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ArizMATYC Conference: Directions in Mathematics

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Friday, October 10 in Tucson, Arizona

  • “An Introduction to Calcplot3D”
  • “I Flipped Out in My Flipped Classroom”
  • “Kinesthetic body awareness in the College Algebra classroom”

 

Check out the Complete ArizMATYC Conference Session List (with Descriptions)

AZ DevEd Summit: Directions in Developmental Education
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Saturday, October 11 in Tucson, Arizona

  • “Learning Communities to Support Developmental Education Students”
  • “Fear of Language: How Language Anxiety Perpetuates Life-Long Writing Challenges”
  • “Impact of the Student Success Coach”

 

Check out the Complete AZ DevEd Summt Session List (with Descriptions)

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First Day Activities

redwood_01I guess all of you are also finishing off your first week or two of classes. Over the years I have spent less and less time going over the course policies on the first day. For me, the first day used to be an anomaly. I talked all of the hour and fifteen minutes and they sat. None of the subsequent classes would be like this. Yet this first day often turns students off and gives them the impression that my class is a one way communication channel. Many students may drop the class purely on the basis of that first day.

Instead of spending the entire class on the syllabus, I do fifteen minutes on how their grade is determined and then move on to an activity. For my college algebra class this semester, this activity had a secret motive. I decided to add to the group activities I do in class and make the projects in the class a collaborative effort. To make these groups effective, I need to get a feel for the students and how they work together. I wanted the activity to give me a feel for their personality…leader or follower.

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Fall Meeting Location Announced

Pima College’s Northwest Campus will be the location of the ArizMATYC meeting this fall. This meeting will be held jointly with the Arizona Developmental Education Summit. Because of this we expect a good turn out for both meetings. Set aside the dates, Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, to attend both meetings.

Pima College Northwest Campus

You can get to the conference website by selecting the Next Meeting link on the menu at the top of the page.

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Learn Math With Electroshocks

Click...BZZZZZEveryone of us have had a student who is willing to do anything to get a better grade in math class. Thanks to Oxford University, there is a perfect solution for those students. Just FLIP THE SWITCH!

Just what my students need…a good dose of low current electricity to prod them into doing math. Anyone want to volunteer to run the regulator?

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Math Majors Make Big Mistake!

Evidently they did not check their calculations adequately.

CBS News Story – Calculation error? Math majors send massive snowball rolling into dorm

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And The Gold Goes To…Rounding!

Can rounding have an impact on the real world? In the case of the Olympics it certainly can. In the Women’s Downhill event this week, two women were awarded the Gold medal in a tie. However, they did not record the same time. This was because of rounding. Continue reading

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AMATYC Has Much To Offer

by Kathryn Kozak, VP of the SW Region of AMATYC

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The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) is the main professional development organization for mathematics teachers at two-year colleges.  Part of its mission is to “offer multiple opportunities for the preparation and continuing professional development of a competent and diverse mathematics faculty skilled in a variety of teaching modalities addressing different learning styles.”  To fulfill this, AMATYC offers an annual conference, webinars, traveling workshops, an online community for members to discuss topics, a mathematics journal (MathAMATYC Educator), and a newsletter (AMATYC News).  In addition, AMATYC has several position statements and guidelines that range from mathematics teaching to preparation of mathematics faculty.

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Topics Affecting Mathematics Education Today

by Kathryn Kozak, VP of the Southwest Region of AMATYC

I was hoping to write an informative article about a topic that is currently important in mathematics education, such as common core standards changes, developmental education redesign, or availability of open source books.  However, I have to admit that I haven’t been able to concentrate on any of these topics.  Currently, I am on sabbatical and sitting at my brother and sister-in-law’s farm in New South Wales, Australia, and watching the Grand Final of Australian League Football.  So I am a bit distracted, and these topics are not on my mind right now.  However, all of these topics and more are immensely important today.

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ArizMATYC Business Meeting

An organization like ArizMATYC does not operate without the work of many volunteers. All ArizMATYC members (or potential members) are welcome to join the ArizMATYC Business Meeting scheduled from 2:00 to 3:00 PM on October 12 in Prescott. The meeting will be held in Room 19-225 at Yavapai College.

We are helping to host a regional AMATYC conference in 2013 and your involvement would be appreciated. One way you can get started is to join your fellow members at this meeting.

Here is the agenda for this Fall’s meeting.

 
ArizMATYC Business Meeting
Fall 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Yavapai Community College

 

  1. Approval of Minutes
  2. Treasurer’s Report – Anne Dudley
    1. Conference Update
    2. Project ACCCESS
  3. Secretary’s Report – Kristina Burch
  4. Historian Report – David Dudley
  5. Webmaster Report – David Graser
  6. Membership Report – Laura Watkins
  7. New Business
    1. Newsletter Recognition: Sue Jensen
    2. Regional Meeting Update
    3. Election of New Officers
    4. ArizMATYC T-Shirts
    5. AMATYC Conference in November
    6. Upcoming ArizMATYC Conferences
      1. Recommendations for future meetings
        1. Ask members to bring someone with them to the next meeting
          1. Incentives: extra “raffle” ticket for door prizes
          2. Award for bringing the most guests
        2. Survey what people liked about these meetings in years past (on the post-conference survey)
        3. Advertise what ArizMATYC can do for its members
      2. Ideas for Sessions:
        1. Poll members about expertise and what they could present
        2. Need ideas for finding speakers: NAU speakers bureau, textbook authors, consultant who went
        3. Technology sandbox
      3. Reports/updates on planning
  8. Future Meetings http://arizmatyc.org/wp/?page_id=22
    1. Spring, Feb 2013 — Phoenix College (Joe Sueyoshi)
    2. Regional 2013 — Flagstaff (Ana Jimenez)
    3. Fall 2013 — Northland Pioneer (Eli Blake)
    4. Spring 2013 — Central AZ, Signal Peak CC (Ken Hurley)
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Is Hacker a Hack?

Many of you are probably familiar with the recent op ed piece in the New York Times, Is Algebra Necessary? In this piece Dr. Andrew Hacker, emeritus professor of political science at Queens College, CUNY, argues that all students do not need to take algebra to be productive members of society.

This article has generated a great deal of controversy (probably what he intended in the first place).

The Diane Rehm Show hosted Dr. Hacker and several other panelists on August 29. You can listen to the show by clicking on the Listen link in the upper left of the page.

Where do you fall in this debate?

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