT ROOM!
Info: Faculty: Tenure-track and instructional faculty need a teaching portfolio for promotion, and we will have two (or three) math faculty on the panel which will be giving some specific advice. Graduate and Undergraduate students: Applications for some teaching jobs and scholarships you need to have a teaching portfolio. We will also have two faculty members, one from the College of Education and the other from the Office of Instruction and Assessment that are coming from this perspective. Creating a teaching portfolio will take time, so if you know (or even think you might) need a teaching portfolio it is always nice to start early! We will have four (or five) panel members discussing what to include, difficult components to focus on, possible resources, etc. Bring paper and a pencil to jot down lots of great suggestions!

March 22

Viewing Mathematical Modeling through an Educational Lens
Speaker: Amy Been
Time: 4:30PM
Location: ENR2 - S395
Info: We're often told that it's bad to assume, but assumptions are an inherent part of mathematics. In this talk, we will briefly explore implicit and explicit assumptions in mathematical word problems and relate these to necessary assumptions in modeling tasks. Then we will focus on five teachers' views of mathematical modeling and how their views affect what they teach to their middle school students. We may find that even the definition of 'mathematical modeling' is often assumed!

April 12

Math 100
Speaker: Michelle Woodward
Time: 4:30PM
Location: ENR2 - S395
Info: Coming soon

April 26

Coming Soon
Speaker:
Time: 4:30PM
Location: ENR2 - S395
Info: Coming soon