Math Teaching Tips Page
|Cover the syllabus. Prepare students for the next course.||Pass on students who are unprepared.|
|Learn students' names.
Call on them by name.
|Talk to the board. Instead, write, turn and explain.|
|Try to have everyone involved.||Always rely on a few students to answer questions.|
|Soften comments to wrong answers:
e.g. That was partly right, or Let's try it your way and see what happens.
|Make students feel like their answer was stupid. e.g. You have the brains of a carrot.|
|Give students a problem, walk around and see how they are doing on it.||Work examples without getting feedback.|
|Be clear about what will be on the test. Study guides are helpful in many cases.||Expect them to be independent learners in the lower courses. They'll need guidance.|
|Try to give them at least a couple of test problems where they have to think a little.||Put the hardest problems at the beginning of the exam, especially in lower courses.|
|Assume they know some math from previous courses. You can remind them how things are done without re-teaching their whole previous class.||Skip steps, even if they seem obvious to you.|
|Occasionally wait a few seconds for a response.||Always expect someone in the class to answer immediately.|
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Larry Friesen, Mathematics Lead
Butler County Community College
El Dorado, KS 67042