Naval Academy professor teaches by doing — in both dance and math

As the midshipmen stepped and hopped in front of her, Naval Academy math professor Sommer Gentry couldn’t help but dance. On a recent Tuesday in Smoke Hall, the Naval Academy’s Swing Dance Club was practicing for a performance with four pairs dancing in unison to the music. Gentry was watching from the sidelines, bouncing and snapping along. In dancing and in math, Gentry is a proponent of learning by doing. People wouldn’t want to go to a dance class where they watch the teacher the entire time, and they shouldn’t go to a math class and have a teacher show them a formula and tell them an answer, she said. (Capital)

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