Shay
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Students using ambiguous notation
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A colleague of mine includes on all his tests a line that reads (something like) "you will be graded on what you actually write down, not what I think you may have meant by what you wrote." He spends ...

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What holds your students back in Calculus?
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When I teach calculus, there are two preparedness issues that frequently surface: Understanding functions: I don't mind if my students can't write down the definition of a function (though ideally ...

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Free Groups First Approach
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I think the answer to Question 1 is that just as numbers are fundamentally about quantities and topology is fundamentally about space, groups are fundamentally about symmetry. We often overlook the "...

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How can we help students learn how to read their textbook?
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I do something at least mildly annoying: I make 10% of their class grade be showing up each week with the examples from the sections of the book we will cover that week written out by hand. That is, ...

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Is required reading of the text effective, and how can it be assessed?
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Yes, required reading of the text is effective. I know because my students say so. What's that, you say? Your students not only do the reading, but also say that they like doing it? Yes. And here's ...

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Community College Remedial Mathematics difficulties for students
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The question is broad, so my answer will be as well. Students who have been in school for a sufficient length of time have probably learned highly effective strategies for accomplishing their ...

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What is a good "simplification policy" for a college course with no calculators?
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First some general thoughts: I could never understand the obsession with no radicals in the denominator.Those situations where it is worth one's time to "simplify" such a thing seem remarkably rare. I ...

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Encourage students to strive for understanding despite looming exams
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My answer is similar to Jsor's, so if it seems redundant, say so in the comments and I'll remove it. I have weekly quizzes, each with minimal grade impact. In addition, their grade on a quiz is ...

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Inspiration for Learning Math Pedagogy
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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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How much memorization should be required in a first-semester calculus course?
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I don't quite know if this answers the question, but I ask no more memorization of my students than I find myself capable of. Perhaps due to (ahem) chemical indiscretions in late adolescence/early ...

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Redundant zeros
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It seems to me there is a conceptual mistake hidden in this misunderstanding: many students (and, sadly, probably many educators) misidentify numbers with their decimal expansions. Number are ...

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