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An argument for print textbooks

Here’s an interesting article regarding the effect of electronic vs print textbooks on student learning when reading for understanding: “Our work has revealed a significant discrepancy. Students said they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their actual performance tended to suffer.” The article has lots of interesting observations on things like […]

How to Use Active Calculus

I added new sections to the preface of Active Calculus this year, including “Students! Read This!” and “Instructors: Read This!”  My main goal in writing these was to help better ensure that users of the text are aware of some of the features of the text, especially in the HTML format.  There are similar sections […]

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 […]

Metacognition in a calculus prep course

As usual, fall semester flew by. On Monday, August 28, I met with my two classes for the first time, and on that day we did an activity that I recounted in a Facebook post, where I wrote: “I followed Stan Yoshinobu‘s wonderful first day lead and asked my students as they met one another […]