Questions tagged [class-participation]

For questions about participation from students in the classroom setting, either motivating them to do so or working with issues related to their participation.

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Encouraging class participation

I teach calculus to college students, and find it very difficult to get them to speak up in class when I ask questions, or when I'm trying to get a pulse for how much they understand. I think ...
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Keeping quicker students engaged and interested throughout a course

In a college math course one is bound to find a fairly broad range of students in terms of their quickness in understanding the material. This is due to many reasons, including differing mathematical ...
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Nontraditional calculus recitations

I'm a math grad student, and next semester I start TAing a calculus class for the first time. We all know about the standard recitations: instructor gives short lecture on some more difficult topic ...
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How should I deal with overenthusastic students?

This is sort of an opposite question to keeping quicker students engaged?. Sometimes I encounter students who are overenthusiastic about the course; they're constantly moving faster than the rest of ...
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How to make calculus lecture time more interactive?

I taught my first university course last Summer. It was integral calculus that usually has about 200-300+ students during the school year, but my Summer class had only about 35 students. I taught by ...
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What is a wise reaction to a silly question?

I like students' nice questions too much (sometimes much more than their nice answers). It shows that they are thinking on what I am teaching and I am successful to make them curious about the subject....
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Calling on students by name (who do not volunteer) in math classes

I was reading answers to this question today when I realized we never had this followup question: How do you effectively call on students by name in a math class? As a way to encourage class ...
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How To Help a Quiet Class

This term I am teaching a very quiet precalculus class. I am having trouble getting students to answer questions or respond to verbal prompts, even questions I know they can answer. What I initially ...
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Strategies for encouraging student discussion, explaining, and argumentation about mathematics

How do we get students to see their own explanations as valuable to their learning? For instance, talking can help a student uncover misconceptions that might otherwise remain unexplored until much ...
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Remedying poor interpersonal skills

When I have TAed calculus courses and led discussions, while I did not find myself grossly inept at interacting with students, there was a bit to be desired with making discussion interactive. I am ...
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What are some activities/projects I can assign to calculus students from bio/chem/physics majors to specifically motivate their interest?

(This question was proposed during the area51 phase.) It's common for chemistry/biology/physics majors to be required to take certain calculus courses. At my school, chem/bio students must take up ...
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Repeating basic material in exercise class at university

I am a teaching assistant in mathematics at a university in Continental Europe. The course for which I am an assistant is a third year course, so usually the students are expected to know the basic ...
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Engaging students in computer lab

I am currently teaching the workshop for a class on chaos and fractals in a computer lab. The class is predominantly first year, first semester university students. Worksheets have been developed for ...
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Students blogging on math

Has anyone had their students (high school and beyond) put expositions of math problems/topics/projects on a class blog to be critiqued by other students and revised on-the-fly to provide some ...
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How to work with polynomials in difficult classes?

I am currently teaching a very difficult class, with young people (16 years old) who are deeply unmotivated and restless. I should work with them with polynomials, but I'm having a troublesome time; ...
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Is there a critical class size for student participation (students perspective)?

I recently asked a question on the use of clickers and one comment I got was: I have a very low-tech clicker technology I use in all my classes. When a student doesn't understand something I say, ...
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How to deal with poor students who don't take notes?

I want to set the context for me asking this question before stating it properly. I teach at college/university level. This question deals with first-year students, fresh from school. So think ...
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Teaching math in an engaging way

I teach college students and wanted to make my classes more engaging. I found this recent article interesting/useful http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/magazine/why-do-americans-stink-at-math.html? My ...
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Assessing the level of students in a class

Recently I've moved to another university and next semester I will have my first class there. The problem is that I don't know the level of the students that will be attending my class. Of course, I'...
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tutorial active learning

This is a question I asked on [Academia.se]. It did not get an answer, so I am re-posting it here. In the country where I live, university students studying mathematics usually attend lectures, ...
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Philosophical Subjects in Logic Courses

Many of the notions, methods and theorems of the mathematical logic and its different sub-fields like set theory, model theory, etc. are closely related to some philosophical background. I believe ...
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How to choose random student to answer questions?

I would like to choose some random students in class to answer questions. I don't want to make some students feel that they are targeted. So I used to use a software to choose random student name. ...
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How to randomly call on students to present HW? (without students losing motivation , and high probability everyone presents)

Assume you have decided to call on students to present HW solutions in your course. For educators who have done this before, how do you implement this and why? There are a few problems I can imagine ...
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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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Good example for manual execution of MapReduce

I'd like to explain the MapReduce programming model to a group of students. I thought about a little group work, where each student acts as a "Map-process" and has to perform a little ...
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How to better pace activities

I am working as a volunteer, teaching children programming once a week. The attendence is somewhat irregular (and the children are a bit restless :P) so, instead of more traditional lectures, we try ...
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Continuity of classes split between different days

Context: Because of organizational mess, there is a high chance that I'll be preparing a ~3h class for gifted students during a spring-camp (a week-long gathering full of all kinds of nice things to ...