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.