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As a group, we hope through this FLC project to develop a course that promotes departmental SLOs, as well as University learning outcomes for a writing-intensive course. We focused on our new foundational course (MATH 3100 Mathematical Thinking: Communication and Proof). This course, designated as a writing-intensive course, introduces students to disciplinary ways of thinking and communicating in mathematics with emphasis on the construction of valid mathematical arguments, critiques of arguments, and structure of professional mathematical writing including typesetting. We would like to develop a library of useful materials that faculty members can adapt in their classrooms in order to increase Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) practices. Effective materials could be then contributed to the library. For this part of the project, we describe sample lesson plans for Week 1 of the course. These plans include introductory opportunities to engage students in discussions that lay the groundwork for the importance of formal mathematical definitions, the use of precise academic language to communicate reasoning clearly, and what it means to provide a valid proof/justification of a mathematical statement.

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Mathematics Commons