Author Archives: Matt Boelkins

Followup to my EMES seminar

On Tuesday 10/2, I was honored to speak in the MIT Electronic Seminar on Mathematics Education.  The recorded video from the seminar is now available to view; my slides are also posted.  If you watch/listen to the recording, I apologize in advance for the fact that I struggled with my voice and a cough as […]

“Why I self-publish with Amazon”

I stumbled across this great post by Robert Ghrist of the University of Pennsylvania.  More people should read and follow it.  I’ll add that I agree with nearly everything he says and add one additional positive that’s not explicit:  by self-publishing on Amazon, you can also release your work electronically for free (if you so […]

MIT Electronic Seminar on Mathematics Education – how I structure my calculus classes for active learning

I’m excited to share that I’ve been invited to be one of the speakers in the excellent MIT EMES seminar.  My presentation on Tuesday, 10/2/18, at noon EST will be a practice-focused discussion centered on how I structure my calculus classes around active learning.  I’ll share explicitly how I use Active Calculus and a collection of […]

Online versions of Daily Prep Assignments

One of the ancillaries that we offer to support the use of Active Calculus is a collection of “daily preparation assignments”.   These assignments are modeled on Robert Talbert’s “guided practice” and provide students a short list of concrete tasks to complete prior to class so that they are prepared to actively engage with new ideas […]

Active Calculus Preview Activities in Desmos

My GVSU colleagues Marcia Frobish and Taylor Short have created Desmos versions of nearly all of the preview activities in Active Calculus (single variable).  You can see the full collection here, and each link offers an option to preview what students would see if you assigned the particular preview activity to them.  Several even provide students […]

Active Calculus 2018 Workbooks – now available in print

New for 2018, we’ve created bound, print versions of the activities workbooks for Active Calculus.  There’s one for chapters 1-4 (the typical first semester differential calculus material), and another for chapters 5-8 (the typical second semester integral calculus). Each workbook is 8.5×11″ in size with a soft-bound cover.  The activities are printed on the faces […]

Active Calculus 2018: PDF and print versions now available

In addition to the aforementioned HTML, the 2018 PDF and print versions of both Active Calculus – Single Variable and Active Calculus – Multivariable are now available.  Here are the various links: Active Calculus – Single Variable PDF version Active Calculus – Single Variable print version Active Calculus – Multivariable PDF version Active Calculus – […]