Half a proof is no proof, but progress is progress
Summary: We’ll discuss using a Euclidean geometry course as a vehicle for teaching the processes of doing mathematics. I’ll assert that geometry is a good place to invite students into the culture of being a mathematician, and share some techniques for getting students to learn not just how to find a proof, but how to state a theorem, and how to make a conjecture.
Duration: 60 minutes
Format: Online seminar via Zoom web meeting software with questions and discussion. Detailed instructions for joining the seminar will be emailed to registered participants.
TJ Hitchman is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at University of Northern Iowa, where he has been “the geometry guy” and “the IBL guy” for fifteen years. He wrote his own curriculum for a Euclidean Geometry course aimed primarily at pre-service teachers, conducted in a student-presentation-heavy Inquiry Based Learning style. When not thinking about math or teaching, he referees soccer games, drinks tea, watches birds, and tells ridiculous stories with his children.