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An NSF grant which will help community colleges as they support students in STEM mathematics courses (and their prerequisites). This project will bring together IMPACT teams from eight community colleges, consisting of faculty, administrators, and support staff. These teams will work towards a common vision of successfully transforming departments and departmental culture for implementing active learning in college-level mathematics.

Engaging Techniques that Promote Active Learning (Thinking)

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Welcome Message:

My name is Julie Phelps and I am currently serving AMATYC as the Mathematics Standards in the First Two Years of College Chair and as a co-PI on the Teaching for PROWESS (TfP) Project. I originally got involved with AMATYC as an organization when I went to my first AMATYC Conference in Orlando, 2004.  I was inspired by the innovative and active learning techniques being explored by the members in this organization.  I left that first conference ready to try at least 10 new ideas in my own classroom.  I was hooked!  

Recently, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Scott Adamson, April Strom and Scot Pruyn, the lead bloggers for this month, on the Teaching for PROWESS project.  I have seen Scott make active learning lessons out of a Twitter quote, a 1950s candy bar commercial and a children’s movie clip.  April has shared her expertise utilizing Peter Lilendahl’s, Building Thinking Classrooms, pedagogy to change how students experience mathematics in the learning environment.  I have seen and watched Scot as he worked with his colleagues and led them through thought-provoking conversations about departmental and institutional transformation.  I am so excited to have this team of faculty blogging and engaging in conversation with you about what they have done and continue to do to truly engage students actively in mathematics.



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Summary of Work:

This month we start the quarter focused on the pillar of Engagement.  The members of the Teaching for PROWESS project will share specific techniques and suggestions to correctly facilitate active learning in the mathematics classroom.

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Team Members:  

Karen Gaines, April Strom, Julie Phelps, Scott Adamson, Scot Pruyn

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Conference Keys:

RG, SM, EQ, IG

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  • Posted in: IMPACT Live!

    That sounds great, thanks! I'm not a MAA member but will check with colleagues. Student thinking is a wonderful way to guide instruction. I use it in some classes, and rather than telling them, I ask them how they would solve a problem. It takes more ... More

  • Posted in: IMPACT Live!

    In Scot's blog he spoke of the various types of interaction or engagement. I would like to focus on the instructor-to-instructor engagement as it relates to building a thinking classroom. In our Teaching for PROWESS project, one of our colleges has ... More

  • Posted in: IMPACT Live!

    With an increase is the different type of teaching/learning modalities, you might consider Peter Liljedahl's companion book to his "Building Thinking Classrooms" book. It addresses strategies for using the Building Thinking Classrooms ideas in a synchronous ... More

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    Scot has shared many great strategies and ideas! I would like to highlight one...the 3-Act task... In short: Act 1 - Present something to "hook" student interest. For example - https://mrorr-isageek.com/smartcar-smash/: Act 2 - Let students "notice ... More

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