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Burks, Robert – PRIMUS, 2011
This article describes a modification of the popular TV game show, "Survivor," as conducted in an undergraduate first semester mathematics precalculus course. The objective of this game is a group-based competitive drill and practice activity to help students prepare and review for the fundamental concepts exam. The results of this activity…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Calculus, Communication Skills, Mathematics Instruction
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Burks, Robert – PRIMUS, 2010
This article describes key elements for educators to successfully implement a student mathematics portfolio in an undergraduate mathematics course. This article offers practical advice for implementing a student mathematics portfolio in a freshman precalculus course. We look at the potential value added to student class preparation and compare our…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Self Efficacy, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction
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Burks, Robert; Heidenberg, Alex; Leoni, Deann; Ratliff, Tommy – PRIMUS, 2009
This article describes key elements for mathematics teachers, through the faculty development process, to increase student engagement and motivation in learning mathematics. It addresses common barriers facing student motivation and achievement in the field of mathematics and provides potential remedies from a faculty development viewpoint to…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Mathematics Teachers, Faculty Development, Mathematics Instruction
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Burks, Robert; Lindquist, Joseph; McMurran, Shawnee – PRIMUS, 2008
At United States Military Academy, a unit on biological modeling applications forms the culminating component of the first semester core mathematics course for freshmen. The course emphasizes the use of problem-solving strategies and modeling to solve complex and ill-defined problems. Topic areas include functions and their shapes, data fitting,…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Calculus, Matrices, Liberal Arts