Welcome to the MAA Online Innovative Teaching Exchange!
The purpose of the Exchange is to allow people teaching mathematics at the college level to share new methods they have tried, invented, or discovered, which they feel help the students learn better and/or more easily. The intention is to encourage more experimentation with more methods than the traditional lecture/questions method. While the editor of the Exchange tries to see to it that articles are well-written and contain at least enough detail that readers can decide whether they're interested in trying the method, she doesn't necessarily endorse all suggested activities, nor does the MAA - that is, caveat emptor.
All articles in the Exchange will include contact information for their authors. Since the articles are short, you might wish to contact the writer for further details or advice before trying the ideas in your class.
Please consider sharing your ideas with the mathematical community! See the information for contributors for the details about what's expected and how to submit your articles.
A collection of articles on getting students to read mathematics:
Problem Zero: Getting Students to Read Mathematics, by Laura Taalman
Bonnie Gold, editor of the Innovative Teaching Exchange, was editor of that same exchange in its earlier incarnation in UME Trends. She teaches at Monmouth University, a "teaching university" on the New Jersey shore. Her A.B. is from the University of Rochester, M.A. from Princeton University, and Ph.D. in mathematical logic from Cornell University. Soon after completing her thesis, her interests turned to philosophy of mathematics, in which she continues to work when she can find the time. However, in recent years she has been very involved undergraduate mathematics education, having served on the MAA's Committee on the Teaching of Undergraduate Mathematics (of which she is now chair) and the Professional Development Committee (and is chairing its subcommittee on Developmental Mathematics), and is working, with several others, on a book on assessment in undergraduate mathematics.