- Improve my teaching in developmental courses. I have an abysmal record for teaching developmental courses, and I am teach more sections this semester. The main problem I seem to have is assuming that students are aware of how to be successful in college coursework. I am going to work on ways to get around a "sink or swim" attitude.
- Implement a standards based assessment in Trigonometry. I am the only faculty who teaches trigonometry, so that means I can experiment a little with the course. As a department, we like to keep the courses we teach in common as uniform as possible. I am planning on using the KCTCS course competencies for MAT 155 as a foundation for standards based assessment in Trigonometry. I would like to use this in all of our developmental classes in the future, but I want to pilot in a course where I have control.
- More projects in Liberal Arts Mathematics. I am teaching it in a slightly different format with our teleconferencing system to remote campuses. I am planning on using two days a week to cover a few core topics, and then having the students do projects for the rest of the material, with them making choices on what topics to use. I have no idea of what projects I will have them do. However, I am getting used to building airplanes as I fly them.
- Write exactly one blog post each week. I have not done very good with updating this blog, so I will make an effort to do so. With one post per week, I can come up with better topics to discuss.
I have other goals for the year, but they are not related to the blog. They are the usual: lose weight, clean the house, get more sleep.