I care a lot about teaching, both as a skill to develop and as an important human activity. I am lucky to have it as part of my job. I am generally interested in skills connected to teaching, such as psychology, metacognition, the skill of learning skills, communication, and mentorship.
My teaching style and philosophy owe mainly to two great teachers: my mother and Sanjoy Mahajan. However, much of what I learned is from talking to other people. If you can teach me about teaching, let me know – I would be grateful.
University teaching history:
- (Fall 2018) Combinatorics (Math 142) and Mathematical Programming for Graduate Students (Math 285)
- (Spring 2018) Graph Theory (Math 179), Cryptography (Math 196W), and honors Topics Course for the Computer Science Department (CS 150H).
- (Fall 2017) Combinatorics (Math 142)
- (Spring 2017) Discrete Mathematics (Math 42) and Graph Theory (Math 179).
- (Fall 2016) Discrete Mathematics (Math 42) and Combinatorics (142).
- recitations (the second time as course administator) twice for 18.06 (Linear Algebra).
- I was also head grader for 18.310 (Principles of Discrete Applied Math).
- sections for Math 25 (Honors Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra)
- section for Math 192r (Algebraic Combinatorics)
- section for Math 115 (Methods of Analysis).
I am one of the co-organizers and instructors of SPARC, a different kind of summer camp for mathematically talented high school youth. I helped run it every summer in the period 2012 – 2018. I am now SPARC Director.
I was a SPARC “ambassador” and instructor at EuroSPARC 2016, a program inspired by SPARC.
Other teaching-related activities:
- I was a mentor at the first two years of MIT PRIMES. Mentees: Ziv Scully (chip-firing) and Aaron Klein (adinkras, graded posets).
- I mentored for RSI after being a participant back in 2002 (wow I’m old). Mentees: Damien Jiang (chip-firing) and Martin Camacho (posets).
- For math olympiad problem solving, I was an instructor/grader at the 2006 Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) and the 2010 IDEA Math program.