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My Experiences in a Faculty Mentoring Network for Mathematical Modeling

Author(s): Lauren Margaret Shareshian

Oregon Episcopal School

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Talk given as a part of the Symposium - Communities of Practice for Math Modeling Education at the SIAM 2018 Conference

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Version 1.0 - published on 28 Aug 2018 doi:10.25334/Q46F0P - cite this


Faculty mentoring networks are online groups, usually including 10-15 faculty members focused on a specific topic, that typically meet every two weeks over a period of several months. They allow colleagues across the country to discover new teaching materials and pedagogical techniques and incorporate them into their courses. The Mathematical Modeling Faculty Mentoring Network (MMFMN) brings together faculty to learn about, discuss, and implement math modeling instructional approaches and materials. In its inaugural online meetings during the fall of 2017, fellow master math modeling teachers shared, developed, and refined modeling activities as well as teaching strategies. In the spring, these teachers committed to helping at least one other colleague to incorporate math modeling into their curriculum. In this session, I will share some of the benefits I gained from collaborating with these master teachers in the fall and some of the observations and challenges I faced in bringing these materials back to my school colleagues less familiar with mathematical modeling in the spring.

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