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Why is mathematics feared?

I visited family in Cuba over the summer. During that visit, I met professors from Mathematics at Universidad de La Habana who work with writers, actors and musicians to demystify mathematics. In one show that I attended, the former Dean of Mathematics demonstrated how to calculate the number of beats in reguetón songs that are […]

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 […]

Student evaluations

Hi All!

I am sure by now most of us have read through our student evaluation of us and either don’t really care what it does, are frustrated with what it says, or are actually happy with the responses. This semester, I am personally a little frustrated with some of the responses. Sometimes the students […]

Cramming it In : Summer Sessions

When teaching in the fall or spring semester , it seems easy enough to follow a syllabus. You have fifteen weeks to manage a course, steer your curriculum and accomplish the goals you have set for the class.

I am just now remembering that summer sessions are a completely different animal. The program in which […]

College Writing: Could We Discuss Reasonable Expectations and Teach Good Grammar?

As an instructor of College Writing, I am struck by what expectations are placed upon our students in terms of the types of essays we ask them to produce and the level of academic savvy we presume they should display even within their very first semester of college.

Having been […]

The Red Balloon

“The Red Balloon” is a short film, produced in France. In 1956 it won the Oscar for Best Short Film. It is a movie about a boy who has a magic balloon. For those who have not yet experienced “The Red Balloon,” it is available on youtube. It is lyrical and poetic.

In the days […]

Teaching students Mathematica

Abstract: Mathematica has amazing capabilities, and my students have started to harness its power to investigate and create mathematics.

This Spring 2015 semester I am teaching MATH 213: Math with Mathematica. I last taught this course in Fall 2009, and this was the last time it was last taught at Queens College. Back then I […]