Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMATYC 2014 Presentation: Tips and Tricks for Implementing a Math Literacy Course

Here are the slides from the presentation I did with Dan Petrak at AMATYC last week.  He has used Math Lit at his school for their math literacy course for two years.  He's in his third year of teaching the course.  Their implementation is large scale, across several campuses and with many instructors (full time and adjuncts).

Friday, November 14, 2014

Math Literacy training - AMATYC 2014

Below is the presentation Heather and I gave today at AMATYC as a training session for teaching a math literacy course.  There is information on the philosophy of the course, how lessons are taught, how we use MyMathLab, teaching tips, ideas for groupwork, and ideas for grading.

If you would like more information on the points in the presentation, please check out our ready-to-go MyMathLab course.  In it are 12 instructor videos where we explain many of the topics discussed in the presentation below.  Those videos can be used as a virtual training.

If you are interested in us coming to your school to train your faculty, please email me.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Math Lit sessions at AMATYC

Next week I'll be AMATYC in Nashville.  Here are the sessions I'll be presenting.

The Right Stuff - Still Music to Your Ears
Thursday 1:50 - 2:40 pm

Rob Kimball and I will present on The Right Stuff modules.  They are applied, contextual modules designed to engage college algebra students.  I explored these after coming back to teach college algebra after a few years away in which I was working on the Math Literacy course.  Pathways courses have affected all the classes I teach, challenging me to find rich problems and activities to build student engagement and understanding.  We'll talk in detail about the Right Stuff modules.  I'll also share an activity I wrote for my college algebra classes after being inspired by RS material.

Teaching a Math Lit Course:  Tips and Training
Friday 8:00 - 9:30 am

Heather and I are giving this session through Pearson as a commercial presentation.  We will do a fast but informative training session to help you get your Math Lit pilot off on the right foot.  We'll talk about many aspects of teaching the course including the philosophy of the course, the materials we've written, using online homework, and dealing with groups.  Whether you're considering piloting, getting ready to pilot, or teaching the course already, this session should have something for you.

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Pathways Implementation
Friday 3:10 - 4 pm

Dan Petrak and I will give lots of tips for implementing a Math Lit course at any size school, small or multi-campus.  Many ideas will shared including tips for working with adjuncts and advisors as well as classroom-level issues like group-work and contextual learning.

I hope to see you there!