Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award


Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Cheryl Beaver

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks


The United States is struggling with teaching mathematics in school. Students don’t see the connection between math and the real world. Students are viewing math as a rigid set of rules instead of as a creative and exciting subject to explore. A few of the problems that are in traditional classrooms are: students having a fear of being publicly embarrassed, students memorizing methods instead of truly understanding the math , math problems not being relevant to students, and students not being engaged during class. A few methods and teaching strategies that can help solve these problems include: Gradual Release, Open Middle problems, and the 5 Practices of Discussion. By applying these strategies and tools to everyday math classrooms, math can become the intriguing and creative subject that it is meant to be.