Logarithms and Related Rates

Logarithms and Related Rates

I was at the KYMATYC Conference over the weekend and was inspired by a Presentation on "Introducing Topics with Media." When I came home from the Conference, I created this page on Math in Film and Media. This was an excellent way for me to remember everything I learned during the session. It also helped me remember some things I've done in the past, which I'd forgotten. So, what does this have to do with Logarithms and Related Rates? Well, one of the Media Clips shared during the session was The Log Song – Ren & Stimpy. And this morning, a student emailed me saying, "That Chapter with logs was extremely challenging for me. Other than that, I think I will do fine." Since I knew he was going to Chicago for a work trip right before the final exam, I sent him this email: If you need a few short videos for your plane ride to Chicago, try these: Logarithms: Properties of Logarithms – Part...
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Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) Workshops – Torrance, CA

Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) Workshops – Torrance, CA

I am glad that I attended this workshop by the Academy of Inquiry-Based Learning because it gave me lots of new ideas for my College Algebra course. It also helped to excite and re-energize, as well as renew my love for teaching. It was helpful to be around like-minded people and know that I am on the right track in doing what is best for my students. Here are some ideas from the workshop that I either have already implemented or plan to implement: Write four problems on the Board and then have students sign-up to present solutions. The student who signs up for the least number of problems gets to do it. If they make a mistake while at the Board, they get one pass before someone else gets to try it. Consider a minimum number of presentations per student each semester. Students need a chance to reflect on what they’ve just read, learned, viewed, discussed, etc. Each group needs to have...
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Decade in Review

As we enter the new decade of the 2020s, I thought it might be nice to highlight some of my accomplishments and some of the ups and downs I went through during the last ten years: 2010 January At the beginning of the year, I was still working toward my Ph.D. Started at Henry Ford Community College as an adjunct instructor. November Gave a seminar on using the TI-83/84 Calculator at Oakland University. 2011 January Started at Ohio Christian University and the University of Phoenix as an adjunct instructor.  May Approved on May 17 as a Full-Time Instructor of Mathematics by the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees effective August 2011. Started volunteering with Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library working on their member database and social media pages. June Attended the ACMS Conference in Santa Barbara, CA Started at Macomb Community College as an adjunct instructor. August Created a Math Bingo Game for the First Annual Macomb Community College Employee Picnic Attended Math and Technology Workshop at Muskegon Community College August 15 was my first day at...
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