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Inefficient methods

I see many teachers use slow methods to solve a given problem where there's another faster methods that doesn't demand much more effort. I'm not looking for mistakes like saying that $a$ is the slope ...
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Who are in the current top 10-20 applied mathematics educators and in what fields? [closed]

Who are in the current top 10-20 applied mathematics educators and in what fields? (Answers will be varied) Applied mathematics educators that teaches applied math topics such as applied statistics, ...
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Algebra 2 textbooks that incorrectly claim that all solutions of polynomial equations can be found

Over the years I have occasionally encountered a number of Algebra 2 textbooks that make an incorrect (or at very least extremely misleading) claim along the lines that "all solutions of a polynomial ...
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Teaching math by serving it as games with rules first, not intuition?

Just now I'm thinking a crazy reversed idea: Is it good to teach math to elementary students without starting from its real world motivation or making it intuitive first, but rather by realizing that ...
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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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Limit of questions that a student should ask in class without upsetting professor?

Days ago a professor told me to ask in class when I don't understand something and that he could keep explaining until it's clear for me. Being honest I'm a little slow to understand mathematics in ...
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What is the required mathematical background of a US elementary school math teacher?

I'm currently a research mathematician, getting involved in more and more outreach activities. One of these involves delivering lessons for elementary school math teachers (K-6). The purpose is two-...
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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 there a meeting place for fraction education stakeholders?

Is there a meeting place where all fraction education stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, researchers, fraction software developers) meet and collaborate? If not, do you have an advice on ...
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Do mathematics teaching professional organizations publish hiring recommendations?

Suppose that a secondary school intends to hire a new math teacher, math department head, or math and science director. Do any professional mathematics or educational organizations such as the MAA, ...
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Commonly taught method divides by zero

I just saw this question and the two answers. Now I am very sure that if many teachers see these answers they would accept them. Unfortunately they are deeply flawed. The second one is clearly invalid ...
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How to choose the school for practising teaching?

I have worked with mathematics and physics in a university and I have taught on several courses. I recently applied to a teacher education program to get formal qualifications for teaching at ...
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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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Teaching online when living outside america [closed]

How can a high school maths teacher find opportunities to teach online? This could be for students from any country.
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Are women better math teachers for little children?

Once in a discussion a colleague told me that he thinks: It is better to use women to teach maths to little children including preschoolers and children in elementary school. Also it is better to ...
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What is gratifying in being a mathematics teacher?

I think the title says it all, but in case it does not: Is being a math teacher gratifying? If yes, what is gratifying in being a math teacher? (If not, why...) Does the feeling lasts, or perhaps ...
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Confirmation bias in math education

Confirmation bias is a quality of human mental processes which makes us tend to think in terms of positive examples and tests that would confirm our working hypothesis, rather than negative examples ...
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Seminal Professional Development writings

I'm currently beginning research that involves an aspect of Professional Development (PD) for Mathematics teachers, but I don't have much experience or knowledge of PD. What are some of the seminal ...
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How do I become a Scarer?

Racism is not an easy subject to talk about so let me to explain my question by a more soft example. This question originally belongs to Michael Wazowski an undergraduate student of the Monsters ...
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Is there an evidence that learning mathematics influences our characters?

I am teaching mathematics for elementary school (even playgroup) to university students. Most of my students think of mathematics might not be necessary for them. I have an hypothesis that learning ...