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3-D printing of formulas encoded in LaTex for the visually impaired?

There is software available on the Net for 3-D printing of math expressions encoded in LaTex. What such technology is available off-the-shelf for the visually impaired to learn mathematics? And, ...
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What else we miss?

Context: Some time ago there was a post on a brief study conducted by Alexis Wiggins (she was shadowing two students for two days), you can find it here, which got quite an attention. One interesting ...
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Maximize retention

I tutor high school math students. Students often struggle with a problem they had completed few months prior. Like any skill, it's natural to forget what you learned after a while. As high school ...
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Are there measurements of how much mathematics people remember after high-school?

These days I got curious about something: Are there measurements of how much mathematics people remember after high-school?
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Support modelling cycle through differentiated means

I plan to work with my students on solving real-world problems through modelling them. Now it is my idea to follow the modelling cycle below. The idea is to find with the help of two values that have ...
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Compare depth and scope of math syllabus between Malaysia's STPM, Gao Kao and A level

Are the math syllabi of these three exams comparable? Which syllabus' scope is wider and deeper? Which helps students to be better prepared for math in undergraduate level? I believe that A level is ...
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Montessori mathematics for HS/college students

My children attend a Montessori school (as did I when I was a child), and I have visited several other Montessori schools and spoken with their teachers. Numerous times I've had Montessori teachers ...
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Resources for teaching algebraic fractions to a dyscalculic pupil

I have a new student in math class (high school) since last month, and she's being diagnosed with dyslexia and dyscalculia. We are about to go into conic sections and she should be able to do some ...
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SMSG Calculus Usage?

Did anyone out there have experience with SMSG's Calculus text? Our school system (Amherst, MA) used SMSG texts from my 6th grade class onward. But for HS Calculus (1969) we didn't use the two-part ...
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the role of context in mathematical discussions of units and measurement in web design

Knowing that pedagogy for each age group is different, I will say right off the bat I am talking about working adults. I am noticing more and more, that despite people's phobias about math, they are ...
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Is There Such Thing as Reaching Half a Standard?

I like the Common Core State Standards for Math as they focus on objectives that students need to reach. However, some standards have way too many parts for them. For instance, the standard CCSS.MATH....
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Explaining the algebra behind a problem in computer geography

For work, I tend to have to explain quantitative ideas to people with only some informal computer science training. Yesterday, my friend wanted to draw a map on his computer and was concerned we ...
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Material and textbooks for CLIL learners

I have a quite broad questions. I'm a math teacher in Switzerland (high school level, school year 9-12). We teach following topics (among others): quadratic equations, quadratic functions, system of ...
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When to use row or column vectors in points and translations

A course that my kids are doing in conic sections insists that all positions are represented as standard 2D cartesian coordinates $(x,y)$ (i.e. row vectors), and all translations are written as 2D ...
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Interdisciplinary Calculus and Statistics Texts for Advanced Secondary Students

I'm planning some interdisciplinary options for future students at a small independent school to be implemented in the next few years. The courses would be offered as independent studies and students ...
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Student input in secondary teacher evaluations

this is something I have been wondering about for a while now. In my school district (urban setting in Pennsylvania) student input amounts to exactly 0% of the final assessment for observed teachers. ...
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Search for educational articles

I am looking for articles in French preferably (or in English otherwise, but my english is bad..) on the following topics: study of assessments made in class after a problem; phase of conclusion of a ...
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Math websites/apps for high school students

I am undergraduate math student who is interested in being a high school math teacher. I have been given an assignment to present to my class (for a total of about 20 minutes) a teaching tool or a ...
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why don't we do labs in/for math?

(this is in the US and at a high school level) why don't we dedicate a day of the week each week to do a lab for math for exploration? I mean we already do that for Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry ...
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Reference for study about good teachers in a US state

Several years ago I have read about a study in a US state where standard test scores were used to identify teachers whose students consistently improved far above the average and then film and analyse ...
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App to show exercises solved by students in real time

I'm looking for an app that can be used when the teacher gives a set of exercises to his class to show for each exercise how many students solved it, how many students tried to solve it, etc. The ...
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Request for IBL Script for Putnam-type Problem Solving Course

One of the major benefits of a good IBL script is that it effectively organizes the experience of students so that their effort does not need to be used on such organization. A good script leads from ...
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Lancasterian/Monitorial system at a secondary level?

While getting stuff ready for the soon-to-be-here school year, I came across Joe Lancaster and the Monitorial system, where older students who have mastered certain content areas are charged with ...
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What are different Mathematical concepts which can be introduced to 12-16 year students in an activity based way

Activities are a great way to engage students with Mathematics. And that also helps them to visualise mathematical facts. For example, Pi in its decimal form appears to have no pattern (we used to say)...
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Would the SMSG textbooks provide adequate extracurricular study?

Context: I'm a Grade 11 IBDP student and very fond of math. Assuming that I get the spare time to self-study material alongside the syllabus, I wish to spend it constructively (the only step I've ...
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What are teachers' expectations on private tutoring in secondary education?

By "tutoring", I mean when parents hire someone to help their child one-on-one. I am referring to secondary education. This "help" can take many forms, some of which are: Re-teaching concepts that ...
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How to introduce trigonometric ratios (HS) through a cognitive model?

I'm teaching a precalculus course and also taking a class on how to teach mathematics constructing a specific cognitive model for different topics. So, I have this assignment to build a cognitive ...
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Symmetry of mathematical expressions in problem solving

**How would you use symmetry of mathematical expressions in problem solving in order to save time by minimizing simplifications? This is not related to geometrical symmetry which is very much ...
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From primary school to higher mathematics all mathematical abstract concept summary

is there any books or articles for summary abstract concepts from primary school to higher mathematics? we know such as mathmatical operations ...
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How to teach year 3 undergraduate courses to high school students?

I see on the webpage of a high school math summer program, SuMac, that they will cover some algebraic topology in a period of several weeks. And they covered every aspect of this subject, including ...
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