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How to effectively run large exercise groups?

The Question Quite often one is faced with the task of running a large exercise group (think 40+ students in the room). What are some strategies to make the most of the (limited) time for the students?...
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Abandon all hope, ye who enter my office!

The sentence in the title is inspired by a sentence on the gate of hell in Dante Alighieri's masterwork Divine Comedy (Part I: Inferno). I usually write it on my office door after exams when I think ...
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What are the pros and cons of having students choose which HW problems are looked at?

I am considering a new HW policy that I haven't seen elsewhere. Each week the student must turn in $n$ problems, of her choosing. There will be no HW score beyond documenting whether the student is ...
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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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Assigning students to write solution sets

Next year, I will be teaching a very challenging second year "multivariable calculus and calculus on manifolds" course, and will assign a large number of difficult problem sets. I am thinking of ...
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How does CalcChat work, and how can students who use it be encouraged to do so constructively?

I was talking to some of my students yesterday about their calculus courses, and several mentioned that they use the web site CalcChat.com. The site's home page says, "Step-by-step solutions to odd-...
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Puzzles for Logic Courses featuring propositional logic and set theory?

Puzzles are interesting form of exercises. They help students to learn the teaching material in a funny way. Particularly in logic, puzzles could be very useful to show the complexity of the subject. ...
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How is calculus possible in a small number of very long class periods?

This summer, I am teaching 8-week calculus courses that meet a total of 16 times in 210 minute class periods. This sounds insane to me since Return of the King is only 201 minutes long, but it is the ...
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Is it convenient to classify problem by level of difficulty?

When leaving homework to students, should we state that there is an excercise with a special level of difficulty? I have seen this done in a lot of physics books, and some books on mathematics have ...
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Problems sets for instruction

What resources are available for any grade level K- 12 that are aligned with the Common Core Mathematics Standards and Mathematical Practices that have sets of problems or problem banks that can be ...
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How to keep track of your old exercises in a heavy proof based course?

In a typical course (proof-based, for the context of this question) I have about 50 exercises that I might want to use when I teach the course again. Each exercise might be used in the same way as ...
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Asking for Final Drafts of Homework

I'm planning to ask my students (first-year college calculus) to turn in some problems in a "final draft" form: rewritten from scratch, in linear order, with exactly the necessary steps included. I ...
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Is it good to have solutions of homework published?

At a course at the university, the students have to do homeworks every week which will be graded and discussed in exercise groups. Is it a good idea to put "official" solutions of the homework on ...
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Advantages on repeating question in student's answer

I see a lot of students who repeat the whole question (i.e., before starting with anything which has some content, they write down all assumptions, claims, etc.) in their answers in homework or exams. ...
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How does a take-home exam differ from a homework assignment?

I've taught several upper-level courses recently, and have considered giving take-home exams to reduce the time pressure in the classroom. However, their homework already consists of proving various ...
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online homework vs paper homework

Some professors assign online homework in lower level courses, such as through services like WeBWorK or WebAssign. Online homework has some clear advantages for instructors. However, in my experience, ...
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Is extra credit appropriate?

It is very tempting to assign extra credit problems that are (a) substantially more difficult than others on the problem set, (b) ask for the history of something we discussed in class, or (c) are ...

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