Sep. 2nd, 2011 09:13 am
rubibees: (ancient bee)
Dr. Ardren,
I don't know if you remember me, but I took your APY201 course in '02 (I think). Then I audited your anthro class while I was in grad school and teaching at UM. I graduated with my Masters in 2004. I left my teaching job at UM about 3 years ago for Miami Dade College - Homestead and am now an Assistant Prof of Mathematics there. I am working on my EdD at FIU (was going to be PhD but they told me I had to quit my job!).
Anyway, I was preparing for the start of the new term and thought about you - I have incorporated many things that I learned from your courses into my classes. I spend a lot of time, for example, on exponential growth and decay in my College Algebra class. I have students estimate the age of bone fragments, predict population size, etc. I have them correlate their estimates using dendrochronology, known past population values and so forth. I have them research historical occurences that may affect their predictions/estimates...and on and on. They always ask how I know about these things when I am just a math teacher and I always reply the same...I learned about them in school from a great professor and I have never stopped reading! It seems that science has made leaps and bounds since I was an undergrad at UM and I struggle sometimes to keep my in-class examples up-to-date.
So, I just wanted to send you a note to say thank you for all that you taught me, as I now get to pass it on to those who will not have the privilege of your instruction, and know that you made a difference in the life of someone who did not turn out to be an archaeologist (although it was a dream of mine for a very long time).
Warmest regards,
Meghan Clovis
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Miami Dade College, Homestead


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