Graduate Teaching Seminar, Fall 2007

Course Description:
Discussion on teaching issues and practice lectures by participants as preparation for classroom teaching of mathematics.

Meeting Time: T 2:30 PM -- 3:30 PM
Location: Herman Brown 227

Instructor: Dr. Keiko Kawamuro Dr. Daniel R. Cole
Email: Keiko.Kawamuro at rice dot edu dcole at rice dot edu
Office: Herman Brown 426 Herman Brown 454
Office Hours: By appointment By appointment

Grades are based on attendance and the successful completion of all homework assignments and practice lectures. You are allowed two unexcused absences without penalty, but for each unexcused absence beyond the first two you will lose a third of a letter grade off of your final grade. For each incomplete homework assignment, your final grade will drop a third of a letter grade. Completion of your practice lecture (if assigned) is necessary to fulfill the requirements of this seminar.

Practice Lectures:
All first-year mathematics graduate students are required to complete two practice lectures this year, one in the fall and one in the spring. All second-year mathematics graduate students are required to complete one practice lecture in the spring, but none in the fall. Third-year and higher mathematics graduate students are exempt from practice lectures to accommodate the Current Mathematics Seminar. Graduate students from other departments are encouraged to give practice lectures but are not required to do so; they should speak to the instructors after the introductory meeting to discuss their plans for this seminar.

You should expect homework to be assigned infrequently. Past examples of homework assignments include writing a sample exam question and building a prop for displaying a mathematics concept. You should also expect occasional short reading assignments.

Honor Code:
There are no special honor code guidelines for this seminar.

Disabilities Statement:
Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations should speak to one of us as soon as possible, preferably during the first two weeks of class. We will be happy to help you, and all communications will remain confidential. As a reminder, you will also need to contact Disability Support Services in the Ley Student Center ( If you believe that you have an undocumented disability, you are encouraged to talk to one of us and Disability Support Services so that you can get help.

Other Accommodations:
If you believe that you have a legitimate reason for missing a class (for example, attendance at a conference), please speak to one of us as soon as possible so that your absence is not counted against your final grade. If you are unable to complete a homework assignment on time, please speak to one of us to make alternate arrangements. If you are going to miss your scheduled practice lecture, please speak to one of us as soon as possible so that you can reschedule.