A discussion-based math class with a problem-centered curriculum

Diana Davis

Phillips Exter Academy


Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Virtual through Zoom
Diana Davis completed her Ph.D. at Brown University in 2013 under the direction of Richard Schwartz. She was a postdoc at Northwestern University for three years, followed by visiting professorships at Williams College and Swarthmore College. While a graduate student, she won an international award for the video she created to explain her PhD thesis result using colors and dance, which "went viral" in the mathematical community. Davis is also an educational innovator, creating and teaching problem- centered, discussion-based math courses of all levels, and studying their pedagogical effectiveness.

Abstract: I’m passionate about classrooms where students discuss mathematics with each other. I’ll explain how to create a classroom like this at the college level, and how to construct a curriculum that makes it happen. In addition to explanations, I’ll give lots of examples and show lots of pictures. If you’re interested, you can read about this in advance in this manual that I wrote.