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MAA CP F1 – Getting Students To Discuss And Write About Mathematics


Wednesday, January 7, 2004, 8:00 – 10:55 am and 2:15 – 6:15 pm


Sarah L. Mabrouk, Framingham State University, Organizer



This session invites papers about assignments and projects that require students to communicate mathematics through in-class oral presentations that they make or in-class discussions that they must lead and motivate and through written assignments and/or papers.  These assignments can include analysis and applications of mathematics, presentations of and analysis of proofs, presentations about famous mathematicians and the mathematics that they studied, and assignments/projects that utilize creative writing.  Each presenter is encouraged to discuss how the use of the assignment/project helped students to improve their understanding of mathematics and their ability to communicate mathematics.  Of particular interest is the effect of such projects/assignments/presentations throughout the course on the students’ understanding of mathematics, their communication of mathematics, and their attitude toward mathematics.


·     Wednesday, January 7, 2004, 8:00 – 10:55 am


Abstract #

Title, Speaker, Affiliation

8:00 am


“A Calculus Course Writing Assignment Based On Tolstoy’s Integration Metaphor in WAR AND PEACE”


·     Stephen T. Ahearn, Macalester College

8:15 am


“Developing Fluency in Mathematics”


·     Mary T. Treanor, Valparaiso University

8:30 am


“Teaching A Liberal Arts Math Course Using A Communications-Centered Strategy”


·     Cameron Sawyer, Southwestern University

·     Anand L. Pardhanani, Southwestern University

8:45 am


“Deepening Understanding Of Mathematics Through Communication Of Mathematics”


·     Bin Lu, California State University Sacramento

9:00 am


“Discussion, Writing, and Problem Solving”


·     Davida Fischman, California State University San Bernardino

9:15 am


“Writing To Convince: Uncovering Reasoning In The Mathematics Classroom”


·     Tracie McLemore Salinas, University of Tennessee

9:30 am


“Seeing and Remembering Mathematical Connections: Growth and Development Of Mathematical Knowledge”


·     Mercedes McGowen, William Rainey Harper College

9:45 am


“Assessment Of Student Understanding Through Written Reports And Oral Presentations In Upper Division Math Courses”


·     Carl Lienert, Fort Lewis College

·     Stan Yoshinobu, University of California Los Angeles

10:00 am


“Piece-Wise Projects”

·     Alex Heidenberg, United States Military Academy

·     Elizabeth Schott, United States Military Academy

·     John Wasko, United States Military Academy

10:15 am


“Math Camp: A Language Immersion Class”


·     Meredith L. Greer, Bates College

10:30 am


“Developing Skills, Confidence and Community in Freshman Mathematics Majors”


·     Jacqueline M. Dewar, Loyola Marymount University

·     Curtis Bennett, Loyola Marymount University


Additional Materials:  Slides      Handout

10:45 am


“Taking On A Developed Writing Class In Mathematics”


·     Curtis Bennett, Loyola Marymount University

·     Jacqueline M Dewar, Loyola Marymount University


·     Wednesday, January 7, 2003, 2:15 – 6:15 pm


Abstract #

Title, Speaker, Affiliation

2:15 pm


“Writing A Fractal Story”


·     Virginia R. Jones, Central Connecticut State University

Additional Materials:       Assignment and Grading Form

                                      Example Stories I

                                      Example Stories II

                                      Student Reaction

2:30 pm


“To Play Or Not To Play? A Writing Project That Enhances Students’ Learning Of The Basic Concepts Of Counting”


·     Deborah Lurie, St. Joseph’s University

2:45 pm


“A Probability Class Report”


·     Jose Almer T. Sanqui, Appalachian State University

3:00 pm


“Papers and Peer Review In Advanced Statistics”


·     Kelly Cline, Carroll College

3;15 pm


“Using Group Presentations In Lower Division Math Courses To Illustrate Real Life Uses Of Mathematics”


·     Edwin Herman, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

3:30 pm


“Reading, Writing, and Assessing In A Problem Solving Course For K-8 Pre-Service Teachers”



·     Maria G. Fung, Western Oregon University

·     Leon Roland, Western Oregon University

3:45 pm


“Kramerica Industries, How To Turn A Rectangle Into A Circle”


·     John Tynan, Marietta College

4:00 pm


“Using Student-Selected Projects In Second Semester Calculus”


·     Christopher Goff, University of the Pacific

4:15 pm


“Short Writing Assignments For Gaining Understanding In Differential Equations”


·     Michael A. Brilleslyper, United States Air Force Academy

4:30 pm


“The Mathematics Term Paper Survival Guide (Instructor’s Edition)”


·     Janet C. Woodland, University Of Arkansas

4:45 pm


“Algebra Out Loud: Students Read And Write To Learn And Communicate Mathematics”


·     Pat Mower, Washburn University

5:00 pm


“Online Small Group Discussions In Geometry”


·     Matthew J. Haines, Augsburg College

5:15 pm


“Papers On Abstract Algebra”


·     Heakyung Lee, Winthrop University

5:30 pm


“Is Aunt Frieda FUNCTIONally Literate?”


·     Janet M. McShane, Northern Arizona University

5:45 pm


“Writing Proofs” How Do We Teach Students What Is Second Nature To Us?”


·     James Sandefur, Georgetown University

Additional Materials:       Sandefur Paper

6:00 pm


“Using Guided Learning and E-Learning Tools To Get Students To Discuss and Write About Mathematics”


·     Sarah L. Mabrouk, Framingham State University

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