29 votes

What mathematics activities get students physically moving?

To start things off, some moments my students move around during class: I have given students tape measures and had them determine how much they would spend at the paint store if they wanted to paint ...
Nick C's user avatar
  • 9,406
29 votes

Combative students in proofs classes

You don't say in the question what kind of school this is. It must be a four-year school rather than a community college, but there is no indication of what its admissions standards are like. If this ...
user18014's user avatar
  • 307
25 votes
Accepted

Combative students in proofs classes

There's probably no silver bullet. But one tool I use is in these situations (e.g., I teach discrete mathematics etc. at a U.S. community college) is to very closely align with a good textbook. In ...
Daniel R. Collins's user avatar
18 votes
Accepted

How to improve atmosphere in male-dominated courses

I'm a female who was often 'the only one' and later became a teacher in classes with 'only one' or very few females. When I was a student in a normal (say 100th-ranked university), I just worked ...
lifelib's user avatar
  • 196
17 votes

Combative students in proofs classes

EDIT: I would like to clarify that my response below is not intended to be definitive. This is an extremely difficult problem to have. It is perhaps the most difficult problem one can have as a ...
Steven Gubkin's user avatar
13 votes

What mathematics activities get students physically moving?

The Hungarian Quicksort Dance demonstrates a computer science algorithm with dance. It's pretty advanced, but the idea is to have your students physically act out algorithms. Perhaps something ...
Schwern's user avatar
  • 231
12 votes

How To Help a Quiet Class

I've had a remarkable (remarkable to me) success in a different environment on a different topic, so I am not sure this will translate. But I'll mention in anyway. With one change, the same quiet "...
Joseph O'Rourke's user avatar
11 votes

Making physical 3D models

Here are some examples of physical 3D-models of mathematical surfaces. They might give you some ideas. https://raisingcalculus.winona.edu/ (Raising Calculus to the Surface - Aaron Wangberg - Winona ...
robphy's user avatar
  • 592
9 votes

How To Help a Quiet Class

Start calling on students individually without waiting for any one to raise their hand. For a long time I never did this since I am conflict avoidant and since I didn’t want to put students on the ...
usr0192's user avatar
  • 493
9 votes

Combative students in proofs classes

Some helpful feelings of mine about teaching: You can't force someone to learn. As an undergraduate professor, I am responsible for being a resource to provide my students with the information they ...
TomKern's user avatar
  • 4,022
6 votes

How To Help a Quiet Class

Here are some ideas: Try using shared vertical surfaces for doing problems. For example use whiteboards/windows. According to Peter Liljedahl http://www.peterliljedahl.com/publications/building-...
DavidButlerUofA's user avatar
5 votes

How To Help a Quiet Class

Am I just asking or expecting too much from this group? I empathize with your goals completely, and they are honorable. Bear in mind that sometimes, due to a conflation of factors, a particular class ...
Daniel R. Collins's user avatar
5 votes

What mathematics activities get students physically moving?

To build intuition for the Cartesian plane, assign axes to the room (or to students, depending on how many you have and how they're arranged in the room). Then you can do things like: Stand up if ...
dbmag9's user avatar
  • 670
5 votes

Combative students in proofs classes

The problem with induction is common (I'm sure you are aware of that). With an audience of CS majors I would try and utilize the connection between induction and recursion. Basically driving home the ...
Jyrki Lahtonen's user avatar
5 votes

Combative students in proofs classes

This is a tricky situation. Here are some strategies that I have followed in my Discrete Math for CS class, perhaps they will be of some use to you. I make it clear that the purpose of the class is ...
Amitabha's user avatar
4 votes

Making physical 3D models

This is not what you are looking for, but I have had success explaining the Voronoi diagram and the medial axis by pouring dry sand. Here's an example of the medial axis. In (b) of the figure, one ...
Joseph O'Rourke's user avatar
4 votes

What mathematics activities get students physically moving?

I took a small math class over the summer (about 11 people) where instead of lecturing the whole time (as is customary for many college math classes), the professor gave us some problems once in a ...
D.R's user avatar
  • 287
4 votes

What mathematics activities get students physically moving?

How about drawing an ellipse, a parabola, and a hyperbola, using string and a straightedge:                              ...
Joseph O'Rourke's user avatar
4 votes

What mathematics activities get students physically moving?

One activity I've seen done at the high school level is a scavenger hunt. You come up with a group of questions with numeric answers, and then you print out a bunch of papers to hang around the room (...
Matthew Daly's user avatar
  • 5,599
4 votes

What mathematics activities get students physically moving?

My favourite is addition and multiplication by walking. This is my go-to activity when I talk at schools. $+2$ is two steps forward. Then we get to negative numbers, and $-3$ is three steps back. ...
Daniel Moskovich's user avatar
4 votes

What mathematics activities get students physically moving?

Take a look at Computer Science Unplugged. They have a well curated list of activities ready to use with students, quite a few of which include physical activity. You might need to adjust them a bit ...
snEk42's user avatar
  • 41
3 votes
Accepted

Gauging correspondence between classtime and material rate

I also tried to estimate this for my lectures in advance for some years but couldn't really figure it out. However, after a several years of teaching math I got pretty good at estimating. Here is what ...
Dirk's user avatar
  • 2,992
3 votes

What mathematics activities get students physically moving?

For example when explaining the properties of a perpendicular bisector of a segment, you can take the students to a hall, place 2 sheets on the ground (that will be our segment) and then give students ...
Fareed Abi Farraj's user avatar
2 votes

What mathematics activities get students physically moving?

w.r.t. "Hungarian Quicksort Dance" - mentioned by @Schwern in his answer - Stephenson's book Anathem has a section where a group of physicists do the following at a sort of community "open house": ...
davidbak's user avatar
  • 121
2 votes

How to organize a "cheatsheet-making session" with students

I think it is a great idea. Given their age and organizational skills, I don't think you will get total victory. At the same time, I have learned from weight training that the often the beginners ...
guest's user avatar
  • 636
2 votes

Assessing the level of students in a class

My approach currently is to give a diagnostic test in the first week online via my school's learning-management system (LMS, i.e., Blackboard). I make it count as a quiz grade so there's some amount ...
Daniel R. Collins's user avatar
2 votes

tutorial active learning

Many studies about active learning are summarized and linked to at this link. I do agree with the commenters Dirk and David, who mention that there are pros and cons to any teaching method, and that ...
Duncan's user avatar
  • 349
2 votes

Making physical 3D models

If you have access to Rhino, you can develop 3D models and feed the model to a 3D printer. You can generate models using basic Python scripts here. I've done this with limited success. https://wiki....
jfkoehler's user avatar
  • 994

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible