Questions tagged [teacher-preparation]

Questions about the process of preparing pre-service (or supporting in-service) teachers for duties related to classroom instruction in mathematics.

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How to teach the concept of probability distribution?

I observed that my students do not understand what a probability distribution is. We do not treat probability axiomatically on the course, so the required level of understanding is knowing all the ...
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Why is calculus important for pre-service Math basic school teachers?

Why should pre-service math basic school teachers take calculus courses? Should this course be different from calculus courses offered to engineering?
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How to solve the simple elementary school math issue--calculate increase rate [closed]

A company report its net profit 1,000,000 in 2000,and earned 1,100,000 in 2001,so the earning increase rate from 2000 to 2001 is as below: ...
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Is there a place where I can buy well made calculus 2 and calculus 3 lesson plans and power points?

Is there a place where I can buy well made calculus 2 and calculus 3 lesson plans and power points? There is a good chance I'll be having my first semester of full time teaching next semester. If so, ...
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Defining mathematics to primary/elementary school teachers

I'm looking for a simple way to define mathematics to primary/elementary school teachers and explain some of the confusion children have. I'm hoping some Algebraist could help me properly state the ...
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Teaching Hours for AP Calculus AB [closed]

What are the estimated hours for teaching AP Calculus AB for students aiming for a 5? Similar question, how many hours of practice will the student need to put it. Some Clarifications based on ...
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Future educators writing nonsense questions

I teach future elementary educators mathematics content courses. We play a lot in class with tasks like "Write a variety of word problems which would require the student to multiply 2.3 by 1.4&...
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Best form for slide / beamer presentation: display items in a slide as they are discussed or all at once?

I am preparing beamer slides for an online class, and I am unsure whether I should display different items in a single slide as they are discussed or all at once. To be more precise: I am teaching ...
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Graph theory teaching materials for young students

Does anyone have any good sources to teach upper primary so grade 7 students basics on graph theory? The only ones I can find are for like upper middle school and high school, and having trouble ...
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Teaching indefinite integrals that require special-casing

I encountered the following concern when teaching indefinite integrals. I believe that many of us may overlook this. May I be wrong? Let's consider the following example. Find the indefinite ...
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CoTeaching Elementary Linear Algebra

I and my colleague will teach an elementary linear algebra next few weeks, but the way our course is planned mostly is by turn teaching. By that I mean, my partner will teach the first 8 weeks of the ...
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To what extent is MSE reputation an indication of potential in education? [closed]

Similar question as in Academia StackExchange except education instead of academia. Quote: High reputation on a technical Stack Exchange site might indicate that you're a good teacher of that ...
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teach that $\frac10$ not defined properly

there're some students, who belive that $$\frac10 = \infty $$ I need to teach them that this is not true and $\frac10 $ is undefined, mathematically and give a good picture (for their minds) what is ...
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How should I introduce the concept of a function to a precalculus student?

My brother has not taken a math class in $10-15$ years. He is studying for the GRE so I have been teaching him a chapter or two from my precalculus book. So far, he has learned (and excelled at) basic ...
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Mathematics in UK vs Central Europe

Is mathematical education better outside UK and USA? Studying in UK I noticed that the Uk syllabus of 3-4 modules per area of mathematics, is often easily covered by one module in central Europe, for ...
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Core-Plus Mathematics: Similar Resources for grades 7-9

I'm looking for rich educational resources similar to core-plus mathematics, for grades 7, 8, and 9. Is there any such material?
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Does there exist an international certification of mathematical skill?

I think that an international certification of math level would be really important also for non-math educators. Here in Italy primary school teachers actually teach math without being proficient at ...
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Sketching paraboloids on paper

I have to teach sketching paraboloids on paper by looking at it's equation. Last year when I taught this topic no one was interested in learning this particular thing. They felt the topic difficult ...
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The general and particular in the psychology of mathematics education

Many students I have spoken with who are drawn to becoming mathematics teachers chose their mathematics major because they enjoyed doing routine exercises in high school. The comfort of a definite and ...
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Teaching measurement to 4th grade students by projects?

I'm going to be teaching measurement to 4th grade students and I want something a little more hands on. I believe that they would enjoy that more. So any helpful ideas or things you think would work ...
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Is multiplication by zero clear for and understood by K-3 students?

For K-3 students, perhaps it is not acceptable to introduce multiplication by zero as a property or definition. Instead, the child may think about multiplication as, e.g., repeated addition. Examples ...
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Continuity of classes split between different days

Context: Because of organizational mess, there is a high chance that I'll be preparing a ~3h class for gifted students during a spring-camp (a week-long gathering full of all kinds of nice things to ...
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Grad school backup: high school teacher

I am currently a junior at a mid-tier college and am doing reasonably well in my math major, but not quite as well as I suspect necessary to get into well respected PhD programs as is my dream. I've ...
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How to: Learn how to solve a simple equation...in one hour!

The task is to plan a one hour lesson to teach 'one-on-one' someone (a 16 year old girl), who is at an F grade in maths, how to solve a simple equation like $$ 0.24 = \frac{1}{x} $$ I have done this ...
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Explaining mathematics, giving talks, and using the blackboard as a support

Normally, I am comfortable when I have to explain a piece of mathematics to a group of people using pen and papers as supports. However, I find it quite difficult to give small talks and explanations ...
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What courses should be a part of a Mathematics Education degree program?

I had asked the title question in an answer here, but it didn't get any recognition, so I'm posing it formally. The key word in the question is should. In my Mathematics Education degree education, I ...
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Regarding AMATYC's draft position statement on the academic preparation of mathematics faculty at two-year colleges

AMATYC has a draft position statement on the academic preparation of mathematics faculty at two-year colleges that will be voted on soon, if it hasn't happened already. The draft is attachment L in ...
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Organizing Old Notes

Since it's currently summer break, and I've a bit more time than normal, I've been organizing my old notes. I seem to have an almost unwieldy amount of old handouts and tests from classes previously ...
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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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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 ...
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Devising backup plan to become HS teacher as a late undergrad

I am a junior math major in NY and will apply to PhD programs next year. I am terrified about getting rejected as I have not yet put any serious thought into a backup plan. I've tutored high school ...
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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 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 ...