Starter Kit for Teaching Modeling-First Differential Equations Course
SIMIODE is offering a Minicourse at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego CA, 10 – 13 January 2018
Here are the details and you can sign up when the registration for the JMM 2018 opens up in Fall 2017. Check out your copy of MAA FOCUS and the Notices of the AMS for details then.
The team leading the minicourse consists of Rosemary Farley, Manhattan College, Riverdale NY; Therese Shelton, Southwestern university, Georgetown TX; Patrice Tiffany, Riverdale NY; Brian Winkel, SIMIODE, Cornwall NY; and Holly Zullo, Westminster College, Salt Lake City UT.
We offer this minicourse in support of colleagues who wish to start using rich modeling resources to teach differential equations. Our method uses actual experience with classroom materials and discussions on how to initiate such practices in participants’ courses. We put participants in the role of students early in a differential equations course in which modeling is the driving force. We offer tested and successful modeling scenarios which engage students and bring forth differential equation notions and concepts through modeling.
In attempting to understand the world around them, historically, mathematicians and scientists built models of change resulting in rate or differential equations. A modeling-first approach to teaching differential equations is in this spirit of this original development of the field and is supported in SIMIODE. Minicourse participants will experiences a teaching approach for differential equations motivated throughout by modeling. Minicourse activities will engage (by example, experience, and discussion) faculty in how to start using modeling scenarios for teaching; how to contribute their own modeling projects for peer-reviewed, double-blind publication in the SIMIODE community; and build on modeling success with their students to encourage learning the mathematics of differential equations. Take-aways include experiences in learning differential equations through modeling scenarios, work with examples of modeling activities which succeed in the classroom, and access to a great many other activities to help faculty start their transition to using modeling and technology to motivate their students to learn differential equations.
Here is the intended set of activities - and this is an ACTIVE minicourse with participant PARTICIPATION!
|When:||Thursday 11 January, 2018 8:00 am EST - Saturday 13 January, 2018 5:00 pm EST|