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Bleiler-Baxter, Sarah K.; Hart, James B.; Wanner, Cecilia Anne – PRIMUS, 2021

An important step to achieving a sustainable department culture that encourages innovation in teaching is the alleviation of the isolation that teaching faculty experience. Decreasing this isolation should be accomplished in a manner that respects all instructors' classroom practices while simultaneously exposing faculty to new ideas. In this…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Observation, College Faculty

Wasserman, Nicholas H.; Fukawa-Connelly, Timothy; Villanueva, Matthew; Mejia-Ramos, Juan Pablo; Weber, Keith – PRIMUS, 2017

Future teachers often claim that advanced undergraduate courses, even those that attempt to connect to school mathematics, are not useful for their teaching. This paper proposes a new way of designing advanced undergraduate content courses for secondary teachers. The model involves beginning with an analysis of the curriculum and practices of…

Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Undergraduate Study, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Education Programs

Colgan, Mark; DeLong, Matt – PRIMUS, 2015

In order to strengthen departmental collegiality and improve teaching, our mathematics department instituted a Teaching Polygon. Building on the faculty development idea of Teaching Squares, each member of our department visited one class taught by every other department member in a round-robin fashion during the school year. The visits were…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Teaching Methods, College Faculty

Engaging Future Teachers in Problem-Based Learning with the Park City Mathematics Institute Problems

Pilgrim, Mary E. – PRIMUS, 2014

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a pedagogical technique recommended for K-12 mathematics classrooms. However, the mathematics courses in future teachers' degree programs are often lecture based. Students typically learn about problem-based learning in theory, but rarely get to experience it first-hand in their mathematics courses. The premise…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teachers

Wasserman, Nicholas H. – PRIMUS, 2014

Algebraic structures are a necessary aspect of algebraic thinking for K-12 students and teachers. An approach for introducing the algebraic structure of groups and fields through the arithmetic properties required for solving simple equations is summarized; the collective (not individual) importance of these axioms as a foundation for algebraic…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Algebra, Problem Solving

Munakata, Mika – PRIMUS, 2010

The Mathematics Education Debate is an assignment designed for and implemented in an undergraduate mathematics methods course for prospective secondary school mathematics teachers. For the assignment, students read and analyze current research and policy reports related to mathematics education, prepare and present their positions, offer…

Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Mathematics Education

Beers, Donna Lee; Davidson, Ellen May – PRIMUS, 2009

This article describes a collaboration between two faculty members, one from mathematics and the other from education, to strengthen the preparation of pre-service elementary school teachers for teaching mathematics. The model used is a learning community which combines a mathematics content course offered by the mathematics department, with a…

Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Cooperative Planning

Gieger, Judith Lynn – PRIMUS, 2007

One of the most publicly celebrated figures in mathematics teaching during the last century was Jaime Escalante (dramatized in the film "Stand and Deliver"). The Escalante story aptly fulfills three prevailing myths about effective teachers: the Teacher is self-made, the Teacher is the expert, and everything depends on the Teacher. These…

Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Mythology, Mathematics Teachers

DeLong, Matthew; Winter, Dale; Yackel, Carolyn A. – PRIMUS, 2005

The current work is the first article in a two-paper series exploring the role of explicit learning objectives in undergraduate mathematics instruction. A definition of student-learning objective (SLO) is introduced. We give examples of SLOs for topics from introductory college and university mathematics courses. We list potential advantages of a…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Introductory Courses

Buck, Robert E. – PRIMUS, 2004

One of the major problems facing education today is the inadequate mathematics' preparation of pre-college students and their teachers. Most colleges and universities have well established programs for students planning to teach mathematics at the secondary schools; however, in many institutions pre-secondary mathematics has been addressed only…

Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers