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Announcing the Circular Teaching Squad

Abstract: I discuss the rationale for changing the name of our lunch discussion group. Join us March 22nd!

For a couple years now I have been moderating lunch discussions about teaching and learning on campus here at Queens College. I had been doing so under the guise of the Experiential Learning Group started back in […]

Student Forays into Pencil Puzzles

Abstract: In the first six days of my pencil puzzles class, my students have had to think deeply about solving and creating Battleships puzzles. This post discusses the day-to-day class mechanics and assignments.

Now I’ll talk about the first few days of my pencil puzzles class. (Previous post setting the stage.) I started the first […]


This semester I am teaching Math 555: Games and Puzzles for the first time. The class does not serve as a prerequisite for any other class and it does not fulfill any degree requirements more than miscellaneous math credits, which means that I have a free hand to teach the content I want to teach. […]

Creative Writing is Experiential Learning!

Abstract: Creative writing gives students a chance to experience a topic in a new way and lets students try on an alternate persona. Also, I muse about how to include creative writing in a math class.

At the Experiential Learning Lunch on October 21, 2015, we had a lively discussion about creative writing and why […]

Experiential Learning Lunch on 21 Oct 2015

Abstract: We highlight a few of the innovative teaching techniques that were presented in October’s Experiential Learning Lunch.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, twenty-eight members of the Queens College community assembled for a lunch discussion devoted to Experiential Learning. (Learn more about our group.) I had asked participants to prepare a 2-3 minute discourse about […]

The Experiential Learning Group at Queens College

Abstract: This post is a quick introduction to our college’s experiential learning group. What is experiential learning? What happens in a group meeting?

I’ve been participating in a teaching and learning group at Queens College focused on Experiential Learning since it was founded in 2012 when Grace Davie (QC History) was taking the lead. This […]

Announcing The MathZorro Podcast

Abstract: In Fall 2014, I recorded podcasts with my Combinatorics students and they are now ready for consumption. You can read descriptions of the episodes, or subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

One of my core teaching philosophies is that students are the most motivated to learn and internalize the concepts they are learning best when […]