Small-group activities instead of examples: an inquiry-based approach to calculus
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Historically, calculus texts and calculus instruction have presented students a large number of completed examples. Often, students then solve related problems by emulating work done in the examples. In an effort to instead have students build their own intuition, think more independently, and discover key ideas themselves, I have developed a large (and freely available) collection of activities that engage students in learning calculus in a more inquiry-based style. In this talk, I will share some sample activities, discuss the structure of a typical class meeting, and reflect upon student feedback and outcomes with this approach. (FYI, I am giving a second presentation as well that has already been accepted. That one is on points-free, standards-based grading and is based on recent work that I've done in some of my GVSU courses.)
Joint Meetings of the AMS and MAA
San Antonio, TX
Boelkins, Matt, "Small-group activities instead of examples: an inquiry-based approach to calculus" (2015). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 656.
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