AndrewC
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Is it worth grading calculus homework?
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The evidence says no What research I'm aware of is all about how giving any overall data about their own performance is actively harmful in promoting further learning. They learn considerably more ...

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How can we handle grocery store/bus stop conversations better?
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This happened to me two days ago! The "What is it that you teach then?" conversation. I first said everyone's different and has different brains, and that a bunch of us who did PhDs together decided ...

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What is the proper verb for "doing" an integral?
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I would avoid the verb solve as I reserve this for things like equations, inequalities and problems. An integral is equal to a number or a function, so verbs like find, evaluate etc are more ...

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Early vs. late transcendentals
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Disclaimer: I don't have any empirical studies, but do have substantial experience of the UK's hybrid between early and late transcendental functions in the 16-18 A-level Mathematics qualification. ...

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How can we help students learn to effectively take notes?
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It's a skill you can teach fairly explicitly I teach 16-18 year old students A-level maths in classes (not lectures) in the UK. Over the course of two years I gradually switch from telling them ...

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The word "and" rather than "or"
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Here's what happened: You asked a question using standard phrasing. The student found it surprising that the phrasing allowed the answer given. The student was worried about this and blamed the ...

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What to do with students who think they "already know it," but actually don't?
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Some ideas that may help ~ Help them understand the point of any difference in approach If the emphasis turns to proof or derivation from more fundamental principles, you can make the analogy of "...

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Tricks for computing things in your head
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Because of an exercise we ran every year, I accidentally memorised $\log_{10}2=0.301$, and I could find many logarithms quickly in my head using the log laws. One holiday I decided to take it a little ...

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How does CalcChat work, and how can students who use it be encouraged to do so constructively?
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The site only offers solutions to Ron Larson textbooks, and is run and maintained by Larson Texts, Inc. What is their business model? By providing an engaging, socially-connected, friendly and ...

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Optimal management of mixed-knowledge classes
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There are a great series of papers by or involving Dylan William including Inside the black box, Mathematics inside the black box and Assessment for learning: why, what and how?, in which he examines ...

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How do I Introduce Converse Theorems in Class?
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I don't think they're confusing statements with their converses, I think that, like my own students, they don't initially know that to prove B you can't start with B, but must instead conclude with B. ...

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Benefits and cons of choosing a very demanding specialization
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Warning: personal preference-based answer: I tend to do much better at challenging things that I enjoy than easy things I find uninteresting, and as an undergraduate/postgraduate student I wouldn't ...

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Should midterms exams include the most recently covered material?
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One option is to cover the most recent material in a very superficial level, with very explicit instructions in the text of the question rather than problem solving, so they don't need to be ...

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