The majority of students who arrive at community colleges place into developmental (remedial) mathematics classes. The history of struggle in mathematics brings a special challenge to the college instructor. In this talk I will share aspects of my approach as an instructor and in particular how it is different from traditional mathematics lectures.

Our campus's newest institute is the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment (iSEE), which has three foci: research, education & outreach, and campus sustainability. Mr. McCall will give an overview of iSEE, a look at how well our campus is meeting the targets set out for 2015 in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP), and a vision of how our campus will set concrete plans in place to meet our long-term sustainability goals, including carbon neutrality by 2050.

In this informal session, staff from the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities will talk briefly about their organization, the work they do in schools, and the opportunities for collaboration with mathematics, science and technology education projects.

Robb Lindgren and Emma Mercier give an overview of the Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching, & Agency (DELTA) program in the College of Education and discuss related faculty projects.

Ray Price will be speaking to us about Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry). Ray will describe iFoundry as a curriculum incubator and will explore the activities (both successes and failures).  He will discuss the current areas of emphasis and the potential future opportunities. 

Barbara Hug will be joining the group to present on Project NEURON (Novel Education for Understanding Research on Neuroscience).

Teaching students about the nature of science is a goal set out by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), but this goal can be a challenge to meet in the classroom. Project NEURON developed a curriculum unit on microbial ecology which opens with a lesson to help address this challenge. In the lesson, students work in groups to examine how models of the tree of life have changed throughout history. The activity supports exploration of concepts such as: new technologies advance science, science is subject to change based on new evidence, and science is a result of human endeavors.

Frank Petkunas will join us via Polycom this week. Frank is the science department head at our partner school, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School. He will be discussing his summer experience in Santa Fe at the Emergent Life Conference, and perhaps the Merit MIST program as well. (Frank and two of his colleagues were part of the Merit MIST program for teachers that we spoke of some last week.)

Avigail Snir will join the MSTE Friday Lunch group to discuss "What Etoys Could Bring to STEM Education" using examples from

Jana and George will share the discussions theyre having with the Math 199 students surrounding "The box problem".

The conversations have led them to wonder about which math concepts all students need to know, and, assuming such a concept, how a teacher could get all students to learn it.


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