Questions tagged [general-pedagogy]

For questions touching upon pedagogical considerations and problems of a general nature, i.e., not specific to mathematics. Please note that some aspect of the question should still be related to mathematics.

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“But I copied that from a book-reference you gave! How can that be wrong?”, or how can you grade homework which is solved poorly in some book?

Sometimes when assigning homework, it is possible that the homework can be found in some books or lecture notes, sometimes even referenced by yourself. As long as the proofs and arguments there are ...
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How to react to students saying that they are allergic to applied mathematics?

I'm working in the field of applied mathematics (optimization and numerics) and I meet a lot of students saying that they are allergic to applied mathematics or that they hate it or some quotes like "...
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Students' Messy Sheets: The Big Problem of Exams and Homeworks

Students' messy exam and homework sheets (which are messy because of a bad handwriting or an irregular logical argument in proofs) cause many serious problems. e.g. Reading their arguments takes ...
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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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Use of mathematical humor suitable for motivation/explaination?

There are some intelligent jokes also explaining (in a very extreme way) how mathamticas works, for exameple A mathematician and a physicist are sitting in the teachers lounge. Suddenly the ...
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What do you do when you realize mid-lecture that your lesson plan is not working?

I had this happen today, and several times before. I had had difficulty preparing the material, because I knew my students strengths and it didn't seem suited to them. However, it seemed the right ...
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Teaching somebody else's class

How do you approach a class taught by somebody else? There are multiple reasons why one could find him/herself in such a situation: an instructor is sick, there is a scheduled rotation of teachers, ...
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Experiences with online courses, specially MOOC?

Online courses, particularly massive open online courses (MOOC) are the current rage. I can see that having students going through the material presented at their own pace, whenever they have time, ...
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Pressure vs. Laissez-faire: Literature dealing with balance in university-classes

I am seeking for some pedagogical literature dealing with the following question: Imaging you have an average class in college/university: What is a good balance between Laissez-faire and pressure? ...
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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 ...