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|James R. Olsen, Ph.D.
Western Illinois University
Annual Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers Conference - April 13, 2018, on the WIU Macomb campus. Join us for this great conference.
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.
Mini-Conference on Secondary Mathematics Teaching - Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. at the W.I.U.-Quad Cities campus. This mini-conference is intended for grade 7-12 mathematics teachers. Register for this enjoyable evening of sharing and connecting today. More info here.
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 at 11:00 a.m.
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!
Mathematics Teacher Education Summit, Saturday, March 1, 2014, 9am – 4pm at Lincoln Land Community College. This teacher education summit is designed to provide updates, networking, and sharing opportunities for all involved in the teacher education process in Illinois. The focus is on the new math standards for elementary ('Part 20') and middle school teachers ('Part 21'). For more information, and to register, see http://illinoiseledandmsteachered.wordpress.com/.
My Spring 2018 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
Online Math Games, Demonstration/Exploration Tools, & Puzzles, organized by grade, K through 12.
Spreadsheet of All Games ~ ~ Spreadsheet of All Demonstration/Exploration Tools
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.
Mathematics and Philosophy Department
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
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updated: April 12, 2018
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