How students interpret line and vector integral expressions

How students interpret line and vector integral expressions

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Professor Steven Jones is fascinated with how we, as humans, think and how we communicate with each other about our thoughts. He chose to teach at BYU because “It has such great students. I also have great colleagues in my department.” He has been teaching at BYU for almost six years now. In October of 2017, Jones presented his findings entitled “How students interpret line and vector integral expressions" at a mathematics conference. The basic idea of this study came from the fact that “students struggle in multivariable calculus, especially in making sense of the ideas, beyond just being able to calculate the right answers on tests. I wanted to dig in and see what I could learn about these challenges.” While this curiosity has led to a potential series…
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Good mentoring during student teaching pays off in first-year

Good mentoring during student teaching pays off in first-year

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMzUuGR1UWA&feature=youtu.be Kelly Eddington, a recent graduate now teaching at Bear River High School, has learned to enjoy her interactions with the sophomores and juniors she teaches. “As a student teacher I was a little unsure how to interact with the students and how to make connections,” said Eddington. “Just from experience and practice I have learned to connect with teenagers and get to know them as people. I am more patient with their sometimes ‘disruptive’ behavior because I see them as kids who just want to have fun.” Eddington’s experience with student teaching is not an uncommon one; many student teachers have to face realities of teaching that they did not realize existed before.  The challenges are different for all teachers, but the reality is always the same—being a new…
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Congratulations Dr. Dawn Teuscher, Kylie Palsky, and Charlie Palfreyman

Congratulations Dr. Dawn Teuscher, Kylie Palsky, and Charlie Palfreyman

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Dawn Teuscher and two student co-authors, Kylie Palsky and Charlie Palfreyman, were given the Linking Research and Practice Outstanding Publication Award from NCTM for their article "Inverse Functions: Why Switch the Variable?" which was published in the March 2018 issue of Mathematics Teacher.  They will be honored at the NCTM Conference in April 2019 in San Diego, California.
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Allyson Anderson’s Teaching Journey

Allyson Anderson’s Teaching Journey

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Learning to teach can be a tough process, but as Allyson Anderson knows a rewarding one too. Anderson, who graduated in April 2017, is now a full time 9th grade math teacher at American Fork junior high in her first full year of teaching. Going from classes at BYU to teaching real kids was not an easy transition as every teacher knows, but Anderson is especially grateful for the preparation she received from her classes and her teaching mentor. “My favorite part of student teaching was having a teaching partner who helped hold me accountable and helped me see the progress that I was making every day,” she said. “It was tough getting used to teaching every single day because I was always finding things I could improve upon every…
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Mathematics Education Colloquium with Dr. Kastberg

Mathematics Education Colloquium with Dr. Kastberg

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BYU Mathematics Education department invited Dr. Signe Kastberg from Purdue University to give a colloquium on March 29 on relational teacher education. Dr. Kastberg’s research interests are in mathematics teacher education, specifically relational practice including exploring and illustrating listening, trust, care, and empathy, and the ways in which these sustain and motivate student-teacher collaborations. “What we are trying to do was to foster interactions that help others and ourselves to grow, and there will be reciprocal interactions as we make ourselves vulnerable to others [the students] and showing who we are as a person, and then we will feel responsible for contributing to the growth of each other,” said Dr. Kastberg at the colloquium. . According to Dr. Kastberg’s research, relationships have been identified as foundational in professional education including…
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