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|James R. Olsen, Ph.D.
Western Illinois University
Summer 2020 (online) Graduate Courses at WIU:
Annual Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers Conference has been cancelled - April 17, 2020, on the WIU Macomb campus. Join us for this great conference in 2021.
Mini-Conference on Secondary Mathematics Teaching - Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, 5-8 pm. This mini-conference is intended for grade 7-12 mathematics teachers.
Information page for the Masters of Science in Teaching Mathematics (MSTM). This degree has not yet been approved (it is in the approval process, spring 2020). This page has the structure and ideas that we are working on.
Logic For Middle School - workshop at NCTM Centennial Annual Meeting & Exposition, in Chicago, IL, April 3, 2020, 9:45 - 11 am.. Session #369 (on page 67 of the program book; location: McCormick Place - South Building, S401BC). Workshop by Jesus Aguirre, Alejandro (Alex) Rangel, and Jim Olsen of Western Illinois University. Logic for Middle School is the web site. Parking information.
Logic for Middle School - web site created by Jesus Aguirre, Alejandro Rangel, and Jim Olsen of Western Illinois University
My Top Eight Reasons for Using Technology to Help Students Learn Mathematics, with Examples of Each - Handout and Slides. Presentation at the Mini-Conference on Secondary Mathematics Teaching, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.
Materials for Promoting Problem Solving and Experiencing the Beauty of Mathematics - Poster Presentation at Educating the Educators III international conference in Freiburg, Germany, October 7-8, 2019. Handout of problems.
Online Teaching of Math and Technical Subjects Series - Three sessions, fall 2019, given for CITR at WIU. Top 10 Suggestions, Sept. 26: slides; handout. Zoom Videoconferencing, Oct. 24: slides; Introductory Zoom, Sychronous example, Whiteboard example. WesternOnline, Nov. 14 slides; handout.
Converting to Online Instruction: Workshop on WesternOnline and Google Hangouts Meet, hosted by Jim Olsen on March 16, 2020 for Math and Philosophy Dept. Slides here. Video part 1 here. Video part 2 here. Notes page here. Workshop description here.
Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness Act - Statewide Transitional Math: Competencies and Policies - (PDF) released August 2018. PWR Transitional Math. Main PWR Act website. PaCE expectations.
Deepening an Understanding of Division and Problem Types - Handout , Student handout, and Slides for presentation by Kim Hartweg & Jim Olsen at the 68th Annual Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers' Conference, April 12, 2019. Link to GeoGebra, Division I app: bit.ly/division-1
Look For and Make Use of Structure, Symmetry, and Similarity - handouts (pdf) for presentation at ISMAA at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, March 30, 2019.
Improving Vertical Alignment by Identifying Essential Learning Outcomes in Math - Workshops with Macomb C.U.S.D. #185 teachers October 17 and November 28, 2018. Facilitator: Dr. Jim Olsen.
Slides for presentation titled, The Conceptual Understanding-Procedural Fluency-Problem Solving Trifecta in Mathematics: Helping Students Learn, presented at the Educational Essentials Conference, Sept. 21, 2018, at Western Illinois University.
Look For and Make Use of Structure, Symmetry, and Similarity - handouts (pdf) for presentation at 34th Annual Conference on Teaching Mathematics at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, Feb. 21, 2019.
Slides [WIU Math Ts Conference] for Look For and Make Use of Structure, Symmetry, and Similarity, presentation at the Annual Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers Conference, April 13, 2018. bit.ly/WIUMath2018
Slides [Valpo] for Some Rich Geometric Diagrams and Connecting the Mathematics Beneath, presentation at the TRISECTION MEETING of the Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan Sections of the MAA, March 23, 2018. bit.ly/OlsenValpo-2018
Geometry.drjimo.net - this is a new (therefore under construction) web site. This website provides geometry problems which are mathematically beautiful in their own right, and which also help our students reason mathematically, see connections in mathematics, and improve problem-solving abilities.
Summer Academy - 2018 - Engaging Learners with Video - In June, I attended this summer academy put on by the WIU CITR. The academy provided numerous tools for designing, developing and integrating video for educational use.
Percent: From 7RP.3 through College and Career Readiness (.PPT) - presented at the Mini-Conference on Secondary Mathematics Teaching - Thursday, November 16, 2017.
Mental Math Strategies PowerPoint - created and presented for WIU Math Club, 10/4/2017. This is an overview of mental math strategies with seven strategies highlighted.
STEM through A Wind Turbine
Standards Based Grading - presentations at the ICTM Annual Conference, Oct. 24, 2015, at Tinley Park, IL; the W.I.U. Mini-Conference on Secondary Mathematics Teaching, Nov. 19, 2015, in Moline, IL; NCTM Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 6, 2017; MAA MathFest, Denver, CO, August 2, 2018 at 3:30-5:00 pm.
Beauty of Three Dimensional Polyhedra Workshop (in Celebration of the MAA's Centennial) at MAA MathFest, August 7, 2015 (Washington, DC) and at the ISMAA Annual Meeting April 8, 2016 (Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL). Links to the presentation and resources.
Brain-Based Learning and Learning Theories - much has been discovered and written lately -- and this helps us help our students learn.
Math Education Research and a Plethora of Committee and Government Reports - Originally compiled on the occasion of the Common Core State Standards (the reports were the precursors for the CCSS). Updated periodically.
The 24 Percent Tweets project is 24 quick lessons on percent. Click>>24 Percent Tweets for the information webpage with links. I hope you can use this to teach or learn about percent and its applications.
Course Specific Mental Math Curriculum - For Eighth Grade and for Algebra I. 30 worksheets each, teaching 30 strategies. Free download.
Math Contests at Western Illinois University For Middle School and High School Students - This is as ongoing initiative at W.I.U. Get your students involved!
My Fall 2020 Courses: (Click here for office hours.)
My Spring 2020 Courses: (Click here for office hours.)
Quizlet Page - Quizlet is a great program (and app for iPad or other tablet) for making flash cards and review materials.
Volume and Surface Area Webpage - Prisms, Pyramids, Cylinders, and Cones
Navigating the Landscape of Fraction, Decimal, and Percent Problems - Documents, problems, and handouts from our presentations at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, October 22, 2011, the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, April 8, 2011, and the Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers' Conference, March 23, 2012.
RATES Project - Real-world Applications Teaching Everyday Solutions curriculum development project
Math Fundamentals - How ~ Why ~ Games ~ Practice
My PowerPoint on the Berlin Wall.
I am a professor in the Mathematics and Philosophy Department at Western Illinois University. I teach mathematics courses and teaching methods courses for prospective and practicing teachers. My research interests are student understanding of the function concept, educational uses of technology, and problem solving. For more detailed information, click Info on Dr. O.
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|James R. Olsen, Ph.D.
Assistant to the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Philosophy
Mathematics and Philosophy Department
Western Illinois University
Morgan Hall 478
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
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