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Should young math students be taught an abstract concept of form?

Should a more general concept of the "form" of an equation or expression, be taught to math students as young as elementary school? I'm a fairly new tutor--do more experienced teachers think this ...
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More intermediate steps or check well-understanding

I work as a math tutor mostly for talented high-school students that are passionate about mathematics and want to learn more of it beyond school programs. They are very smart kids, but I noticed that ...
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Students understand during course but can't solve exam

I am teaching a math class where the students, most of them, tell me that they can understand the materials given by me during the course. I test them during the course too and they seem to get it. ...
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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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Pythagorean triples

What is the most motivating way to introduct Pythagorean triples to undergraduate students? I am looking for an approach that will have an impact. Good interesting or real life examples will help. Is ...
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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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Integral calculus from the modern viewpoint

This is a soft question. What is the purpose of teaching techniques of integration at the college level? More specifically, in the sense of putting integration into practice, what value does ...
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One course/subject, one class, two lecturers

This is my first question here, so please correct me if I'm wrong in my way of asking. My question is suggested directly by the title. In my college institution, for each subject, half of the ...
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Should students teach other students?

I am interested in creating a curriculum that helps cultivate students abilities to teach one another. Specifically good one-on-one instruction includes elements like: Examples, Pictures, Humor, ...
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“Basic ideas” as a concept in teaching maths?

In Germany there exists a concept whose name might be translated as "basic ideas." The core of the concept is to offer the students an idea of what they are learning, e.g. in the context of ...
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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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Ideas for high-school proof class?

I have a math degree and have been hired to teach a proof class at a summer program. Our goal is to help the students learn the material they need for school (they take an algebra class separately) ...
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How to explain NP-hardness and NP-completeness to students

Computer science is becoming more and more important for mathematicians nowadays. Terms like big data, algorithm, artificial intelligence and others are frequently on the news. Many mathematical ...
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What is the ideal teaching style for Calculus exercises only?

A Calculus class for 1st year students may have two subclasses (with two different lecturers) : The main class (which covers the theories and concept), and the 'response' class (which provides and ...
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What are the best places online where math educators can discuss their experience?

As a math teacher I often experiment new things (for instance non obvious ways to use technology in the classroom, or new ways to teach something), and I think it would be useful if I could share my ...
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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 there minds) what ...
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How should a student's inefficient calculation be pointed out?

One time I watched a student solve the equation $0 = (x-2)^2-9$ for $x$ like this. $$\begin{align*} 0 &= (x-2)^2-9 \\0 &= (x^2-4x+4)-9 \\0 &= x^2-4x-5 \\0 &= (x+1)(x-...
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L'Hopital's Rule: Why do we need it?

I'm preparing a design/teaching experiment for my Curriculum Design Course right now. I've decided to cover L'Hopital's rule with a student I've been working with for a year, so skill wise he's ready ...
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Should basic exercises be solved before formulas are introduced?

I was watching (as a fellow teacher) a lecture on arithmetic progression. It so happened that a formula was rapidly introduced and used. The formula was $a_i = a_1 + (i-1)r$ (I trust the terms ...
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How to explain Chinese remainder theorem?

I want to explain Chinese remainder theorem to master level computer science students. There are two versions of CRT one is number theoretic and second requires the definition of ideals, groups etc. ...
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How to teach abstract algebra for the first time?

I am a Ph.D student in computer science. I am TAing one course this semester, which requires the basics of abstract algebra like rings, fields, ideals, and basic theorems about them. I have done two ...
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How can I get a better result making math videos with a tablet?

First question in this stack. Here it goes: So, I had this 2 or 3 year old intuos tablet and I said why not? And started doing my own videos. I've been making my own videos for my students last ...
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Research on how to teach math to children - what proven approaches are there to teaching math effectively? [closed]

I posted a related question on the Math.SE, but was directed here where I'm asking an similar but different question. I've been tasked with helping to redesign a math curriculum for an enrichment ...
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How to become a good teacher in the classroom when first starting to teach?

This semester is my first time to teach Calculus II in a classroom which contains around 25 students. (In fact, this is a discussion class.) I didn't have much experience about teaching. For instance, ...
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Is there an IGCSE maths question bank?

I've all the past paper , but I would like to know if there is any question bank. It may be helpful for the student in their preparation for the tests (if there is any)
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How can I deal with the time pressure of teaching a short course?

I am an undergraduate applied math student. In about a month, I will be teaching two nine-hour math courses (one precalculus, one calculus) to a small group of motivated high school students. My broad ...
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Addressing fundamental math errors

I am looking for ways I can correct fundamental math mistakes. I am currently tutoring someone taking a course which is a cross between first year calculus and grade 12 functions. In high school he ...
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Is it a good idea to have one or two or three classes on basic logic before teaching $\varepsilon$-$\delta$ in Calculus?

