on the password-protected GRADES page.
on the password-protected GRADES page.
Every college class is planned with certain goals in mind – to convey ideas, to encourage certain kinds of thinking, to provide opportunities for learning, for exploration, for practice. A typical plan consists of a mix of different activities, both in and out of class, and hopefully each activity contributes to achieving the goals of the class. In this assignment, I am going to ask you to think about some of the different things you have done for this class and reflect on their effectiveness.
Some of the activities that make up this class are listed below. This list is not comprehensive (it may be missing things!), and includes both in-class and out-of-class activities.
Partial list of activities:
Assignment (Due Tuesday, July 2nd). Respond to at least two of the following questions (1 or 2 sentences each). Feel free to discuss activities that are not listed above, if you wish.
Most people go to college because they are trying to build a better future for themselves. What job do you hope to get after college? Imagine you have completed your college degree, and your education and experience have allowed you to obtain the job that you want.
With this job in mind, consider the following list of activities. Which of them are you most likely to be asked to do as part of your new job? Put them in order from most likely to least likely. If you are uncertain, make your best guess based on your current knowledge and experience.
List of activities:
Assignment (due Thursday, June 27):
Respond to the above activity by leaving a comment in response to this post. Your comment should include all of the following:
Extra Credit. Comment on someone else’s post. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
You can find them on the password-protected GRADES page.
Last June I also taught this same course, MAT 1272, in summer school. Just before the final exam, I gave my students the following assignment:
Imagine that you are invited to speak on the first day of MAT 1272, to give advice to entering students. Write a paragraph…describing what you would tell them.
To see the assignment and the students’ responses, follow this link.
Your assignment, due next Thursday, June 20th, is to:
Extra Credit. For extra credit, write a response to one of your classmates’ comments. Do you have any advice? Be kind.
I’ve received a number of emails with questions about WeBWorK — these are emails sent from within the WeBWorK system. I’m happy to answer them, BUT I have no way to do so unless you have entered an email address in the WeBWorK system (after you log in, click on the “Password/Email” link in the menu on the left). So enter an email address, and send your question again, please!
This assignment is due Thursday, June 13th, at the start of class. Late submissions will receive partial credit.
Assignment. Choose ONE of the following two topics. Write a comment in reply to this post (click “Leave a Reply” below), responding to the topic in 1-2 paragraphs. Begin by telling us which topic you chose. Be sure to include your name so I can give you credit.
Extra Credit. For extra credit, write a response to one of your classmates’ comments. Do you feel the same? Did you learn anything? Do you have any advice? Be kind.
Why are we doing this, anyway? Having progressed this far in your school career, you are familiar with many of the tools for learning math: studying, practicing by doing problems, asking questions when you need help, and so on. I’d like to talk about two activities that may NOT seem related to learning math — but research shows that engaging in these activities can dramatically increase the amount that you learn, and change the way you learn it. The first is writing – something not typically associated with mathematics. When you express your ideas in words, it forces you to think them through very carefully, detail by detail. A great way to check and see if you really understand something is to try to explain it to someone else, either out loud or in writing. Example: if you know how to add fractions, try teaching it someone who doesn’t know how. The second is called metacognition, or “thinking about thinking.” This happens when you think about what was going on in your head while you were working on a problem or trying to learn a new idea. What train of thought did you follow? Where did you get stuck, and what did you do next? What were you feeling at the time? and so on. Combining writing and metacognition can be a tremendously powerful tool in identifying the ways we learn best and the ways we make mistakes, and learning to improve. However, like any skill, it takes practice. That’s why we’re getting started by writing a little about our past experiences with mathematics.
WeBWorK is accessible from on and off campus (anywhere you have access to the internet). Your first 3 assignments are due on Monday, June 10th, at midnight, and will cover the material from the first week of the course. Here’s what you have to do:
Assignment. You must complete the following three steps.
Step 1. Log in to WeBWorK here: http://mathww.citytech.cuny.edu/webwork2/MAT1272-Reitz/. I have created Usernames and Passwords for each student registered for my class.
Username. Your username for WeBWorK consists of your first initial plus your last name, all lowercase (for example, John Smith would have username ‘jsmith’).
Password. Your temporary password is the same as your username (if your username is ‘jsmith’, your password is currently ‘jsmith’).
Step 2. Change your password and update your email address. To do this, select “Password/Email” from the main menu on the left. Use whatever email address you like (I suggest using one that you check often).
Step 3. Complete the first assignment, titled Assignment1 – Sec 2.1, by clicking on it in the main screen.
If you have any trouble – either with logging in, or with completing the assignment, post a comment here or send me an email and I will get back to you.
This course is MAT 1272, Statistics, taking place in the Summer 2013 semester with Professor Reitz. We will be using this website in a variety of ways this semester – as a central location for information about the course (assignments, review sheets, policies, and so on), a place to ask and answer questions, to post examples of our work, and to talk about statistics, mathematics, education, reality and imagination.
Getting Started on the OpenLab
Anyone on the internet can look around the site and see what we are doing, and even leave a comment on one of the pages. However, only registered users can create new posts and participate in the discussion boards.
How do I register?
You will need to do two things:
Problems with the OpenLab or with your CityTech email:
Please let me know if you run into any problems registering or joining our course (send me an email, email@example.com). I also wanted to give you two resources to help out in the process:
1. For problems with your citytech email account, contact the Student Computing Helpdesk, either in person, by phone, or by email:
Student Computing Helpdesk
Location: Namm First Floor – Information Booth
Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm