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Examples why university education is important for future high school teachers

While teaching polynomials to future high-school teachers, I realized one example of pretty advanced mathematics that is needed to understand why a certain important (but often kept implicit) result ...
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Is there a correlation between academic qualifications and teaching effectiveness?

This heavily-cited paper examines data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 and concludes that "teachers who are certified in mathematics, and those with Bachelors or Masters ...
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How to choose the school for practising teaching?

First off, I would like to commend your desire to teach at a high school level. It is a very challenging and tiring profession but it is so rewarding and IMHO is one of the most useful settings that ...
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New math. teaching assistant facing big problems, what to start with?

I would start with a discussion with the Engineering department about what it is they want the students to learn. Teaching different skills will need different methods, so you might as well start with ...
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New math. teaching assistant facing big problems, what to start with?

I think you need to build a support network locally. Even if it means going outside the university to a nearby university, you will need mentors, fellow TA's, administrators, and others to help you ...
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Effect of grades versus pass/fail on teacher education students

Some papers you might be interested in: "Consequences of school grading systems on adolescent health: evidence from a Swedish school reform." (2019), focused on the switch from informal ...
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New math. teaching assistant facing big problems, what to start with?

"What is my mission when I teach math for engineering students?" I think it is possible to zig-zag between applications and appreciation of the history and the beauty of the mathematics underlying ...
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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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Seminal Professional Development writings

If you are still doing research on PD, here are references specifically related to implementation of reform recommendations. These articles are based on the fact that successful implementation of ...
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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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What courses should be a part of a Mathematics Education degree program?

If I were to take my master's degree again, I would take: 1-2 courses in abstract algebra, 1-2 courses in analysis, 1-2 courses in topology, 1 class in statistics, and 1 class in combinatorics for a ...
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Examples why university education is important for future high school teachers

I don’t think that you can explain this to the students. Perhaps instead, you should better familiarize yourself with the high school standards and draw the connections. A high school mathematics ...
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