My teaching focuses on extremely active learning.
- Why do I teach how I do?
- Writing professional-quality mathematics.
- How to write math in emails (and other plain text situations).
I am a big fan of Mastery Grading:
- Standards for Calculus 1 (as of Fall 2016), Calculus 2 (as of Winter 2018), Intro to Proofs (as of Fall 2017), Coding Theory (as of Spring 2014)
- I'm happy to share additional class materials, syllabi, and long rambling philosophical discourses on implementing SBG -- email me!
Recent presentations on teaching and learning:
- Way to fail! (Alder award presentation, Mathfest 2018)
- Supporting unconfident proof writers in IBL Euclidean Geometry (includes Mastery-Based Testing, Mathfest 2018)
- n Ways I've Failed at Standards-Based Grading (for a Red 15 Project:NExT panel at Mathfest 2016)
- "You want to take MORE exams?" Standards-Based Grading in Calc 1 (JMM 2016)
- Standards and outcomes and grades, oh my! (SBG in Coding Theory, JMM 2014)
Scholarship and Undergraduate Research
I study combinatorics: The art and science of counting in interesting ways.
- My Curriculum Vitae and research interests.
- I am a managing editor for the Minnesota Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics.
I enjoy working with students to study games that reveal deep results about modern communications. Recent projects include:
- S. Mancini and J. Van Hook, "Anti-Games on Steiner Triple Systems" (2017 GVSU REU Project)
- L. Czap, "Guessing games with cost functions" (2015-2016 GVSU Student Summer Scholars project, preprint)
- A. Dean, "An Information Theoretic Study of Rhythmic Variations of Poetic Accents in Rap" (2014 UMN senior project)
- G. Fisk and N. Goren, "A variation on the game SET" (2013, in Involve, preprint)
- W. Thomas, "Entanglement-Assisted Quantum Error-Correcting Codes from Generalized Quadrangles" (2012, in RHUMJ)
- S. Shaker, "Noninteractive Guessing Games in Coding Theory" (2012)
Enrichment and Outreach
I love to create hands-on activities that help students learn about mathematics.
- MathPath, a summer program for very talented middle school students. I have taught here since Summer 2013.
- I enjoy organizing and taking part in Family Math Nights at local schools.
- From 2012 -- 2014, I was a MathCEP Teaching Postdoc at the University of Minnesota. I taught Calculus to talented middle- and high-school students as a part of UMTYMP as well as running school-year and summer programs for students.
Fun & Games
Besides math and teaching, I enjoy a variety of other things: