David Wees
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Should I design my exams to have time-pressure or not?
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A common approach in elementary school math is the use of "mad minutes" wherein a child attempts to madly complete as many arithmetic problems as they can. This is an extreme example of a ...

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How to assign homework when answers are freely available or attainable online?
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Here's another idea: Give a completely different type of homework assignment. For example, this year, collect all of your homework as usual. Look through the homework for examples of solutions that ...

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Problems sets for instruction
11 votes

Can we include rich math tasks in our answers? If so, look at: http://visualpatterns.org http://graphingstories.com http://map.mathshell.org http://www.illustrativemathematics.org/ http://threeacts....

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How do you revise?
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10 votes

My first suggestion is not to prepare for your exams alone. Prepare for your exams with some of your colleagues, but make sure each of you reflects on your own progress toward readiness independently; ...

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What math "tricks" or methods do you know for low level students?
6 votes

Tina Cardone has been gathering examples of tricks like this in an crowd-sourced online book, available here: http://nixthetricks.com. I recommend reading her curated book. She has many, many of ...

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How have you used technology to create an opportunity for mathematical reasoning in your classroom?
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I have many ways I have used technology in my math class to promote mathematical thinking. Here are five examples. Share a dynamic Geogebra applet at the front of the room, and ask students to share ...

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Appropriate education level for this geometry problem
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I disagree with the other two answers. I would assign this problem in an introductory high school class, but I would not use it as an assessment item. Here's why: Most high school students will ...

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Moving From Rote Learning To Creative Thinking
4 votes

If you are looking for a book you can use to study an effective practice of teaching mathematics in a way that is definitely not intended to leave students with mathematical tunnel vision, can I ...

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What do you do when you realize mid-lecture that your lesson plan is not working?
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My suggestions (which assume that you are a lecturer in a large university class): Design lesson plans with hinge questions that check for important understandings. In a large lecture hall, you can ...

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Why does high school teaching in the USA require a teaching certificate while college/university teaching does not?
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This seems to me to be two questions. Is there research backing up the empirically observed trend that teacher-training is necessary for teaching primary and secondary school, but not necessary ...

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Adoption / penetration rates for dynamic geometry software in secondary school
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I'm in a project with 27 different schools from around New York city, all of which have geometry classes, and as far as I can tell, the only use of DGS I have seen is teacher use for demonstration ...

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Teaching "and a half" early, possibly before general proper fractions
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I have tried this with my own son (whom my wife and I are homeschooling), and at least for him, the approach seems to be working. What we have basically done is introduced fraction concepts as they ...

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Looking for good Algebra I tasks
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I don't know if this is acceptable question-answering etiquette, but this list of rich math tasks from another question is an excellent starting place. (Aside: Is it better to link to the other list, ...

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How to keep track of your old exercises in a heavy proof based course?
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What about using a spreadsheet, with a column for links to the tasks themselves? Each column of the spreadsheet contains information about each problem you want to store (like a quick description, ...

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