“My students know that I care about them and that they can come and ask me for help any time.”
Convenient Individual Attention You will never find Elizabeth Smith’s door closed; it’s always open for students to stop in and ask questions about class or a particular math problem. Whether it’s a few moments before her next class or at her son’s soccer practice, she makes her time and knowledge convenient for students.
“That’s what is so special about Reinhardt,” she said. “The professors can give students the individual attention and time each one needs to be successful in a course.”
“Hands-On” Math Experiences Smith wants her students to see how math can be exciting and fun, and she incorporates unique projects into her classes so that students can get “hands-on” experience with math.
“When we learn about the Pythagorean Theorem, I have students go outside and measure the height of different buildings by only using shadows,” explained Smith. “Students tell me that this project really helps them understand the math concepts because they are applying it in the real world.”
Smooth Transition Because she typically teaches only freshmen, Smith’s goal is to make the transition from high school to college mathematics less stressful for her students.
“I see many students that start off the semester afraid of math or thinking they are bad at math,” she said. “I engage and challenge them in class so that by the end of the semester, they begin to realize that math isn’t so bad after all.”