Current News & Announcements

We are posting news, announcements, and status reports as our project progresses. Please feel free to contact us if there is information that you would like that you cannot find here or elsewhere on our site.

DAoM interview in MAA "DUE Point"

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Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 10:25am

Dear Colleagues, Friends, & Supporters,

Read the interview with the DAoM team just published by "DUE Point", a blog hosted by the MAA reporting on NSF DUE grant projects (more about DUE Point). Many thanks to Erin Moss, co-editor of DUE Point for her interest in our project!

The interview helps shed some light on the vision for and impact from the DAoM project, and also points to some of the challenges encountered in the process.

Enjoy!


Many liberal arts and humanities students are served by single-semester courses generally known as Mathematics for Liberal Arts (MLA) courses. Because many MLA students’ negative prior experiences in mathematics have left them with unhealthy perceptions of the subject and their own abilities, it is incumbent on faculty to provide our students with positive experiences that challenge these perceptions. This can seem like an enormous task to many faculty. Our project was designed to address these challenges by creating an active learning environment that supported MLA students in connecting mathematics to their disciplinary interests.

Videos: Faculty Learning with Inquiry

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Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 4:25pm

Dear Colleagues, Friends, & Supporters,

We hope that your semester is going well! We would like to invite you to join us at the National IBL Conference in Denver, June 6-8.

We are looking forward to facilitating an IBL workshop at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton) on April 6, 2019, and to participating in the Bridges Conference in the summer in Austria.

We have added some video to our workshop blog from January to showcase what an IBL workshop could look like (link to the main blog is also added below).

Happy semester,

Julian Fleron, Phil Hotchkiss, Volker Ecke, & Christine von Renesse.

p.s. In case you have missed it: our website now allows faculty to create a free account and access teacher materials to some of our books. We are working on completing the teacher materials for all the books. Please have a look and tell us what you think.

We always love having visitors. Let us know if you are interested in visiting us at Westfield, or if you would like to host a traveling IBL workshop.

In this blog we invite the reader to think deeply about professional development opportunities for faculty. The focus of this professional development is to improve teaching by including more inquiry in the mathematics classroom. Our hope is that faculty developing professional development will use some of our ideas to create new opportunities that lead to transformational change and deep conceptual learning about teaching.
 
 

National IBL Conference in Denver June 6-8, 2019

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 1:20pm

Whether you are new to or experienced with inquiry, come join us for an active, participatory conference to learn from and connect with fellow educators!

The National Inquiry-Based Learning and Teaching Conference seeks to build community around learning and teaching with inquiry, especially in mathematics, to challenge each participant to grow at the boundary of their practice, and to do this work by living the value these communities place on inclusion and active, co-constructed educational experiences. This conference provides a forum for collaboration among all educators interested in teaching with inquiry, including K-16+ educators, education researchers, and both new and experienced practitioners. See MLI for details and registration.

Organizing Committee:
Brian Katz, Co-Chair
Christine von Renesse, Co-Chair
Susan Crook
Brianna Donaldson
Celil Ekici
Talithia Williams

Faculty Learning through Inquiry

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Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 11:05pm

Dear Colleagues, Friends, & Supporters,

We hope you had a wonderful winter break. We are getting ready for the joint meetings in Baltimore! Thanks to MLI (Mathematics Learning by Inquiry) we will share their booth again, so please come visit us to say hello.

In this month's blog, Christine von Renesse and Volker Ecke invite the reader to think about how to create transformational professional development activities for faculty. We would love to hear about your own experiences with designing and facilitating meaningful faculty activities.

On a more regional note, Westfield hosted the first event of the New England IBL Community. It was exciting to meet many regional IBL practitioners and think about what we would like to work on in the future.

Happy semester start,

Julian Fleron, Phil Hotchkiss, Volker Ecke, & Christine von Renesse.

p.s. In case you have missed it: our website now allows faculty to create a free account and access teacher materials to some of our books. We are working on completing the teacher materials for all the books. Please have a look and tell us what you think.

We always love having visitors. Let us know if you are interested in visiting us at Westfield, or if you would like to host a traveling IBL workshop.

In this blog we invite the reader to think deeply about professional development opportunities for faculty. The focus of this professional development is to improve teaching by including more inquiry in the mathematics classroom. Our hope is that faculty developing professional development will use some of our ideas to create new opportunities that lead to transformational change and deep conceptual learning about teaching.