"Inquiry-Based Learning to Engage and Empower the Disfranchised"
I also recommend checking out their website on teaching courses for Liberal Arts Students at Discovering the Art of Mathematics.
One of the biggest themes that I will carry not only into my teaching career but in my life is the idea of productive failure. Failure is given the stigma of being negative and until I came to this class I believed that. After going through this class my thoughts on failure have completely changed. I never thought of failure as a device that can enhance learning and ideas. Every day, watching everyone present their productive failure I noticed how no matter how small the failure was someone learned something. It not only taught us how not to do something, but the right way to think about certain problems and common misconceptions that can help you better adjust your lessons as a teacher. Failure is a part of life and should be embraced and not chastised. ByExperiences like this are some of the major reasons why I spent so much of my time thinking about improving teaching and improving the system. When it works, it's wonderful! When we say the classes are more fun to teach and students get more out of it, it's hard to communicate the impact. Some might think that the C student moves up to a B, but that captures little of the real transformation that occurs in some the hearts and minds of our students. Changing one's entire outlook on mistakes and how that might impact that student's math teaching practices in the future is a tremendous change!
giving failure in learning such a negative connotation you can inhibit students from good learning habits and for a love of school. I believe that failure should be considered productive and embraced in classrooms all around the world. -- Jordy Adamski, Cal Poly Math Graduate
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