# Welcome to MAA-Wisconsin Spring 2010 Meeting!

**Jennifer Szydlik** (UW-Oshkosh)

Teaching to Inspire Mathematical Thinking

Slides from Dr. Szydlik's Talk

Our community, the *
mathematical *community, holds a set of values, mathematical tools, and
distinctions about language that support us in learning new mathematics and in
solving problems. We value precise definitions of objects, elegant arguments,
and shared notations. We use logic, create examples, non examples, and
counterexamples, consider extreme or trivial cases, and make models for
problems. We distinguish necessary from sufficient conditions, pay close
attention to quantifiers, and are sticklers for language. This is our culture. I
advocate for making this culture transparent to our students both in the ways we
speak about mathematics and in the ways we do mathematics with them in class. In
this presentation I will talk about how we might do both, and I will provide
samples of problems and activities that inspire mathematical thinking.

Jennifer Szydlik earned her
Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995. She then
joined the faculty at the
*Award for Distinguished College or University
Teaching of Mathematics*.