Math 147: Graduate Teaching Seminar

Summer 2012
Instructors: Alex Barnett and Rosa Orellana


Required books for purchase (please ask if having trouble finding): To be done by day 1 of seminar. (These books are available to borrow from Kemeny 200.) Each of you will pick one book (via a sign-up sheet) to read completely, and do selected readings from the other two (to be announced):

Timeline and Assignments

weekday (date)tasks / group work / readings dueactivities
1Tu June 26pre-course workIntroductions, syllabus, good/bad learning experiences, categories of features of good ones; settings learning goals (importance, content vs higher-level, two hypothetical courses).
We 27prepare 5-min talks, MC1 goals 5-minute presentations (feedback forms, videocamera); brainstorm benefits/problems with lecturing as a teaching technique, features of good lectures, brainstorm evaluation of one math camp goal.
Th 28Evaluation of a MC goal, recap Zulldiscuss Zull book by chapter, designing learning cycles (exercise on this); Lesson plans (see advice here), syllabus design (resources: DCAL, UMN)
Fr 295-minute video response, MC1 topic discuss Duckworth book by chapter; group work: brainstorm on collaborative/cooperative learning.
2Mo July 2Math Camp 1 sketch plan Dissect the plan for MC1; plans for evaluation of 4 math camp goals. [put in orders for any props/objects needed for MC1]
Tu 3day-by-day goals, a lesson plan & 5 min pres5-minute lesson presentations, awareness of blackboard technique; exercises on creating in-class participation, reflective part of learning cycle.
Th 5readings on coop learning; refine MC goals Day-by-day MC1 goals discussion. Cooperative learning (jigsaw discuss readings from Rogers-Davidson-Reynolds).
Fr 6complete lesson plans, recap Skemp Finalize MC1; discuss Skemp book by chapter, draw a concept map for the concept of a function.
3(July 9-13) Math Camp #1 (daily: finalize over lunch noon-1pm; camp 1-4pm; debrief until 5pm)
4Mo 16MC2 topic + goals Debrief MC1; discuss content and goals for MC2. Different learning styles (questionnaire); lesson plans which address multiple learning styles. [put in orders for any props/objects needed for MC2]
Tu 17board and voice work classroom assessment techniques, Pygmalion effect; body and voice warm-ups, exercise on being heard over rustling, 5-7 minute calculus lectures using good board and vocal work with anonymous feedback (in 007).
We 18writing readings, lesson plan Writing in mathematics, making clear lectures (see Hativa article below); Bloom's Taxonomy, creating structured exam questions, grading rubrics.
Th 19interactivity, 2nd lesson plan draft Discussion and finalizing MC2; 5-minute classroom activities from MC2 guaranteeing interactivity and dealing with discipline (in 007)
5(July 23-27) Math Camp #2 (as before)
6Mo 30find good statements 1st half: teaching statements, teaching portfolio, basic HTML. 2nd half: visits by Carl Thum (Academic Skills Center: Math 1,2, athletics), Brian Reed (undergraduate deans office), Ward Newmeyer (disabilities office).
Tu 31do an IAT1st half: DCAL presentation by Cindy Tobery (see below for her presentation). 2nd half: OPAL session with Rodrigo Ramirez and Jessica Jennrich.
We Aug 1own statement Teaching statements feedback, gender and race, unconscious bias, media representation of scientists (see exhibits below); 2nd half: Q&A with graduate student experienced instructors (bring questions).
Th 2make webpage, Krantz readings1st half: Krantz readings on dress code (see articles below), math anxiety, harrassment in the workplace, cheating. Course evaluation. 2nd half: Q&A with faculty (bring questions).
7-8(August 6-22)Guest lecturing: each student gives two videoed guest lectures for Dartmouth classes (this can also be in the Fall if not already an instructor oneself then). Observer will meet with you before (to discuss what to look out for) and after (to give feedback).

Online workspaces

Please upload homeworks and lesson plans to the m147x12 folder on DropBox. You will receive instructions by email about this.

Photographs of the process

Resources and Articles