**Teaching**

**
***J.D.
Phillips*

*"Whilst I walk here at
peace under my planted trees,*

*not a laurel on the
place."*— Robinson Jeffers.

For some bewildering reason
(narcissism? Asperger's Syndrome?), most mathematics professors put their
teaching schedules on this part of their webpage. I take a different approach.
On the remote possibility that they might find it useful, I give my students my
teaching schedule on the first day of classes each semester. And on the grounds
that, should a blood-relative have an especially pressing need for, say, one of
my kidneys while I'm off-the-grid teaching, say, linear algebra, I've
thoughtfully given our administrative assistants my schedule (i.e., they can
find me in a pinch, so that I might at least *consider* such requests). Why *anyone* else
(say, a lonely web-surfer from Latvia or Zambia) would be interested in what
time of day I teach, say, calculus, is hard to say, though the specter of it
(vanishingly remote possibility though it is) is genuinely disturbing. So in
lieu of a teaching schedule, I've included, on this page, a few *useful*
tidbits about teaching.

For instance, there is this, a very fine explanation of why teaching
mathematics is so challenging, hence rewarding.

A teaching *schedule *is one thing, but a list of
courses taught is another thing entirely. So if you would like to see a list of
courses I've taught, you may find one on my cv.

Many of my essays,
naturally, deal with educational themes.

Here is a link to photos of some of the classes I've taught.

Here is a .pdf version of The Little Giants Math Book, a
booklet I wrote on how to succeed in a college mathematics course.

I note that some of the stories from the trenches have a teaching theme.