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Selbach-Allen, Megan E.; Greenwald, Sarah J.; Ksir, Amy E.; Thomley, Jill E. – PRIMUS, 2020
In this paper, we compare and contrast our experiences in using standards-based grading in different courses and across two separate institutions to explore the related tradeoffs and subtleties in designing and implementing such grading systems, guided by innovation diffusion theory. We summarize our individual courses, use Linda Nilson's criteria…
Descriptors: Grading, Standards, Evaluation Methods, College Faculty
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Greenwald, Sarah J. – PRIMUS, 2007
Here we explore the educational implications of classroom activities related to the backgrounds and motivations of talented Hollywood comedy writers and the mathematical moments they created for the Emmy Award-winning animated sitcom "Futurama." (Contains 6 figures.)
Descriptors: Comedy, Popular Culture, Number Concepts, Mathematics Instruction
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Greenwald, Sarah J.; Thomley, Jill E. – PRIMUS, 2007
Given the increase in the number of fictional women mathematicians and scientists on television and in the movies, educators who wish to incorporate pop culture into their classrooms need tools with which to evaluate these portrayals. In this article we summarize studies related to the impact of Hollywood representations on girls and then we…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Females, Television, Mathematics
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Greenwald, Sarah J.; Nestler, Andrew – PRIMUS, 2004
"The Simpsons" is an ideal source of fun ways to introduce important mathematical concepts, motivate students, and reduce math anxiety. We discuss examples from "The Simpsons" related to calculus, geometry, and number theory that we have incorporated into the classroom. We explore student reactions and educational benefits and difficulties…
Descriptors: Geometry, Number Concepts, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction
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Greenwald, Sarah J. – Primus, 2000
Provides examples of geometry writing projects and discusses goals and difficulties of using these projects. Explores the process of grading and allowing student revisions of these projects by using a time-saving grading method. (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Content Area Writing, Evaluation Methods, Geometry, Higher Education