Teaching Group

Welcome to the home page of the Rutgers Math Department Teaching Group. This page will list the past and upcoming talks for the seminar. This semester, we will be meeting at 9 AM on Tuesdays in the Graduate Lounge (Hill 701). The website for last semester's seminar can be found here.

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Next Seminar

Talk Title: Cognitive Models of Learning

Speaker: Chloe Wawrzyniak (Rutgers University)

Date: February 6, 2020

Location: Hill 701 - Graduate Student Lounge

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM

Abstract: TBA


Past Seminars

Talk Title: Teaching Freshmen How to be Successful College Students

Speaker: Chloe Wawrzyniak (Rutgers University)

Date: September 17, 2019

Location: Hill 701 - Graduate Student Lounge

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM

Abstract: We will be discussing strategies for teaching students how to college. Specific points of conversation include teaching students how to send appropriate and helpful emails, discussing what office hours are and how to make the most of them, and other general life/student skills we should be teaching students (e.g. time-management).

Talk Title: Syllabi

Speaker: Corrine Yap (Rutgers University)

Date: September 24, 2019

Location: Hill 701 - Graduate Student Lounge

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM

Abstract: We will be studying several syllabi from different classes at Rutgers, as well as an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on how to write a syllabi, and discussing.


Talk Title: Student Perspectives of Performance

Speaker: Matthew Russel (Rutgers University)

Date: October 1, 2019

Location: Hill 701 - Graduate Student Lounge

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM

Abstract: Matthew Russel will be leading our discussion, based around the following question he asked: "How do we get students to have realistic yet positive perspectives of their abilities and performance? Related readings are in the announcement posted on Canvas.

Talk Title: Course Architecture and Honors Section

Speaker: Professor Robert Beals (Rutgers University)

Date: October 8, 2019

Location: Hill 701 - Graduate Student Lounge

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM

Abstract: A guest speaker, Professor Beals, will be discussing the structure of courses within the department, what honors sections of classes are, and more.

Talk Title: Readings on Equity and Retention

Speaker: Yael Davidov (Rutgers University)

Date: October 15, 2019

Location: Hill 701 - Graduate Student Lounge

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM

Abstract: We discuss readings on some actionable reforms related to retention of minority students and consider how practically they might be carried out at Rutgers.

Talk Title: Inclusive Language in the Classroom

Speaker: Chloe Wawrzyniak (Rutgers University)

Date: October 22, 2019

Location: Hill 701 - Graduate Student Lounge

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM

Abstract: We will be talking about inclusive language in the classroom. This is a big topic, so we'll be focusing on some examples of marginalizing language to avoid.


Talk Title: Experimental Calculus Section Update

Speaker: Matthew Russel (Rutgers University)

Date: October 29, 2019

Location: Hill 701 - Graduate Student Lounge

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM

Abstract: Matthew is teaching an experimental section of Math 151 this semester; He will talk about how it has gone so far. He will touch on both what has worked and what hasn't.

Talk Title: Equip app and Inclusion/Exclusion

Speaker: Corrine Yap (Rutgers University)

Date: November 5, 2019

Location: Hill 701 - Graduate Student Lounge

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM

Abstract: On Tuesday, we'll be discussing inclusive practices in the classroom from a couple of different perspectives. One is a data-driven perspective and, in particular, the EQUIP App - how can it be used, is it useful, and how should (or shouldn't) its results influence our teaching? The other is a more global perspective: how should society and culture influence our actions in the classroom? How do we (and should we even) address topics like social justice and identity in the math classroom?

Talk Title: Observations

Speaker: Brian Pinsky (Rutgers University)

Date: November 12, 2019

Location: Hill 701 - Graduate Student Lounge

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM

Abstract: TBA

Talk Title: Office of Disabilities Services

Speaker: Debbie Huisman and Lorren Whitaker

Date: November 19, 2019

Location: Hill 701 - Graduate Student Lounge

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM

Abstract: Debbie Huisman and Lorren Whitaker from ODS will be coming to talk to us about the process of getting accommodations and answer all our questions about appropriately accommodating the needs of our students!

Talk Title: P2/C2 Review

Speaker: Chloe Wawrzyniak, Matthew Russel, Edna Jones (Rutgers University)

Date: November 26, 2019

Location: Hill 701 - Graduate Student Lounge

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM

Abstract: We're going to be discussing some updates on the various P2C2 efforts. For new folks: P2C2 stands for Precalculus to Calculus 2, named after the MAA studies by the same name. Our department is undergoing considerable changes in these courses, with a large focus on adding active learning and other evidence-based teaching techniques like flipped classrooms.