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  • 1.  IMPACT in Action - New and Innovative Teaching Strategies

    Posted 09-08-2021 09:01:00
    Edited by Karen Gaines 09-26-2021 08:05:14

    What new idea or innovative teaching strategy have you tried?
    What worked well or what didn't work well with your idea? Did you experience any surprises?



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    Manisha Ranade
    Santa Fe College
    Gainesville FL
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  • 2.  RE: IMPACT in Action - New and Innovative Teaching Strategies

    Posted 09-09-2021 18:21:00
    I have started meeting individually with each student. I do this in the last five minutes of the class meetings. I can usually meet with each student about two times. They are almost always able to meet since it is in the normal meeting times. I then try to provide coaching/mentoring to the individuals. I have found this to be very effective at identifying at-risk students and increasing overall success rates. It is a little easier to do in an online meeting, but I have been doing it with my on-campus class this semester as well. The only issue is students that like to ask questions at the end of a class. I tell them to wait for the five minutes and then help them, which seems to work fine.

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    Matthew Watts
    Assistant Professor
    Red Rocks CC
    Lakeside CO
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  • 3.  RE: IMPACT in Action - New and Innovative Teaching Strategies

    Posted 09-10-2021 09:22:00
    Nice, making an individual connection is wonderful! Are you able to speak individually though, in the classroom?
    I had a colleague who would not give grades to students but ask them to come to office hours. His strategy worked in getting to know each student. But generally, not posting grades may backfire.

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    Manisha Ranade
    Santa Fe College
    Gainesville FL
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  • 4.  RE: IMPACT in Action - New and Innovative Teaching Strategies

    Posted 09-10-2021 15:36:00
    Yes, the meeting with each student is private so I ask the other students to leave the room 5 minutes before the usual ending time. If students have a question for after class, I ask them to wait outside until the meeting is over. In zoom, I just create a breakout room and join the student there for the meeting while any students with questions stay in the main room. It helps if you tell the students how the process works the first day of class so they understand. So far no problems.
    Yes, the individual connections are so much better. I actually get to know each student. It helps with learning names and many have said that they really appreciate it.

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    Matthew Watts
    Assistant Professor
    Red Rocks CC
    Lakeside CO
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  • 5.  RE: IMPACT in Action - New and Innovative Teaching Strategies

    Posted 09-10-2021 14:55:00
    I've started having my students do video projects where they explain in detail how to solve a problem. They use the free online version of Screencast Omatic, and videos are limited to 8-12 minutes long. Students just show the disembodied hand so we don't have to worry about privacy, and they are required to caption the videos as well.

    I've found that students like the novelty of the break in normal homework activity, and do a really good job of explaining the problems. I require that students justify each line with an explanation like "Distributive Property" or "Mean Value Theorem", which really helps other students watching understand the thought process.

    This is developing a cache of curated videos that future students can use as well.

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    Johanna Debrecht
    Assistant Professor
    Red Rocks CC / Northern VA CC
    Lakewood CO
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  • 6.  RE: IMPACT in Action - New and Innovative Teaching Strategies

    Posted 09-11-2021 15:20:00
    This is an excellent idea! Students creating and captioning videos of problem solutions - sounds like a win-win situation. In zoom classes, I find that some students are very good at explaining calculator steps to other students, better than me. Maybe I can ask them to make a video. Thanks for sharing,

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    Manisha Ranade
    Santa Fe College
    Gainesville FL
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  • 7.  RE: IMPACT in Action - New and Innovative Teaching Strategies

    Posted 09-12-2021 00:57:00
    I have just started the video task this semester as well. I will update later how the new task affects on their learning.

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    Miran Byun
    John A Logan College
    Carterville IL
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  • 8.  RE: IMPACT in Action - New and Innovative Teaching Strategies

    Posted 09-09-2021 23:17:00
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    I hope lots of people share lots of their great ideas. As a journal founder and editor (PRIMUS) I found folks reluctant to share their great teaching ideas through article writing. Perhaps they can do so in this forum.

    One thing I did years ago was to place my entire class in the role of a consultant to a visiting client (me or a colleague). They had to extract the problem information from me the (confused at times, through theatrics!) client - indeed determine exactly what the problem was with lots of extraneous information I would throw at them. They would then write up a report for the employee on the floor of the shop in a do this and do that approach and another report for the students' technical supervisor in our fictional company (me that was also). I taught this in conjunction with an English class on writing for audience as well. You can take any word problem, good examples are calculus optimization problems as the article demonstrates, and work it up. THIS NEVER FAILS, NEVER!!!! I have had many colleagues try this over the last 30+ years and it ALWAYS WORKS FOR THEM and it will ALWAYS WORK FOR YOU. Am I making myself clear here? 

    I would be happy to include a pdf of the paper here, but attachments are not offered. However, should you want a copy of the paper I would be happy to send you one OR you can use your library to get a copy with full citation at Brian J. Winkel (1990): First year calculus students as in‐class consultants, International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 21:3, 363-368 OR you can get this artlcle through the many journals MAA offers its members at www.maa.org (makes the membership more than worth it). Aa a starter I enclose the image of the first page of the article. Try it, you will like it . . . and more importantly, your students will like it.   OOPS I just saw I could upload the entire file, so here you go. Enjoy!
    Student Consultant Paper First Page


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    Brian Winkel
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  • 9.  RE: IMPACT in Action - New and Innovative Teaching Strategies

    Posted 09-10-2021 09:32:00
    This is certainly a real life problem solving - higher order thinking and holistic way of approaching. It'll also improve Math communication skills. Thanks for sharing.
    I've recently used successfully a real world problem - dwindling orangutan population in Indonesia and its relation to global palm tree demands. In my class, they were given the sources and links for research. The idea of coming up with their resources is interesting.

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    Manisha Ranade
    Santa Fe College
    Gainesville FL
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