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For questions on effective and creative use of whiteboards, blackboards, and Smart Boards, including questions on best practices for handwriting mathematics.

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How to write slower on a blackboard?

When giving a lecture, I feel that I write too fast on the blackboard. This causes me to have to clarify some letters and symbols after the fact, in order to make them more legible. I think that ...
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How to write variables on the board, which are supposed to be italicised?

We know that in writings in mathematics, variables are usually italicised. Now the question is, in handwriting on the board, how should we write the variables differently? As an example, say I want ...
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Colored chalk recommendations

Background: I am a fourth year math graduate student in the US. Perhaps you will think this question silly, but I intend for it to be a serious question. In teaching courses such as calculus and ...
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What is a good method for drawing a Möbius band on the blackboard?

This week I'm going to give a talk on fiber bundles, and I found myself with an unexpected problem. Since I'm not using slides, I'll need to draw a Möbius band on the blackboard. Usually what I do is ...
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What is an efficient way of drawing surfaces in multivariable calculus?

I've noticed that some surfaces are difficult to draw in multivariable calculus. For instance, I always have trouble with hyperbolic paraboloids. What is an efficient way to draw the following ...
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Advantages of using script letters

In which areas of mathematics is it traditional to use script letters, such as $\mathcal{ABCDEFG}$, and is there a pedagogical advantage to doing so? Update: Charles Wells has written a post on this ...
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Distinguishing script letters from regular letters in handwritten mathematics

What is a good handwriting font for mathematics? addresses handwriting on a board. How do you clearly distinguish script letters, such as $\mathcal{ABCDEFG}$, from regular letters $ABCDEFG$ in ...
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A one semester-long visual mathematical project

For the incoming semester, my school gave me an amazing new classroom, where all walls are covered by white boards. Even windows are covered by movable boards. It is great to have that much space and ...
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What is a good handwriting font for mathematics?

My students frequently mix up my $t$'s with my $+$'s and my $y$'s with my $4$'s. What is a good handwriting font for distinguishing these and other easily confused symbols?