Using Post-It Notes in the Classroom

Honestly, I wasn't sure how college students would respond to writing their answer to a problem on a Post-It Note and then sticking it to the white board, but I thought that I would give it a whirl.  As it turned out, most of the students told me that they enjoyed the activity because it was unexpected, as I had given them a Post-It Note at the beginning of class and gave no instruction as to what to do with it until the end of class.  The students also told me that they enjoyed having to get up out of…
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Happy New Year!

I've really been trying to avoid it, but at this point I don't think I can help it anymore.  I think that the TED Talk that was featured over at The Edge of Learning sums it up well why I don't like to give away many of my New Year's Resolutions.  But I want to tell someone, so since you're reading this, you're going to bear the brunt of it:1.  I want to continue to lose weight in the New Year.  I took the month of December off so that I could enjoy the holidays with people, but now the holidays…
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MATH Movie Trailers

Happy New Year!  First of all, if you're not following along with Teaching College Math on Twitter, I seriously think that you're missing out on a lot of good ideas.  Like the one I'm about to suggest to you.  A recent twitter challenge stated:  "Challenge: Make a one-minute trailer (like in the movies) for Algebra that makes students WANT to take it. #math".  This is something I've been thinking about doing for a while, but I just didn't know how to put it into words.  I can think of plenty of ways to start this:  1) Possibly use Animoto (it may work if…
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A Calculus Christmas

So, I was sick on Christmas and had to spend a majority of the day by myself so that I wouldn't contaminate my family.  That gave me a lot of time to think and surf the Internet.  And since I was feeling in the Christmas spirit, I started poking around Google for Christmas-Themed Calculus Activities.  Well, apparently I'm not the first person to do this.  You can look for hours without end at horribly done Calculus-Themed Christmas carols on YouTube.  I've posted one of the better one's here for your enjoyment.  Merry Christmas!  =D
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Using Stop Motion Animation in Math

So, I just couldn't help myself.  After posting this on Twitter earlier today: "I wonder how using stop motion animation could be used in a math class. I would love seeing some short videos on dev. math and calculus.", I decided to take a look around the web for what I could find out on my own.  This link from DreamBox Learning lists several resources from PBS that could be adapted for Developmental Math classes, and a link to a Stop Motion Works article.  Anyway, during my search, I found a few videos that I am sharing below.  Enjoy, and let the…
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Maps and Mathematics

Just a couple of ideas that I think are interesting ways to approach the idea of using Maps to teach Mathematics.  I really think that the Map Application is a good away to introduce ordered pairs because students have to find locations such as A1, B2, etc., where there is a distinct order.  If you start getting students in the habit of thinking that the first coordinate is a letter and the second coordinate is a number, then it isn't as difficult to move to the first coordinate being the x-value and the second coordinate being the y-value.  And as…
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Mathematics and Fashion Design

At IADT I teach a lot of Fashion Design students and I know that they need to be really good at math for all of the measuring that they have to do for their patterns and whatnot.  However, how to get them engaged in the part of math that isn't as directly applicable is sometimes quite difficult.  This week I was reminded about this struggle when one of my students brought in a winter hat that he made for me that says "Math Rocks" on it.  I really love the hat and I will definitely be wearing it this winter,…
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My Bamboo Pen and Touch

I'm really excited about my new Bamboo Pen and Touch.  I can tell you one thing:  My students were definitely jealous when I walked into the classroom yesterday and started setting up.  They saw how great it was and they all wanted to try it out and get it themselves -- Especially when they realized how reasonable the prices are.  Already I can tell that this will be a great tool to assist in engaging students in the classroom.  I also think that it could be useful in the future for students to submit a question on-line without having to…
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Social Learning Environment

Today has been a terrific day for the most part.  It was final exam day, but instead of grading exams as the students turned them in (which I probably should have so that they would be done), I spent the day surfing the Internet for new ideas to use for next semester.  And here are few that I have uncovered: 1.  Edmodo - Edmodo is a a Social Learning Environment.  It is something that I have been looking for, but not been able to find until now.  It brings what seems to be the best of features of BlackBoard together into what looks something like Facebook. …
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