FALL 2013
DATE 
SPEAKER/EVENT 
September 10th Math East 143 
Reading
group, SoTL. In this week's meeting,
we will begin a reading group which will discuss the scholarship of teaching
and learning (SoTL). This meeting will focus on a
2011 paper by Bennett and Dewer which gives a nice
overview of SoTL in mathematics. Click here for the article. Please bring your ideas and questions
and be ready for a great discussion! 
September 17th Math East 143 
Speaker:
Cody Patterson,
Director, Center for Recruitment and Retention of
Mathematics Teachers, UA and Virginia Bohme, Mathematics Appointed Personnel at UA Title: The Center for Recruitment and Retention: Bringing Teachers and Mathematicians
Together Abstract: The
Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers, founded by
mathematician Fred Stevenson, works to recruit and support mathematics
teachers in southern Arizona. The Center seeks to cultivate a
professional community of mathematics educators, at both the K12 and
college levels, who work together to tackle challenges in the teaching and
learning of K12 mathematics. The Center's programs include mathematics
workshops for teachers, an induction program for teachers in their
first year of mathematics teaching, and the annual Mathematics Educator
Appreciation Day (MEAD) Conference, an event that attracts over 400
educators from across the state of Arizona. We will describe
these programs in detail  *and let you know how you can get
involved.* Finally, we will share some thoughts from a
mathematician's point of view on productive and responsible
involvement in K12 mathematics education. Mathematicians have skills
that, when properly honed, can be extremely useful to various
stakeholders in our country's education system:
children, families, teachers, administrators, curriculum developers, and
policymakers. Our goal is that you will leave this talk energized and eager
to participate in the important work of helping children learn
mathematics. 
September 24th Math East 143 
Reading
group, SoTL. In this week's meeting, will focus on two papers; one on the calculus concept inventory and the other on the statistics concept inventory. Click here and here for the articles. Please bring your ideas and questions and be ready for a great discussion! 
October 1st Math East 143 
Speaker: Joshua Lioi, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Mathematics at UA Title: Modeling
Biology in the Classroom Abstract: Many high school students are not aware of the possibilities of
interdisciplinary study in the sciences. Biocomplexity
is an interdisciplinary field that combines mathematics, biology, chemistry,
computer science, and physics. We have been working on ways to bring this
topic into high school science and mathematics classrooms. We have developed
a website with resources, including background information and NetLogo programs modeling several biological processes,
which have been created by high school teachers. So far we have created
modules on flocking, protein binding, microtubules, and myxobacteria
swarming developed as a collaboration between high
school teachers, graduate students, and college/university researchers. 
October 8th Math East 143 
Speaker: Bruce MacMillan:
Instructor
in Mathematics at UA Title: Trigonometric Identities  The Sum and
Difference Formulas Abstract: We will take a new look at
the sum and difference formulas from a traditional Trigonometry course. We will
derive the formulas by using only right triangle trigonometry ratios. Then we will look at some interesting problems and applications which can be solved using these formulas. 
October 15th Math East 143 
Reading group, SoTL. In this week's meeting, will discuss the paper: Classroom Questioning with Immediate Electronic Response: Do Clickers Improve Learning? by Yourstone et al.: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.15404609.2007.00166.x/full
Please bring your ideas and questions and be ready for a great discussion!

October 22th Math East 143 
Speaker:
Kristen Beck and Rohit Thomas, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows in Mathematics at UA
Title: Webbased
Student Response Systems Abstract: The use of inclass
student response systems has been on the rise in recent years, and has
evolved from the basic "clicker" to the use of software which
allows students to use their smartphone, tablet, or laptop as a response
device. In this talk, we will discuss and demonstrate the use of two such
webbased student response systems: Learning Catalytics
(http://www.learningcatalytics.com)
and Socrative (http://www.socrative.com).
You are encouraged to BYODevice for full
participation. 
October 29th Math East 143 
Reading group, SoTL. We will discuss the paper: Applying the scholarship of teaching and learning: student perceptions, behaviours and success online and facetoface by Agi Horspool et al:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02602938.2010.496532#preview
Please bring your ideas and questions and be ready for a great discussion!

November 5th Math East 143 
Reading group, SoTL. We will discuss the paper: Flipping Calculus by J. McGivneyBurelle et al.:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10511970.2012.757571#.UnWSjyfWZZI
This paper investigates the benefits and challenges of flipping the classroom in a calculus course.
Please bring your ideas and questions and be ready for a great discussion!

November 12th Math East 143 
Speaker:
Cody Patterson, Director, Center for
Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers, UA Title:
The Book: An Adventure in Educational Engineering 
November 19th Math East 143 
Reading group, SoTL.
We will discuss the paper: Calculus:
The Importance of Precise Notation by W. S. Mahavier
and W. T. Mahavier. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10511970701196243#.Uoq6QSe1VZI
Please bring your ideas and questions and be ready for a great discussion!

November 26th Math East 143 
Speaker:
Deborah Hur, Instructor
in Mathematics at UA Title: Herding WildCats in the Online Environment Abstract:
In the online environment, there are unique challenges
in addition to those encountered in a traditional format classroom. One of the biggest challenges is in
effectively and continuously engaging students without the benefit of
frequent facetoface meetings. The
initial introduction into an online course can be overwhelming. Even once
students are comfortable in the environment, a second challenge is to keep
students working consistently on the material, seeking help as they need it.
I will present methods and technology implemented to tackle these issues in
Math 112 Online Hybrid. 
December 3rd Math East 143 
Reading group, SoTL. 
December 10th Math East 143 
Speaker: Aaron Ekstrom, Instructor in Mathematics at UA Title: Periods of Harmony Abstract: We will discuss how some fundamental ideas of musical harmony can be deduced from a basic understanding
of periodic functions. We will also give an explanation of why
there are 12 notes in the western scale, and why exponential functions start
creeping into the picture. The talk is accessible to all teachers
and a must for anyone teaching trigonometry or precalculus. 