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|James R. Olsen, Ph.D.
Western Illinois University
Fall 2015 Online Course Offering ~ Math 406 - Problem Solving and the History of Mathematics - Begins (online course) Aug. 24, 2015. Click here for more information.
Beauty of Three Dimensional Polyhedra Workshop (in Celebration of the MAA's Centennial) at MAA MathFest, Friday, August 7, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, Marriott Wardman Park, Maryland C, Washington, DC. Links to the presentation and resources.
Annual Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers Conference: "Common Core Mathematics: Modeling with Real-World Data" - April 10, 2015, on the WIU Macomb campus. Join us for this great conference.
Mini-Conference on Secondary Mathematics Teaching - Thursday, November 13, from 5-8 p.m. in Morgan Hall on the W.I.U.-Macomb 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.
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/.
The 24 Percent Tweets project is complete. Click>>24 Percent Tweets for the information webpage with links. Click>>Learnist Board if you want to use the Learnist version. There are 4 Learnist Boards (1, 2, 3, 4). Each board explains 6 important percent concepts (for a total of 24 concepts). 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.
Annual Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers Conference - April 10, 2015, on the WIU Macomb campus.
Math Resources for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment - Workshop for Farmington Jr. and Sr. High, October 31, 2014
Rates, Ratios, Proportions, and Linear Functions: Algebraic Reasoning in Grades 6-9 - Workshop at RI-ROE, October 29, 2014
Tasks and Resources for Preparing High School Classrooms for the PARCC Assessments (9-12) - Teacher workshop materials & links. Adkinson, IL (BHS R.O.E. - 10/29/2013), Rock Island, IL (RI-R.O.E. - 12/5/13), Macomb, IL (R.O.E. #26 - 2/26/14); Quincy, IL (R.O.E. #1 - 4/30/14).
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 2015 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.
Brain-Based Learning and Learning Theories - much has been discovered and written lately -- and this helps us help our students learn.
iPad For Novices and iPad For Schools: Information, Links, and Resources - Since I'm new at the iPad, I made these pages to help myself and other newbies. A Few More iPad Tips
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.
Mental Math Workshop Handouts - Feb. 28, 2012, Macomb, IL & Nov. 1, 2011, Atkinson, IL.
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 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.
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
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updated: August 27, 2015
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