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Questions tagged [classroom-interaction]

A focus on the quality, content, or consequences of patterns of action that occur among classroom participants.

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How to organize a “cheatsheet-making session” with students

I am in charge in my institution of a class where students prepare math interviews to enter university. Part of the time is devoted to the review of the topics of PreCalculus and Calculus the students ...
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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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How to improve atmosphere in male-dominated courses

I'm teaching a graduate applied mathematics qualifying exam review course this summer, and I have 9 males and 1 female. My co-instructor and I are also both male. While I don't necessarily see this ...
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Erasing students' work - etiquette/guidelines?

What are some guidelines on erasing students' work such as on a chalkboard/whiteboard in a classroom or on paper in a private tutorial class? Usually this is for the parts of maths that involves ...
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What videos with have been produced with audiovisual effects and solving problems to reduce sarcasm in students?

As a mathematician, the effect of stress relief on problem solving and number and symbol manipulation cannot be underestimated. Some would tackle this problem by becoming sarcastic towards their ...
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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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Interesting Physical Implements for the Classroom

I'm interested in gathering a list of physical objects of mathematical interest for occasional or permanent display in a classroom. Mostly I'm interested in things that are wall-mountable, but any ...
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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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What should I do if I have a student 'hiding' their working out?

I recall in one of my classes earlier this year that I had a student who always 'hid' their working out from me when I walked around to see how well they're going with the question. The usual practice ...
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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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Common phrases having different meaning

When talking with students it frequently happens that they misunderstand what you meant. The common example is the amount of rigor that one would consider "a proof", but there are other things, like ...
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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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How have you used technology to create an opportunity for mathematical reasoning in your classroom?

Shaffer and Kaput (1998) wrote that technology has the power to transform the mathematical thinking that is possible in classrooms, giving students new ways of experiencing mathematics as a sense-...
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When is it appropriate to lecture?

I take it that lecture is rarely the most effective way for a student to learn. Lecture is a case where, I believe, research on learning firmly backs up the common experience that lecture rarely helps ...