How to Know What the Students Don’t Know: Experiments in Increasing Engagement

Allison Wolf earned a BA in mathematics at Macalester College and a PhD in mathematics with an emphasis in graph theory from Emory University. She spent time teaching mathematics at a variety of liberal arts colleges and computer science at Georgia Tech before finding the wonderful faculty and student body at what is now Perimeter College at Georgia State University. Dr. Wolf was a member of the 7th cohort of AMATYC’s Project ACCCESS (Advancing Community College Careers: Education, Scholarship, and Service), where she studied the effects of “just in time” pre-requisite learning within the Calculus I environment.

Currently, Dr. Wolf is a lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where her teaching load focuses on the first two years of college, the Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning, and the Masters of Mathematics program, which is aimed at offering high school teachers a Master’s degree consisting of courses relevant to what is taught in high school and the first two years of college. Her current research interests include responsive teaching techniques and active learning in the classroom environment.