Benjamin Dickman
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Historically Motivating Concepts
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One source you might look to is the following Master's thesis: Dickey, G. (2004). A Historical Approach to Teaching the British Columbia Mathematics Eight Course. In particular, see the literature ...

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Effective use of Moodle (or similar)
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For already TeXed documents, I have generally attached them to threads in the discussion forum. As an example, I did this with a proof sketch of the Cantor-Bernstein-Schroeder Theorem using a .docx ...

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What are some good low-prerequisite examples for the heuristic advice "If you cannot prove it, prove something stronger."?
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Edit: You might consider Klain and Rota's (1997) proof of Buffon's noodle problem as a somewhat general example that can be used to resolve (the better known) Buffon's needle problem, and also to ...

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Optimization problems that today's students might actually encounter?
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Edit (4/29/14): A popular media piece in the New York Times on rent division gives a great example of how Sperner's Lemma can be used for fair division problems (as related to cake cutting, the ...

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Why use the word Quadratic?
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Quoting Wikipedia: The adjective quadratic comes from the Latin word quadrātum ("square"). Summarizing succinctly: Consider objects of side-length $a \in \mathbb{R}^{+}$. $a^1$ gives the size ("...

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Lecturers "(intentional) mistakes" as a teaching tool
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With regard to the education literature (note that this is not specific to mathematics education) Keith Sawyer writes about the paradoxical balance of improvising in the classroom and having ...

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Cute Word Problems
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A related example that comes to mind at the (strong) secondary level is Yellow Pigs Day at Hampshire College; this includes David Kelly's focus on the number 17. At the (undergraduate) tertiary level,...

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Mathematical problems for preschoolers
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A good math curriculum to check out for Pre-K to K is Big Math for Little Kids. You can find some information about it in this interview with co-developer Herb Ginsburg. Ginsburg is also working on ...

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Good problems that uncover difficult points in a theory
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I think there are several good problems that can be explored (e.g., using the Moore method) by beginning with a word or term and trying to axiomatize it. I happen to think that assembling several of ...

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What experimental studies have been done on the Kumon method of teaching and learning mathematics?
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Outside of what is found in refereed journals (which one can generally find by just searching Google Scholar) a good source - if you have access - is ProQuest's "Digital Dissertations." ...

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Pedagogical considerations behind current order of presentation of trigonometry
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I disagree with the notion that the unit circle approach preceding the triangle approach should be, if it is contextualized historically, "baffling." To this end, I suggest two pieces if you are ...

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Is there a simple real-world problem I can use to motivate a formula for $\displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^n i $?
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I am not quite sure if this answers the question in the body of your post, but here is how I have motivated the search for a closed form regarding these summations. Summing the first $n$ counting ...

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What interesting properties of the Fibonacci sequence can I share when introducing sequences?
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If I were to cover the Fibonacci Sequence in introducing sequences to Calculus students, I would probably avoid some of the more obscure properties. I would focus on what early Calculus students ...

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Correctness in learning mathematics
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Here is my attempt to answer your question, if not directly, then at least in spirit! I am specifically responding to the following: Many students see no beauty in this subject, only fear and a ...

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Developing mathematical stories
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With regard to "mathematics as story" in the context of mathematics education, one place you might look to is the work of Leslie Dietiker (google scholar) on mathematics curriculum as story. For ...

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Should Euclid's algorithm be taught as rigid or flexible?
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(Summary: I would suggest exploring it flexibly, but ensuring students also know the "rigid" version.) Rather than directly addressing Euclid's algorithm for the $\gcd$ of two whole numbers, I ...

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How do I motivate my students to go to office hours?
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I have TAed several content courses for graduate students in mathematics education. In this respect, my interactions with students may differ from the scenarios faced by others who have served as ...

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Mathematics and the hermeneutic circle
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First, a direct answer: Yes, there is work in mathematics education connected to Gadamer. One soure for such studies is articles by Brent Davis; more generally, google scholar yields such ...

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Examples of cultural limitations on math education
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Perhaps this historical example fits the bill: Khovanova, T., & Radul, A. (2012). Killer problems. American Mathematical Monthly, 119(10), 815-823. The piece was published earlier on the arXiv ...

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Early vs. late transcendentals
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Literature: Unfortunately, I have never seen a study that compares these two approaches to teaching Calculus (nor did a cursory search through ProQuest and Google Scholar produce anything of import). ...

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Developing and fostering a Putnam group
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There are a lot of resources for problem solving online. One place to look is MIT's OpenCourseware; see their Problem Solving Seminar: Course Description This course, which is geared toward Freshmen, ...

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Who put the skew in my Skittles? Have there been studies as to which candy has a fairly uniform distribution of flavors?
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(Sorry if my answer is as offensive as responding to a question about Coca-Cola with data about Pepsi!) There are certainly some lesson plans around looking at statistics for M&M colors. For ...

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The impact of dyslexia on learning mathematics, and available resources
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I'm not exactly sure what's being asked here, since you say you want to to learn how "to do advanced math," but also that you "want to try algebra and trigonometry, to play with equations." I can't ...

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Should true-false questions ask for an explanation?
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Your question is in fact three questions. Is there a good solution? Do you ask your students to give explanations for true-false questions? How do you deal with the issues raised above? My answer ...

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Seminal Professional Development writings
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In terms of researchers who I am personally familiar with: I would recommend work by Orit Zaslavsky. From her NYU-Steinhardt bio: Orit Zaslavsky's research focuses on mathematics teacher ...

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How do you attract more math majors at a liberal arts college math department?
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I wrote to a professor of mathematics at a liberal arts college that has, in recent years, found great success in attracting more math majors. Here are lightly edited excerpts from the two emails I ...

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Experiences with Venn diagrams as didactic tool for factors, GCD, LCM?
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I have a worked example on MSE here in which I cite (RE: your comment on pointers to articles): Feldman, Z. (2014). Rethinking factors. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 20(4), 230-236. ...

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Extension activities in Algebra II
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Edit [12.16.17]: A write-up concerning a few of the problems below was accepted for publication in NCTM's grades 8-14 journal, The Mathematics Teacher. It is slated for publication in Fall 2018, but a ...

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Is algebra unnecessarily quadratic intensive?
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Here are some brief [and admittedly inchoate] thoughts, as I'm not quite ready to invest in writing a formal essay about your very important question with respect to what an Algebra 2 course should ...

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Surrounding a subject and strangling it to death versus concentrating on the main point
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I recommend a newer Calculus textbook, which was published earlier this year: DJ Velleman's text, "Calculus: A Rigorous Approach" (link; also mentioned in my answer to MESE 11971). In the introduction,...

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