Contemplation, Inquiry, and Creation: How to Teach Math While Keeping One’s Mouth Shut. Andrew-David Bjork Siena Heights University 13 th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities June 12 -15, 2014. Introduction.
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Siena Heights University
13th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities
June 12 -15, 2014
What makes the education one receives from a Dominican institution distinctly Dominican?
How do students often experience math classes?
After many years of wanting a Dominican approach to teaching mathematics, I discovered Inquiry-Based pedagogy.
What does an Inquiry-Based course look like?
I write notes as the class proceeds. The notes contain:
Journal for Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics
A typical class period proceeds like this:
Students present their own solutions:
Problems are given to students with no hints or examples.
I give the sequencing, the students are responsible for finding the mathematics.
Cooperation, discussion, shared frustrations all build our classroom community
The student presentations drive the class. Each student presents dozens of problems through the course of the semester.