I am teaching Calculus I and will be teaching it again. To me, the $\varepsilon$-$\delta$ definition of limit is one of the key ideas of Calculus; learning calculus without learning $\varepsilon$-$\...
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What is most motivating way to introduce Fermat's Little Theorem

What is the best way to introduce Fermat’s Little Theorem (F$l$T) to students? What can I use as an opening paragraph which will motivate and have an impact on why students should learn this theorem ...
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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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Greatest common divisor applications

What are some real-life applications of gcd? I am looking for a motivating way of introducing this topic in an elementary number theory course.
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How to teach to draw graphs of quadratic equations without knowing calculus?

In the country I'm living we learn how to draw the graph of quadratic equations such as $y=x^2$ or $y=x^2+5x+3$ before knowing calculus (in fact we don't even learn calculus until we begin the ...
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Struggles with Teaching HS Math [closed]

What is the hardest part of being a High School Math Teacher? What things do you struggle with the most? Does this change depending on whether you are a new teacher or a veteran teacher?
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Repeating basic material in exercise class at university

I am a teaching assistant in mathematics at a university in Continental Europe. The course for which I am an assistant is a third year course, so usually the students are expected to know the basic ...
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At what educational stage are angles greater than 180 introduced?

Prompted by the question, "How to denote angle?," I am interested to learn when students consider and reason with angles $> 180^\circ$. For example, when do they reason with an angle of $270^\...
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How to denote angle?

I'm teaching mathematics on my free time for young pupils. Once I have seen that they denote angles like $\angle ABC$. But sometimes I have difficulties to understand whether they mean an angle or its ...
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How to ask a student a question to get the answer '…integer not continuous…'

Context: a very basic level statistics package computer lab. A scatter plot is produced for one integer variable versus another integer variable. The students are asked why the points form a grid ...
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Is there a more intuitive way to solve combined rates of work problems?

I am helping my brother study for the GRE and we have come across some problems like this in my old precalculus textbook: 1) Karen and Betty have been hired to pain a house. Working together, they ...
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Should college courses be run strictly sequentially instead of parallelly?

In today's mathematical teaching, and any teaching class in general, we have 4-5 courses running parallel to one another in a semester which are sequentially put together with other semester courses. ...
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Is proof-based exercise-oriented math course without solution an effective way to teach pure math?

In recent years I have seen several courses in pure math in the undergrad level (year 2, 3, 4) such as real analysis and topology where the entire course consists of: notes written during the lecture ...
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Why do we teach complex numbers?

In algebra II, USA, we teach our students complex numbers. However, after algebra II, they never use complex numbers until pretty much complex analysis. The whole point of teaching them complex ...
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Is the current education system as bad as most critics and famous pure mathematicians try to convey? [closed]

Throughout elementary, middle and high school mathematics is quite merely about memorizing concepts and formulas, understanding the theorems (without their proofs) and applying acquired knowledge in ...
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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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Determining sets to show sufficiency of a condition?

$p \to q$ that means (among others) $p$ is a sufficient condition for $q$. To show the sufficiency, I teach my study by determining the set for $p$, the set for $q$ first and comparing their ...
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Notation of line segment and its length

I have sometimes seen a notation where $AB$ could mean either the line segment or its length. Why do the same notation can be mean both? Should one teach pupils to use for example notation $d(A,B)$ or ...
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What should I teach 13 to 15 years old pupils to learn competition mathematics? [closed]

I would like to teach some young and talented pupils basics of competition mathematics. What kind of methods, topics and theorems should I teach to those who are good at school mathematics but have no ...
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What is a better way to explain these claims about limit are not true in general?

As a TA who led calculus* 1 and 2 discussion section and holds office hour** in the previous year, I heard the following (wrong) arguments several times. $\displaystyle \lim_{x\to \infty} \sqrt{...
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Teaching Models for Mathematics (like 5 E's in Science)

I want to find and know about teaching models in mathematics. There's such a model for teaching science: the 5 E's model: Any suggestion (books, references, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.
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Why “plug in numbers” when solving inequality?

Let me use this example, Solve $x^3-4x>0$ After factorization, we have $$(x+2)x(x-2)>0$$, in order to have product of several numbers positive, even(0,2,4,...) of them have to be negative ...
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Is it better to provide students with guided notes or to have them write their own notes, or both?

When I taught calculus, I posted my notes after the lecture. Then I had the students fill out a mid-quarter evaluation, and a lot of them wanted me to post my notes before class. What I started ...