Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Summer in Review

I only taught Differential Equations this summer. The students managed to solve a differential equation with GNU Octave. That's an improvement over the last summer. I've been teaching Intermediate Algebra in the summers as well, but this summer it didn't make. It was hard to stay home for just one class, as we like to take the family on road trips during the summer.

In addition to teaching, the other math faculty (four of them) and I worked on our redesign of the developmental algebra sequence. We planned all of Prealgebra (MAT 55) and Basic Algebra (MAT 65). We worked out most of Intermediate Algebra (MAT 120). Intermediate Algebra is not considered developmental at KCTCS, but it is treated as a developmental course at Maysville. We wrote MyMathLab test, homework, and quizzes for each class. In addition, we wrote pencil and paper test, homework, and quizzes for each class.

Mike Pemberton and Paulette Sauer piloted the computer assisted sections of MAT 55 and MAT 65 this summer during an eight week session. We actually had a few students finish the courses. The courses are "minimally paced", which means the students work at their own pace. By dividing the courses into five units each, and tracking students' progress through a database, the students who did not pass this summer are not starting from scratch. The unit grades will carry over to the fall.

At the end of the summer, the college lost one adjunct faculty member and the physics faculty member, who also taught math. That left five math sections uncovered. I was able to pick up two sections, but I lost my Math for Elementary Teachers course that I was looking forward to.

At the end of July, we drove across county to Denver for a family reunion. We managed to have fun even though there were four of us in a Chevy Cobalt for two weeks. We managed to visit seven National Park Units on the trip. We were rushing because the budget negotiations were in progress, and we weren't sure if there if there would be National Parks in August.