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Resource for International Comparison of Math Education Logistics

Are there resources that compares/lists crunchy facts about the logistics of math education in different regions or countries? I'm talking facts like: Do they use paper homework versus and online ...
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How to make student work in think-pair-share?

I have been trying the think-pair-share technique in my undergraduate linear algebra class of about 30 students. Some students quite enjoy the experience. But I noticed that some other students simply ...
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Combative students in proofs classes

When teaching my first discrete math class recently, I found a subset of about 5 out of 35 of my primarily computer science students who I struggled to reach. If these students simply struggled with ...
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Peter Liljedahl "Thinking Classroom" pedagogy: what is evidence for its effectiveness?

Peter Liljedahl discusses a lot about "thinking classrooms". There is research and books, which show, that his methods transform classes from "non-thinking" to "thinking"....
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Math activities for fast-finishers

I am a math teacher for sixth graders and I am trying to think of some strategies to keep the students who finish their work quickly productively occupied. I would like to have a selection of ...
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The trick didn't like me (teaching Fourier transform)

I was teaching Fourier transform for engineering students. Since I didn't want to go into rigourous proofs during class, I often use intuition, just give students an idea to persuade them with the ...
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Math Lessons with Two Parts and a Combination

This is fairly open ended, so I understand if people consider this to be off-topic. I'm interested in creating math lessons where two groups each learn how to use a different simple math skill, and ...
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Topics in Mathematics for a 15 minute demonstration

I need to appear for an interview for the post of Assistant Professor in Mathematics in an undergraduate college. My Backgorund : I have studied topics like Algebra comprising of Group Theory,Ring ...
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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 teach calculus effectively to non-math (and noisy) students?

How can I teach calculus effectively to non-math students (chemical engineering students, for example)? Sorted by priority, the problems I'm experiencing are: Students cannot keep their voice down. ...
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Pacing your teaching for a variety of learning speeds

I am often tasked with teaching large enrollment courses, and one thing that becomes obvious quickly is that students attempt to pick up new information and solve problems at much different rates. ...
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Most effective classroom management plan [closed]

I'm looking for an effective classroom management plan for high school teachers. Mine is: Every student should have a notebook and a pen to take notes. Food, drinks, chewing gums and electronic ...
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How are U.S. students placed in math classes?

I am currently working with a student who is on the slowest math track at her school of the three available; however, I cannot understand why. She shows an amazing ability to reason mathematically and ...
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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 do you teach a class with one struggling student?

One of my classes has about 15 people in it. Everybody else is going okay except for precisely one student. If it was 2, that'd be fine because I can pair them up. However, with this student, I am ...
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Spending time with students individually

I have a few students that need lots of individual attention. What do you have the other students do during this time? Review problems? Challenge problems? start on their homework? play a math ...
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What to do when a math course needs too many shapes/figures and I'm not good at drawing?

Teaching some courses in mathematics requires drawing too many shapes or figures (e.g. Geometry, some parts of calculus, etc.) but I am not good at drawing shapes. Of course I can use slides, but I ...
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Organization of an interview preparation course

This coming Fall semester, I will have to organize a course to prepare high school students for the maths interview they will have before entering to university. This is my first time teaching this, ...
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Students iPads and mobile phones in class: good or distracting?

Nowadays almost everybody uses such devices almost every time! Particularly during my lectures in the class I can see some students who are working with their iPads and mobile phones. In such a ...
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How can a math teacher manage a class when unprepared?

Sometimes a math teacher becomes sick or depressed like any other human and is not able to be prepared for lecture. Sometimes a math teacher spends too much time on a research project and does not ...
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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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How to deal with fast students without neglecting weaker ones

In my class, what often happens is that some smart students do problems faster than other students. And they are actually going well ahead of my course plan. While I am teaching to other students a ...
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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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Optimal management of mixed-knowledge classes

There is always a risk that the teaching of translation is neglected. Meaning: there is a process to go through to get from a word problem to a collection of variables, equations and constants. Very ...
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What can be done to instill good habits in students?

This question might sound vague, but I'm really just looking for particular examples that worked for you. From my experience, it seems like a large portion of "weak" students remain weak despite ...
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How to handle the situation where a student insists I am wrong during the class?

I had one very vocal student in my Calculus recitation last year. Sometimes she would point out if I made a mistake in the lecture. However, sometimes she would insist that I had made a mistake, ...
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How to handle the situation when you made a stupid mistake in front of the class?

I don't know whether you guys have made a similar experience but it just happened to me: I made a very stupid mistake in front of the class. I can't really tell you how it happened and I feel too ...
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How to keep students engaged during a quiz that is not at the end of class?

I'm getting down to details here: When a quiz or exam is the last thing in the class period, students can leave when they are done. If not, there is necessarily a time when some students are done ...
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How to handle babies in the classroom [closed]

I was a grad student at Brigham Young University, which has a very high marriage rate, and a large number of grad students (if not most) were parents. A couple of different parents brought their ...
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What do you say to students who want to apply Banach-Tarski theorem in practice?

Once when I was talking about Banach-Traski theorem (paradox) I said: OK! This is Banach-Tarski's theorem which is against our intuition but provable from our intuitive axioms! It says you can ...
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The Lord of the Fields [closed]

In our department, something is growing up into the darkness. A dark power which seduces my colleagues and their students one by one and leads them into the shadow. Those whose hearts are corrupted ...
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Should one ask questions directly to specific students in a lecture or exercise group?

In the question Encouraging class participation there are some answers how to encourage class participation in general. Sometimes, there are some smaller lectures (in particular in graduate courses) ...
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What is a method you use to handle the students who thinks they "know it all"?

This is a typical problem in my undergraduate Calculus I class. Many of these freshmen come in having made an A in their High-School Calculus class, and believe they know everything they need to ...
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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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What happened to the Moore method?

I always read about the Moore method with great enthusiasm. Somehow I always felt that it should be how we do it in an ideal world, but it is impossible to use because of time and other constrains. ...
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What should I do with kissing problem?

There are two young lovers in one of my crowded calculus classes. Sometimes when I am explaining an idea I see they are kissing each other and some of the other students are watching them and pay no ...
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What are some good rules for handling student questions during exams?

For example, I gave an exam earlier today with a problem that ended in the sentence Use the chain rule to find $(f\circ g)'(3)$. During the exam, one of the students asked me what the circle ...
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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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What to do when students are not keeping their eyes on their own test?

At my university, exams take place in a lecture hall, but it is usually pretty packed. Along with alternating versions of tests, it is pretty easy for a student to look to the next row or their ...
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Technology and distractions

Before I begin this question properly I want to say that I feel responsible for my students, and I want them to do as well as they can do. I mention this because my question is about technology and ...
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How do you fix a broken course plan?

The most terrifying thing about teaching my own class is 'do I actually know enough to effectively teach students?' I know this is anxiety brought on by a lack of experience but finding the tools to ...
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What deficiencies are present in Precalculus curricula that causes so many students to fail Calculus I?

At our university we now require one semester of Pre-calculus instead of one semester of Algebra and one semester of Trigonometry before you take Calculus I (for those who do not test into Cal I). ...
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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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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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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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