Mathematics Teaching Seminar
June 26 - August 3, 2012
Mathematicians in academic institutions know that the ability to teach well is an important aspect of a successful professional life. Yet few young mathematicians have the opportunity to polish their teaching skills before completing the Ph.D. An unsuccessful teaching experience in the first year or two of employment can hamper a promising career.
The "Teaching Seminar" offered by the Mathematics Department at Dartmouth College is one of the most thorough of its kind. This course is intended to broaden the understanding of what it means to learn mathematics, expand the range of approaches available to the novice teacher and improve the teacher's ability to gauge how well students are learning. Graduate students have the opportunity to read, discuss and write about various aspects of teaching and learning. This academic approach is integrated with an opportunity to design and teach two separate week-long "Exploring Math" camps for local high school students, in collaboration with other class members. Graduate students will plan and deliver lessons, watch themselves and their students on videotape, and conduct an assessment of the curriculum the class has designed.
Readings include "The Having of Wonderful Ideas" by Eleanor Duckworth, "The Art of Changing the Brain" by James Zull, and "The Psychology of Learning Mathematics" by Richard Skemp, as well as selected research articles and chapters from other sources.
Applications for the 2012 Teaching Seminar will be accepted through June 5, 2012. Please visit our online application page.