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Tomorrow’s Professor Blog

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Many of us subscribe to the Tomorrow’s Professor listserv, run by Stanford professor Rick Reis (author of the book by the same name).  Rick finds all kinds of interesting tidbits to share on teaching, research, administration, whatever.  He limits his emails to twice a week, so it’s not overwhelming, and he’s highly selective in what […]

Tuesday Disaster

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Not one of the highlights of my teaching career.
Here are my lessons learned:

Freedom isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

I described the term project on the syllabus and also put details about due dates and proposals on the class website. Here’s the gist of the project:
You will have the option of completing one […]

Motivating Students

Monday, February 20th, 2006

As I always knew, the problem of motivation starts well before college:
“My general level students bombed a test (did poorly). The very next day I allowed them to correct the ones that they missed using their textbooks - they had the whole period to make the corrections which were mostly term definitions right out of […]

Marauders, Bake Sales, Tablets, etc.

Monday, January 30th, 2006

The blogging will be light this week (maybe some posts like this one, but probably nothing terribly profound), as I will be entertaining my former PhD advisor this week. We are hosting him at Western as a Visiting Scholar.
Here are a few tidbits to keep you occupied:
Item #1 “It’s an interesting study, but what’s […]

Second Week Down

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

In Mathematical Concepts, we talked a lot about probability. I tried to get students to understand how to figure out what the possible equally likely events were in a number of probability scenarios (coin tosses, dice throwing, card drawing, etc.). I blew one explanation near the end of Tuesday’s class and had to […]


Sunday, January 15th, 2006

OK. I’ll admit I’ve never tried anything like this, and I am probably more skeptical of it than I should be.
Christianity Today runs an online series called Men of Integrity (sort of makes up for this, I guess), with daily readings and a weekly theme. This week’s theme is Be A […]

First Week Down

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

Nothing earth-shattering to report.
In Theory of Computation, we mostly reviewed the mathematical foundations necessary to understand the upcoming models of computation. I went through them pretty quickly, stopping only to introduce the concept of a language. I reviewed equivalence relations and induction in the context of strings and languages, which is […]

IEEE Education Society’s Distinguished Lecture Series - Professor Burks Oakley II

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

Every so often, the IEEE* Education Society has an online Distinguished Lecture Series. Usually there are several online presentations and an accompanying ongoing question and answer session. The first series for 2006 is one that may be of interest to readers of this blog, as it concerns among other things, blogging. Here’s […]

Math 101: The First Day

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Not much to report, really. I was not as polished as I’d like to have been because I was burning off a lot of nervous energy - this is a very dfferent course for me: first math course I’ve taught in a long time, largest number of sudents in one class, most diverse group […]

Exchanging Ideas on Math 101

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Robert at Casting Out Nines has suggested that we cross-blog about our experiences with our Liberal Studies Math courses. Fair enough! I’ve created a new category, Liberal Studies Mathematics (as Robert has done), and will try to write about my thoughts and experiences in teaching this course.
This three-hour course is a core requirement […]

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