Here’s the game I’ve been promising all week!
See the video for a brief explanation from me of everything that is in the file. If you use this game, I would love to have your feedback. Thanks!
I just want to give a shout-out to Zero Sum Ruler who has these wonderful posts on:
Acute angles are small and cute below 90.
The MichMATYC (Michigan Association of Two-Year Colleges) Conference is coming up on October 7-8 (but you can choose to come only 1-day). I will be presenting a talk at the conference on 'Capitalizing on Games and Activities in the Classroom'. However, there are are lots of other useful talks, such as 'Advanced MyMathLab Tools,' that I am sure that many people may be interested in as well. There is actually a group discount for registering by September 5. If you would like more information on MichMATYC, please visit http://www.michmatyc.org/. If you would like more information on the conference, please visit http://www.michmatyc.org/michmatyc2011/HomePage.htm. The abstract for the talk that I will be giving is below.
My friendly Pearson rep passed these videos on to me that highlight some of the new features in MyMathLab.
- Assign Questions from Other Books
- Late Submission Penalty
- Show Work Questions
- “Or” Option for Prereqs
- Browser Lockdown
Late Submission Penalty:
Show Work Questions:
“Or” Option for Prereqs:
- MAA Conference, May 6 – 7, Kalamazoo, MI — This conference went really well. I enjoyed the fact that somehow I ended up sitting at the speaker's table during nearly every meal! I got to meet a lot of great and interesting people, including a math tourist. The only complaint I have about this conference is that it did not provide free WiFi for its participants. Live and Learn!
- ACMS Conference, June 1 – 4, Santa Barbara, CA — This conference went really well, too. If you haven't yet checked out my pictures from Sunny California, feel free to do so! This conference was great because it was small, so I got to meet all of the speakers and the participants. I also got to meet Arthur Benjamin, one of my mathematical heroes. Really, do you know any other mathemagicians? He even gave away a few of his secrets!
- MCC Math and Technology Workshop, August 8 – 12, Muskegon, MI — This conference is still coming up. Although, with my new position starting in the fall, it's going to be rough to be away for an entire week right before game time on August 15, but I'm going anyway! I'm especially excited about this conference, though, because I have tickets to see the Grand Rapids WhiteCaps on August 7 before the conference starts!
- Preparation for Algebra
- Introduction to Math Systems (Online)
- Intermediate Algebra
- 1st 30 minutes: Answer homework and other questions. Only the first 3 homework problems asked get answered during class, so students need to be on time for class, otherwise their question will need to be asked outside of class. Since I've never tried this before, I wasn't sure how it would work out. It's been wonderful! The students seem to be fairly receptive and even for an 8 AM class, this seems to be getting most of the students to class on time.
- 60 minutes: Lecture. I highly dislike lecturing at the chalkboard, but this classroom is technology-free, so my options seem to be very limited.
- Last 15 minutes: Pass back previous day's graded homework and take attendance while students are working on an assigned problem that I've written on the board. What I have found is that attendance seems to be higher since I have been personally walking around to every student and checking their name off the list each day. And having a problem right up until the end seems to be keeping most of the students in class until the end.
- And yes, I have been grading daily homework. We'll see if this trend continues into the fall, but given what I think are great results this summer, I plan to continue. Honestly, I don't necessarily see a major shift in grades as much as I do student attitudes toward the class. And helping students to have a positive attitude about a class is a major stumbling block sometimes.