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Colloquium – Dr. Rob Ely

Thursday, September 8th 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
Aderhold Hall, Room
110 Carlton St, Athens, GA 30602
Via Zoom:

For this talk, we’ll start with a few paradoxes of infinity for you to mull over. I interviewed 23 undergraduate and graduate students (and one mathematician) about several such problems, including variants of the Ross Urns paradox. The way they experienced and resolved cognitive conflict provides insights about how infinite mathematical objects are mentally constructed.

Colloquium – Dr. Aubrey Kemp

 In mathematics, definitions are an integral part of understanding concepts and students often face obstacles in developing a deep understanding on how to apply definitions in mathematical proofs and problem-solving situations. In the context of geometry, research shows that by observing properties and making conjectures in non-Euclidean geometry, students can better develop their understanding of concepts and definitions in Euclidean geometry. For this ongoing project, Taxicab geometry (defined by Taxicab distance, or the ūĚźŅ1 norm) was introduced to students enrolled in a College Geometry course at a university. Action-Process-Object-Schema (APOS) Theory was used as a guiding framework in the data analysis of responses from students to a real-life problem situated in Taxicab geometry. This presentation will provide illustrations of the conceptual understanding of midset (known as a perpendicular bisector in Euclidean geometry) found among participants and suggestions for teaching material to help facilitate development of a deeper understanding of definitions in geometry. 

Immediately after the talk all students are welcome to join Dr. Kemp and MESA for an informal conversation via Zoom

Zoom link:

First-Year Teaching Panel

First-Years Teaching Panel

Come out on Thursday, March 26th, from 6:00PM* to 7:30PM for the First-Year Teaching Panel. UGA Math Ed graduates will share their first-year experience. Food and drinks will be provided. Location to be announced soon.

First Begles of 2020!

MESA invites you to the first Begles of 2020! This Begles is during recruitment weekend and we would love to see as many faces as possible at this event! Keep an eye out for an email with address information.

End of Semester Celebration!

MESA¬†will hold our end of the semester celebration at the ice skating rink at the Classic Center on Wednesday, December 4th. The skate time we’ve selected is 5:00-6:30pm. If you are hesitant¬†about ice skating, fear not! The Classic Center ice rink has skating aids to help support your balance (see photo below!)¬†Please use this¬†sign up sheet¬†to RSVP for the event. Recall,¬†MESA¬†will cover the cost of the ticket for the first 35 individuals¬†that sign up, so act fast! If you plan to bring your partner and/or children, please list their names on separate lines.¬†¬†Look for another email closer to Wednesday about when and where to pick up your ticket if you are one of the lucky 35! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Principals’ Panel

MESA is excited to announce that on¬†Tuesday, November 12th,¬†principals from the surrounding districts will be in Aderhold Hall participating in a¬†panel¬†focused on future educators! The event will start at¬†6:00pm in Room 229. This will be a great opportunity to build connections with administrators in local school districts, ask questions related to teaching and math education, and learn about these¬†principal’s perspectives. You do not need to be a member of MESA to attend, nor do you need to be in math education. All are welcome!

Math Ed Tech Workshop

TI representative, Beth Smith, will conduct a workshop for the student teachers on Tuesday, November 19 from 9:00am – 12:00pm in Room 116. The workshop will focus on high school mathematics topics using the TI-84 CE, TI-Nspire, and the TI-Rover (coding).  To participate, please sign up here.