Category Teaching

Active Calculus Activities in Google Sheets

Erica Miller of VCU had a brilliant idea:  set up AC activities in Google sheets for remote teaching so that her students can work in breakout groups on a shared document.  Dave Kung learned about this in an MAA-sponsored session on teaching remotely and had the idea to crowdsource building the sheets; he posted on […]

Google groups for Active Calculus

I’m launching two groups for information about the Active Calculus texts:  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/active-calculus-announce, where there will be infrequent posts announcing new editions and features, and https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/active-calculus-users, which is a forum for instructors who use (or are considering using) the text. At the latter, I hope there will be a lively exchange of ideas that center on […]

Active Calculus 2019 updates

I’m excited to share several important updates: 1. new landing page at https://activecalculus.org 2. updated versions of Active Calculus (single variable, 2018 edition) in HTML, PDF, and print (with updated activities workbooks [1-4], [5-8], too) 3. updated version of Active Prelude to Calculus, now hosted at the main page and with HTML, PDF, and (new!) print available […]

Professor disciplined for not using a for-profit text, written by his department chair

This post on the Chronicle’s site basically speaks for itself:  a text, written by the dept chair, was used for 25 years and had “never been questioned“.  When a faculty member tried to do otherwise, he was disciplined. All I can say is:  good grief.  Update:  via Adam Glessner, there appears to be much more to […]

Additional resources for Active Calculus

I’m excited to announce some recent or ongoing developments related to Active Calculus. Robert Talbert and Steve Schlicker at GVSU are embarking on a set of supporting videos for chapters 5-8 of the text.  You can see the emerging list of videos from the GVSU Math 202 Calculus 2 playlist on YouTube (over two dozen […]

T v IE: traditional versus interactive engagement

In my last post, I noted that I’ve been doing some interesting reading about the history of calculus instruction and some recent developments.  Earlier today, I gave a talk that summarized much of that reading at the Kansas City Math & Tech Expo, a wonderful conference that happens each fall in KC.  I thought it […]

Looking back to 1987

About 6 months ago, I got invited to give one of two plenary addresses at the upcoming 2014 Kansas City Math Expo, which will occur in three short weeks.  My Saturday talk at the conference is titled “Calculus 2020: A vision for the future.” One can’t have a vision for the future without an appreciation for the […]

How my calculus class looks this fall (part 2 of 3)

In an earlier post, I thought to make my teaching more public, and then subsequently shared some reflections on how my calculus I course looks overall.  In this post I’ll give an overview of how a typical week is structured, and in the near future reflect on how a prior class day. As of Monday, […]

How my calculus class looks this fall (part 1 of 3)

[update: I moved some Dropbox files around and the original links were broken.  I updated these on 8.11.14.] Well, it looks full.  31 students, 1 over the cap of 30, filling essentially all the seats in our regular classroom, and all but one of them in our computer lab.  Bless the good folks who designed […]

Making my teaching more public

I’ve made a promise to blog regularly this fall on my experiences in teaching calculus I at GVSU using Active Calculus.  Before starting that endeavor, here are a few overall thoughts. Teaching is an oddly private endeavor.  While it is certainly public and open with my students, my work as an instructor can almost be […]