Tinkering and Visualizing: Gateways to Building Intuition and Rigor

Thursday, June 25 | 3:30-4:15pm

In this panel, join the organizers of the previously scheduled pre-conference on Cultivating Soulful Mathematicians. Teaching and learning mathematics orients ourselves and our students in a posture of wonder and gratitude, with a desire to worship God and serve one another in community. Mathematics is the language through which we describe the natural world and give expression to our exploration of even the most abstract relationships between shapes and numbers. This is realized as teachers carefully attend to students through instructional practices and deliberate classroom liturgies that draw students into enduring understandings. 

Panelists will discuss practical ways in which to strive for these lofty aspirations at your school. Some questions that will be considered: how do we measure mathematical maturity? What do we mean by “rigor” in K-12 mathematics? How might we consider our classrooms as a workshop and mathematics as a craft? How do we balance computational fluency with conceptual understanding? How might a teacher be equipped to cultivate a classroom culture around tinkering and visualizing?

Colin Anderson

Head of Upper School
The Covenant School

Colin Anderson earned his B.S. and M.S. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he graduated with Highest Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa. He has taught a wide range of mathematics courses in middle school, high school, community college, and university settings. He has been a teacher and administrator at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, VA for the past 12 years, where he has played an instrumental role in creating a cohesive K-12 mathematics program. He is currently the Head of Upper School and previously served as the Mathematics Department Chair.

Andrew Elizalde

Academic Dean & Math Department Chair
Covenant Classical School

Andrew Elizalde earned his B.A. at Depauw University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, earned a math major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the H.E.H. Greenleaf award as the most outstanding 2001 graduate of the school’s mathematics program. He later obtained a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach with a professional-clear qualification for his coursework regarding exceptional children and technology integration. His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools in subjects ranging from 5th grade mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. He now serves as the Dean of Academics at Covenant Classical School in Forth Worth, Texas. His work in classical schools most notably includes reforming mathematics programs and building professional learning communities. Andrew also offers consulting services to classical Christian schools and maintains his website www.classicalcaveman.com.

Jacob Mohler

Math Department Chair
The Cambridge School

Jacob Mohler earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Hillsdale College and continued his formal education earning a Masters of Arts in mathematics from Saint Louis University. Jacob has taught in several different academic settings since 2000 including a K-12 classical and Christian school, a 7-12 Christian school, community college and private universities. He enjoys looking for ways to broaden all of his students’ perspective about mathematics to help them see and experience math as a liberal “freeing” art and not just an academic discipline accessible to a select few. When not teaching, Jacob enjoys cooking delicious food and good conversations.

Josh Wilkerson

Math Department Chair
Regents School of Austin

Josh Wilkerson graduated from Texas A&M in 2005 with a B.S. in Mathematics and completed a Th.M. in Historical Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010. Josh has taught math at Regents School of Austin since 2012 and completed a Ph.D. in Math Education from Texas State University in the spring of 2017. His dissertation focused on the benefits of service-learning projects in mathematics. Josh currently chairs the math department K-12 at Regents. In his spare time he runs the website www.GodandMath.com which is devoted to the integration of mathematics and Christian faith and serves on the board for the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences.