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Perhaps the best way to understand the depth and powerful impact of our project is to read what the students have to say about their experiences. The following student quotes, collected during the project, are typical responses received as part of student journals, essays and reflections.
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The structure of the packets [chapters] and the variety of exercises was very good. The structure lent itself to a class in which students take primary responsibility and engage in the mathematical process. As this was a primary goal for me, the packets [chapters] were ideal.
…I was surprised by how into it some of the students got and how they were much more interested in developing their own solutions than in following the path laid out for them.
…I would say [the materials influenced my way of teaching this class] dramatically. It made it possible for me to design an inquiry course since the question sequences were already done. It also provided a good model so that I was able to write my own packet [chapter] on Impartial Games, extending the ideas from Nim.
Discovering the Art of Number Theory is delightful… When I was teaching an MLA courses here at Penn State… I never found a text that was close to what I needed. Prof. Fleron’s text fits the bill… [And] what is so nice is the fact that this is very much in the R.L. Moore style.