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How to tactfully discourage casual, implicit disparagement of mathematics

The tutors need training. Any volunteer job has job requirements, and one of the requirements of this job [for it to be done well] is being able to tutor anything that comes along. The training can ...
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Research supporting "recipe-style" calculus in senior high school?

Why does it matter what the research shows? At best, a study might have found that students who were blindly fed recipes did better in the short term on examinations for calculus. But then, what is ...
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Inspiration for Learning Math Pedagogy

For math pedagogy, I recommend exploring some of the blogs out there, in particular Dan Meyer's blog. He also has a great TEDx talk. The whole online community of math educators, sometimes called the ...
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Inspiration for Learning Math Pedagogy

In my particular case, I was lucky to have some very inspiring teachers, and to be teaching assistant in large, well-organized courses. Yes, other teachers were awful, but I learned how to teach from ...
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Inspiration for Learning Math Pedagogy

While my answer is not a book, author, idea, or article, it is a source of ideas: conferences of people who are interested in such things are very good for inspiring you to learn. The American ...
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Inspiration for Learning Math Pedagogy

The best way is to surround yourself with people who are creative, smart, and actively thinking about and using effective pedagogy in the classroom. Twitter can be great for this. I'm fortunate to be ...
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Inspiration for Learning Math Pedagogy

A perhaps unusual recommendation: Lakoff and Núñez's book Where Mathematics Comes From, despite suffering from being mildly repetitive, has made me think very differently about mathematics education, ...
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How to tactfully discourage casual, implicit disparagement of mathematics

Most of my job tutoring high school math is giving my students confidence -- it's rare that a student of mine will actually have trouble with math. Switch at least part of your focus to building your ...
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The general and particular in the psychology of mathematics education

To the question about whether or not there is existant literature around some of these ideas, I believe there is a great deal. It seems you are getting at conversations around proof and how this ...
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How to tactfully discourage casual, implicit disparagement of mathematics

I don't see that there is anything you can do other than teach the non-math volunteers math. Your normal "Joe" isn't going to be able to do pre-cal homework. The only real thing I would push is tell ...
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