Headshot of Ashley Swandby Pratt
Headshot of Ashley Swandby Pratt

With the availability of quality instruction available through free platforms online, what is the role of the teacher in the classroom? How do we engage our learners in a learning environment instead of a live version of what is already available online? What value do students actually get from taking our classes? In this presentation, we will explore the changing role of the educator, the importance of student engagement in the mathematics classroom, and strategies available to educators to ensure that students are actually learning mathematics.

After graduating from Longwood University in 2007, Ashley Swandby Pratt completed her master’s degree in Teaching from NC State University and taught in the high school classroom for 8 years. She taught Geometry, Algebra 2, Statistics, Precalculus and Calculus at the high school and now teaches Precalculus, Quantitative Reasoning, and Statistics at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, VA. Ashley’s academic interests include online teaching, engagement in the mathematics classroom, and study skills development in college students.