Teaching

Teach what you love.  Love what you teach.

Let's face it.  Any webpage summary of who you are as a teacher is probably insufficient.  Below are a few snapshots of who I am as a teacher.

Courses

The following are undergraduate courses I've taught at PSU.  A full list of PSU Math courses, and their descriptions, can be found here.
  • MA1800 - College Algebra
  • MA2200 - Finite Mathematics
  • MA2400 - Introduction to Formal Mathematics
  • MA2560 - Calculus II
  • MA3120 - Linear Algebra
  • MA3130 - Directed Research in Mathematics
    • Fall 2014 - Set: More Than Just a Game
  • MA3230 - College Geometries
  • MA4140 - Abstract Algebra
  • MA4220 - Topics in Mathematics
    • Spring 2015 - Number Theory
    • Fall 2017 - Mathematical Expositions
In particular, I enjoy teaching courses about "elementary math from a college perspective," like College Geometries, Abstract Algebra, and Number Theory.  I also really enjoy Calc II, an under-appreciated subject.

Pedagogy

My pedagogy is always evolving.  Until I'm forced to put my teaching philosophy into writing as part of my tenure portfolio, I'd rather not limit myself by actually writing one.  Thus, I will be brief and abstract:
I employ active learning pedagoy and growth mindset assessment.

Quotes

The following quotes inspire my teaching, yet are not necessarily about teaching.  Take a moment to consider them.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein

You can't lead the people if you don't love the people.  You can't save the people if you don't serve the people.
Cornel West

The most dangerous phrase in the language is, "We've always done it this way."
Grace Hopper

Always make them laugh.  Try to make the cry.  Always take the stage like it's the last night of your life.
Frank Turner

If you're bored, then you're boring.
Harvey Danger

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not.
The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Wayne Gretzky

Just ease your mind.  Have a banana or two.
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