## Meet the Bloggers

**Frank C. Wilson**

Frank is a popular professor and award-winning textbook author whose passion is helping students see how to apply mathematics in their personal lives. Frank shares his passion with colleagues worldwide through engaging workshops, keynote presentations, journal articles, and curricular materials. Frank holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from Brigham Young University and expects to complete his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Business Quantitative Methods) in 2012. Frank and his family live in San Tan Valley, Arizona.

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**Scott Adamson**

Scott is an award-winning professor who strives to help students develop mathematical reasoning and persistent problem solving as they make sense of big mathematical ideas. He structures the classroom envrionment so that students are afforded the opportunity to make sense of mathematics and strives to develop enthusiastic learners in the classroom. Scott holds a B.S. and M.A.T. in Mathematics Education from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Mathematics Education from Arizona State University.

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**Trey Cox**

** **Trey’s goal for mathematics education is to help students see the relevance of mathematics in their lives and to learn the meaning and purpose of the “big” mathematical ideas. His courses are taught in a fun and interesting environment where students have the opportunity to enjoy learning and create a strong, personal sense of motivation and responsibility for their own learning. Trey holds a B.A. in Secondary Education – Mathematics and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University, Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Mathematics Education from Arizona State University.

**Alan O’Bryan**

Alan has worked as a high school mathematics instructor with Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Arizona, and as a faculty associate with Arizona State University assisting with research projects that seek to improve teachers’ and students’ understanding of key ideas in algebra and precalculus. He believes strongly in the benefits of having students explain their thinking and understanding of concepts, both orally and in writing, and in helping students make connections among the many topics taught within a mathematics course. Alan holds a B.A. in Secondary Education from Arizona State University and a M.A. in Teaching from Grand Canyon University.

Do you have a place (online) where you have all of the projects that you have created over the years? I’ve used your Wile E Coyote one for trig and was hoping to use more of your assignments for my high school classes this year. You guys rock, btw!

Thanks for the kind words, Julie! We enjoy sharing what we have done. As you know we have created and incorporated innovative group writing projects into our mathematics courses. These projects are written in a creative and fun manner and set in a realistic, open-ended context. Cartoon characters, movie stars, and famous people “write” letters to our students seeking their expert mathematical advice. Students are then asked to use technology and their mathematical knowledge to work in groups of three or four and provide a written response in letter format. The individuals who pose each problem do not understand the mathematics necessary for a solution, so the students have to be clear in their explanations in both written language and mathematical symbolism.

All of the activities we have are on this blog under the tab Classroom Instructional Activities at the top of the page.

Have fun!

I am looking at your Calc optimization activities. I am a first year Calc teacher and am wondering if there are any example solutions or answer keys to the project. I am a tiny bit intimidated to assign them without a reference.

Hi!

Sorry to be slow to find your message!

The projects are provided at this blog…go to the top under “Classroom Instructional Activities”. If you tell me which one you are interested in using, I can email you a sample student project from past years…this should help you to see what a good project looks like.

Let me know!

Scott