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Prelude to Active Calculus – feedback sought

I’ve been awarded a sabbatical for the fall semester of 2018 to write a new free, open-source textbook for GVSU’s new MTH 124: Functions and Models.  The purpose of this course is to prepare students not-yet-ready for calculus for a first semester course in calculus. MTH 124 has run for three semesters at Grand Valley, […]

Check out sustainabilitymath.org

My friend and graduate school colleague Tom Pfaff of Ithaca College has done a lot of great work on issues related to sustainability.  He has a wonderful collection of free resources for instructors at his blog, http://sustainabilitymath.org/. In particular, you can find sources of real world data for your classes – especially stats, calc, or any […]

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 […]

Last day at AIM: meet some of my new friends

One of the very best parts of the workshop this week has been the time I’ve gotten to spend with the people here, some of whom I had followed online or traded email with, but never met in person.  Others I had talked with briefly at conferences, and of course there are a couple of […]

More from AIM: developments in free & open math texts

So much to share, so just going to go with a bulleted list for now.  Hope to flesh out more over the coming months. The American Institute of Mathematics is a cool place and they have an excellent organizational scheme.  About 30 of us with shared interests are fully funded to be here for the […]

“But you feel dirty …” – why HS kids have to buy TI Calculators

In the same way that publishers take advantage of students’ captivity when it comes to needing textbooks, Texas Instruments does the same.  Here’s a fantastic article on the subject that quotes a PA HS teacher who says “But you feel dirty, because you’re telling parents they need to buy a device, and I know I […]

Screencasts for Active Calculus

In a recent post, I highlighted several different resources available to go along with Active Calculus.  I realized yesterday that I omitted a key one, one for which there have been recent additions. The Math 201 playlist on the GVSU Math YouTube Channel has now been around for awhile, with 92 videos and almost 65,000 views. […]