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Get to know: math professor Carl Taft

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Blogging his math courses through blogspot.com, Mathematics Professor Carl Taft made an impact on his student’s educational world.

Taft finally began his long-awaited blog in the late fall semester since he had started talking about it in 2005.

Since fall semester, Taft’s blog has grown to 188 videos for two whole math courses, Math 1431 and Math 1428.

“They might be able to pass my class with flying colors without doing much in class,” Taft said.

Taft said his drive to teach and become a better teacher was when he was a student at COD and had Erich Hauenstein as his math professor.

“I found a home when I came to COD,” Taft said. “and I liked the way he taught because he taught us secrets to complete the math problems.”

Taft graduated from COD and then Chicago State University and studied subjects like psychology, education and math.

Once he left CSU, Taft taught high school mathematics and worked part time at COD.

Taft said he wanted to become a full time faculty member for awhile and hoped to become one soon.

With his math blog on the rise, Taft also wanted to pursue a guitar lesson blog as well.

“I will probably have that one up by the end of the week,” Taft said.

According to Taft, he enjoyed making all of the videos because he knew that they were going to help his students and even other teachers as well.

“There may be an opportunity to teach other teachers how to make videos for their courses,” Taft said.

Taft is part of three different Math societies: The Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges (IMACC), an Illinois state mathematics organization and The Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago (MMC).

Taft said that he wanted people to get engaged with these topics through videos on Youtube so that learning math and the guitar will not only be easier but free.

“I want to put the math tutors and guitar instructors out of business [with my videos],” Taft said. “They won’t have to pay [anything] because there’s people who will do it for free.”

Taft will finish his blog for Math 1432 and start up his guitar blog between now and over spring break.

To contact Taft about his blogs, email him at taftca@cod.edu or visit the blog at CJTMathService.blogspot.com

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