As a leader in strengths-based education, Lee University encourages each new student, since fall of 2003, to take the Gallup StrengthsFinder to determine their top 5 signature themes (out of a possible 34). At Lee, the syllabus for the History of Mathematics course calls for students to write a paper on a mathematician. In the fall of 2009, as an added dimension, students were asked to critically think about and incorporate the strengths they believe that mathematician may have. Each student was required to compare and contrast his or her strengths with those of the mathematician. This was done with the hope that, as aspiring mathematicians, they may be inspired to preserve to make their mark in this history of mathematics, since math is still evolving. In this presentation, through an exercise in strengths, I share 3 examples of how students were inspired by each mathematician.
Walkins, Mary, "History of Mathematics: An Exercise in Strengths" (2011). ACMS Conference Proceedings 2011. 21.
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