25 Years: What (Good) Teaching Looks Like

Michigan Calculus Classroom, early 90s Editors’ note: This is the second of a series of blog posts on the state and history of the University of Michigan’s undergraduate mathematics program. Calculus reform came to Michigan in the early 1990s—closing in on 25 years ago. So this is another installment in a “25 year retrospective.” “…Don’t …

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The Effect(iveness) of Change

Over the course of last summer we revised our standard “sophomore-level” differential equations course, taken by most engineering students. This is the course which traditionally has been a recipe course in which one learns to categorize all of the different types of differential equations which can be solved by hand while glossing over the fact …

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25 Years: Gateway Testing at Michigan

Michigan Calculus Classroom, early 90s Editors’ note: This is the first of a series of blog posts on the state and history of the University of Michigan’s undergraduate mathematics program. Calculus reform came to Michigan in the early 1990s—closing in on 25 years ago. So this is the first installment of a “25 year retrospective.” …

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A View of a Room

An alternate title for this might be “what a difference a room makes.” Last semester I taught our general linear algebra course for majors (which is a linear algebra and proof course) in a room with arm desks and a seating capacity that was close to the number of students in the section; this semester …

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Learning Math “Matrix” Style

This past week I participated in the Department’s placement and advising of incoming LSA international transfer students.  Due to visa issues, these students are among the last to participate in summer orientation.  This year there were about 160 international transfer students, most of them from China.  I very much enjoy working with these enthusiastic, bright, jet-lagged …

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