cvonrenesse's blog

Blog Posts by Dr. Christine von Renesse


This blog contains a vignette from a “live classroom” or “immersive activity” for faculty during a workshop. We want to give the reader a sense of what it can look like to have faculty be students in a mini classroom experience. Toward the end we explain how we are running the reflection session after the live classroom experience, which ties the student experience to the teacher tools and the 4 pillars of inquiry-based learning.


In this blog, Prof. von Renesse describes how she structured her remote synchronous classes in Fall 2020. There are many great ways to do that, but hopefully there are ideas here that also work for you. She provides different resources like google docs and jamboards, as well as video clips from her classes. While most of the resources in this blog are specific to the Discovering the Art of Mathematics books, Prof. von Renesse used basically the same set-up for her calculus class and her graduate class for teachers.


Faculty collaborating

The purpose of this blog is to engage you in thinking about some aspects of planning events for your IBL community, as well as providing you with the activities the New England region (NE-IBLM) has offered over the last 2 years.

In this blog Faith McNamee, a senior at Westfield State University, describes her learning about teaching with inquiry as a teaching assistant in Pre-Calculus. Faith describes how unreachable the goal of teaching with inquiry seems, even if you are convinced that this is how you want to teach. But being a TA helped her get closer to her goal.

In this blog, Elizabeth Azinheira describes how reading the book "Routines for Reasoning" and implementing the ideas has changed her teaching. In her intervention classroom, Liz carefully designs lessons that allow all her students to work at their learning edges. Liz was supported in making these changes by Dr. Christine von Renesse in a graduate course by special arrangement which included weekly video meetings and several classroom observations. After telling her personal story, Liz provides an overview of the routines and makes some of her lesson plans available for others to use.