Andrea Young, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science at Ripon College, had her work selected by the Taylor & Francis Group as the “Mathematics & Statistics Journals Article of the Week.” Her article, “Improvisation in the Mathematics Classroom,” was originally published in May 2013 in Primus: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies.
You can find the notice and a link to her full article online by clicking here.
In her article, Young “discusses ways in which improvisational comedy games and exercises can be used in college mathematics classrooms to obtain a democratic and supportive environment for students. Using improv can help students learn to think creatively, take risks, support classmates, and solve problems.” Young draws on her own experiences as an improvisational comedian to inform her teaching and writes, “I have used various improve techniques in every math course I have taught, from Precalculus to Topology.”
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