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What is the mathematical value of children learning and being tested on Roman numerals?

Learning about different numeral system develops the critical thinking and understanding. Arabic numerals are so ubiquitous that most of us take them for granted. Seeing other numeral systems and ...
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What is the mathematical value of children learning and being tested on Roman numerals?

Common knowledge Roman numerals are part of the common knowledge in Western cultures for representing numbers. That's why it's valuable for children growing up in these societies to learn them. It's ...
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What is the mathematical value of children learning and being tested on Roman numerals?

As I said in the question this has attracted quite a bit of attention. And after a lot of nonsense, I did finally get an answer from a British maths teacher. Although measurements and conversions are ...
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How should I grade true-or-false questions if the student's writing is unclear?

I read them as TTTFT. But the fourth is very hard to tell, the first somewhat hard to tell, and all show poor writing, perhaps indicating a lack of engagement. You could tell him that such terrible ...
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What is the mathematical value of children learning and being tested on Roman numerals?

One other little defense of roman numerals: a lot of students see the "place value" notation we have for numbers as inevitable, since they've used it from before they can remember. But of course it ...
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What is the mathematical value of children learning and being tested on Roman numerals?

You forget, that school is not only about knowledge, but also about thinking. Learning Roman numerals and how they work teaches child, that the same thing may be expressed in different ways. And ...
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What are the best practices for giving online tests?

On The Timer I tried a long timer (about 3-5 days) for my exams and final exam last semester. The reason for this is that my favorite assignments from college -- the ones where I learned the most -- ...
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What is the mathematical value of children learning and being tested on Roman numerals?

Aside from your own answer, I also am a firm believer in providing our children with a good educational background. Knowledge in itself is value, even if you cannot always use it for any practical ...
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What are the best practices for giving online tests?

Here is my experience: Throughout the term I gave several quizzes with long timer short availability questions all at once academic integrity statement few modifications The average score was around ...
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Software for randomizing multiple choice tests

If you use LaTeX to prepare your documents, there are many packages that automatically randomize the order of choices in multiple-choice questions. One recently updated package is esami. (This ...
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What are the best practices for giving online tests?

Generally about cheating in tests if you are trying to prevent cheating, trying to limit the student's ability to do it is very hard and mostly counterproductive, as it can introduce frustration , ...
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How do you incorporate the results from a final exam into evidence of learning in a valid and justifiable way (i.e. grade determination)?

I have always found this to be an extremely hard proposition in the US system of grading (hw + 2-3midterms + final=Grade). All of the systems I've seen were imperfect, but some were better than ...
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Should we assess ability to use specific problem solving methods, or general ability to solve problems?

As a fellow college algebra (et. al.) instructor, I think that knowing specific methods is a necessary thing to confirm. That's what I do on my tests. If you want and have time to add yet another ...
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Software for randomizing multiple choice tests

Pearson's TestGen is a crucial tool for my teaching for this reason and others. If you have an instructor account with Pearson, then the software download is free, and so are testbanks for almost all ...
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Revision Lecture, what are the aims?

...what are efficient structures for a revision lecture? Things I've actually tried, sorted by increasing student engagement: Merely provide list of topics for students to study on their own time. ...
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Create a math quiz with LaTex by randomly choosing questions from a bank

As Brandon mentioned in a comment, I'm working to develop an online platform for this use-case, where the banks are generated using SageMath code and PreTeXt XML. Problem sets for linear algebra and ...
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Create a math quiz with LaTex by randomly choosing questions from a bank

So in theory different students could get different questions? The software I know of that does this is WeBWorK. It will even score student-entered answers for you. See LINK . Supported by the ...
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How should I grade true-or-false questions if the student's writing is unclear?

There seem to be two questions here. I am going to answer them separately: How should I mark ambiguous answers? Students often write things which are ambiguous or hard to understand. For example, ...
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What are the historical reasons for the hostility against standardized testing in the US?

A late answer, because I think none of the existing responses have yet to address the theme of "why particularly in the U.S.?" (laying aside, momentarily, the other solid criticisms of standardized ...
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What is the mathematical value of children learning and being tested on Roman numerals?

Maybe it's not purely a maths thing, but maths comes into other subjects, and the crossover is both ways. As a former teacher in U.K. I can't believe that the national curriculum contains only 'M' and ...
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What are the best practices for giving online tests?

Randomize questions Other answers are good, but I think a very important aspect on online quizzes has not been covered: questions should be different for every student - as different as resources and ...
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What is the mathematical value of children learning and being tested on Roman numerals?

In my country, many buildings (city halls and other official buildings) have their construction date, sculpted upon the building, in Roman numerals. Imagine my standing next to a 12-year old child, ...
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How to give a good Geometry test?

Some ideas: a) Consider giving extra questions and the student can pick eg 5 out of 6 or 5 out of 7. The advantage is that if the students forgets a postulate or theorem, they can pick a different ...
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Should a student have another chance at a math test question when they have a english problem?

You'll probably get a better answer after the question is closed, edited for clarity, and reopened. I have had multiple experiences of this for students for whom English is not their first language. &...
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Recommended setting for studying

Speaking as someone who didn't start off on the right foot with math in high school or even college, but who went on to successfully complete a PhD in mathematics and then taught at university for ...
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How should I grade true-or-false questions if the student's writing is unclear?

It is perfectly fine to ask students to write answers in as you have asked them on the exam, as simple T or F. But it is also acceptable to require clarity in letter formation. In fact it is good to ...
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As a tutor, should I make students who did badly on timed, closed book past paper tests, do the exact same test again?

I advise to go for it with a small tweak. Instead of doing 100% the same, make it equivalent problems (VERY SIMILAR), but slightly different numbers, formulas. It's worth doing if they 100% missed a ...
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What is the mathematical value of children learning and being tested on Roman numerals?

The Roman numerals are used. It is useful to be able to read them, isn't it? They are used because of aesthetics. vsz noted Star Wars, episode IV versus Star Wars, episode 4. Old buildings in Europe ...
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