Author Archives: Branden

About Branden

As a GK-12 Fellow, I meet with a group of middle school students at Rosedale Middle School in Kansas City, Kansas. There I talk to them about what a mathematician does and teach them ways of thinking about problems. I am a student of Craig Huneke at the University of Kansas. As a far as my research is concerned, I am currently studying the theory of maximal Cohen-Macaulay modules. In particular, I am interested in determining if countable Cohen-Macaulay type implies finite Cohen-Macaulay type over a complete local Cohen-Macaulay ring with an isolated singularity. I also enjoy working with Macaulay2 .

New Table

So a while back, my mentor teacher had a great idea for a new table in the classroom.  Using shower panels, he constructed a whiteboard table.  This new item has been extremely useful and distracting at the same time.  While the table … Continue reading

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Online Visitors

A few weeks ago I decided to expand the students perception of who can be a mathematician.  So, I organized video chats online with a few of my colleagues from around the country.  First and Second hour met with Ananth Hariharan from the University … Continue reading

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The Four Numbers Game

Today in class I gave the students a problem based lesson centered around the four number game.  This game starts with a square and four non-negative integers placed, in any order, at the vertices of the square.  One then constructs … Continue reading

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Introduction to modulo seven

This week I introduced the students to the finite field of seven elements via the following puzzle found at http://mathfair.com/puzzles.html: Redraw the figure so that each of the seven circles is big enough to hold a penny. The problem is … Continue reading

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Rotations

This week was the beginning of my rotations with the students. In my classroom, there are two instructors and myself. We have decided to slit each class (three classes total) in to thirds and then each of us takes a … Continue reading

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Coffee and Donuts

This week I gave my “I am a mathematician” talk to the students at Rosedale. My main goal was to show them two aspects of mathematics; abstraction and reduction. Below is a presentation I created to help illustrate my points. … Continue reading

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Observation Day

As a returning GK-12 fellow, it was interesting to be in a different classroom with a new mentor teacher.  I am currently in a mathematics classroom at Rosedale Middle School in Kansas City, KS and my mentor teacher is Sam … Continue reading

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