Work and Activities

2009 Lesson Study

Conducted by: Sarah Bennett, UW-Barron County

This lesson study examines transitional skills (skills that go from one course to another). We are identifying a few transitional skills that may be presented in different ways by different instructors. The math department will work together looking at the impact of a few selected transitional skills: how we present them to students, if being more consistent helps, and if this improves student retention of these skills. This project is still in the planning stage and will begin in Spring 2010. This research is being done in MAT 091, 105 and 110 and may include other courses.

Initial proposal

2009 Threshold Concepts and Diversity Initiative

Conducted by: Sarah Bennett, UW-Barron County

Piloted Fall 2009 and will run through Spring 2011. Examining what the threshold concepts are in math from a student’s perspective? This research is being done in MAT 110.

IRB approval describing the project and contains the survey that is given

2009 Lesson study study for MAT 221 (Calculus 1)

Conducted by: Kirthi Premadasa, Paul martin, Clare Hemenway, all of UW-Marathon County

In 2009, A Lesson study is being currently conducted with the research lesson on the substitution rule in Calculus and the long term objective being the development of critical thinking skills and pattern recognition ability. The short-term goal is to enhance the the ability in students to use the correct substitution in Calculus.

Using Fallacies to re-enforce Algebra rules and motivate students

Conducted by: Kirthi Premadasa, UW-Marathon County and Geetha Samaranayake, UW-Whitewater

In 2008, A SOTL project was carried out at UW-MC and UW-Whitewater, where a number of Mathematical Fallacies based on three common Algebra Violations were given to students over a semester. Two fallacies were given per mistake and student progression and motivation levels were recorded. Findings were presented at the MAA annual meeting (Wisconsin Chapter) in 2009.

2008 Lesson study study for MAT 110 (College Algebra)

Conducted by: Kirthi Premadasa, Paul Martin, Clare Hemenway, all of UW-Marathon County

In 2008, a lesson study was conducted with the research lesson on exponential functions and the long term objective being the enhancement of ability to solve real world problem and the short term goals being the familiarization with exponential models and the enhancing of exponential equation skills. The research lesson was based on a stimulating example from credit card mathematics, where students compare the times it take to pay off a credit card debt using the "minimum payment" method vs. a flat payment method. Click here to see report of lesson study.