NebraskaMATH Newsletter - March 2014

NMSSI 2013, Math 804T in Grand Island
NMSSI 2013, Math 804T in Grand Island

NMSSI offers graduate courses designed for teachers

Summer has always been a time when highly motivated teachers continue their graduate education. What's new in recent years is the development of mathematics and pedagogy courses that emphasize mathematical knowledge for teaching delivered in a teacher-friendly format. This is the NMSSI's mission. Continue reading…

'Math in the Movies'

Dr. Tony DeRose (Courtesy photo)The UNL Department of Mathematics is pleased to welcome Dr. Tony DeRose, a senior scientist and leader of the research group at Pixar Animation Studios. DeRose will present the public talk "Math in the Movies" on Tuesday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m., in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. Continue reading…

Design the 25th Math Day poster

2013 Math Day PosterDo you have a high school student that loves math and graphic design? We are now taking entries from high school students for designs of the 2014 UNL Math Day poster. This year's event on Nov. 20 will be its 25th anniversary, so we are looking for something special! Continue reading…

Spirograph on Geogebra

For those readers who recall the wonders of making colorful designs with the Spirograph (which can still be purchased, by the way!) check out this Geogebra file, compliments of Eric Smith (Math Instructor, Southeast Community College). Continue reading…

Resource: How poverty impacts student engagement

Jensen book coverEric Jensen has written recently about the negative impacts of poverty on student engagement, and thus on student success. He identifies 7 key differences between students in poverty and those in middle-class families, and offers suggestions for teachers for how to mitigate these differences. Continue reading…

Puzzler: Prison switcharoo

A warden meets with 23 prisoners and says, "You may meet today to plan a strategy. But after today, you will be in isolated cells with no communication." If the prisoners can solve a problem, they go free. If not, they're in for life! See if you can help the prisoners win their freedom.
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Originally published March 13, 2014 - Submit an Item