Special issue of PRIMUS - The Creation and Implementation of Effective Homework Assignments

In the current Special issue of PRIMUS - The Creation and Implementation of Effective Homework Assignment (Part I - so there is more to follow) these two talented guest editors, Sarah J. Greenwald (Appalachian State University) and Judy A. Holdener (Kenyon College), have assembled some remarkable stories about how to create and implement student home activities for teaching mathematics. Since we founded PRIMUS way back when and have worked with these talented women we are so pleased to call attention to their exceptional efforts as Guest Editors of this issue of PRIMUS - Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. We also want to give a shout out to the current - Co-Editors-in-Chief Jo Ellis Monoghan (Saint Michael's College) and Matt Boelkins (Grand Valley State University) for taking PRIMUS to new heights and coverage by moving from 4 issues per year to 10 rich issues per year several years into their tenure, offering focused Special Issues, and maintaining high quality in articles published in the journal.

Most libraries at schools that teach undergraduate mathematics offer PRIMUS in their holdings. You can visit the journal site  ( and PRIMUS is now freely available to any member of the MAA - Mathematical Association of America through their membership portal.  So we strongly encourage you to read PRIMUS for its rich special issues (we have two issues devoted to modeling in differential equations coming up soon!) and its collegial articles about our profession of teaching mathematics. 

Here is the line up for material from Part I of "The Creation and Implementation of Effective Homework Assignment" and we cannot wait to see Part II. Your homework? Visit, read, learn, and act on behalf of your students!


The Creation and Implementation of Effective Homework Assignments (Part 1): Creation
Sarah J. Greenwald & Judy A. Holdener
Pages: 1-8 | DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2018.1555564


Designing Mathematical Thinking Tasks
Sinéad Breen & Ann O’Shea
Pages: 9-20 | DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2017.1396567

Calculus Homework: A Storied Approach
Judy A. Holdener & Brian D. Jones
Pages: 21-42 | DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2017.1394946

Video Made the Calculus Star
Matthew A. Morena, Shelly Smith & Robert Talbert
Pages: 43-55 | DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2017.1396568

Justification and Proof-Writing in Calculus I through Group Homework Assignments
Taylor E. Martin
Pages: 56-70 | DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2018.1434845

Incorporating Meaningful Reflection into Calculus Assignments
Kevin Gerstle
Pages: 71-81 | DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2018.1472155

I Felt Like A Mathematician: Problems and Assessment To Promote Creative Effort
Mohamed Omar, Gulden Karakok, Milos Savic, Houssein El Turkey & Gail Tang
Pages: 82-102 | DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2018.1475435

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