Tips for Success in Math

I was reminded recently of the importance of stressing to students what it takes to be successful in Mathematics.  I used to be really good at making sure that I pass out a 2-page document at the beginning of every semester with some helpful tips, followed by some class time going over them.  However, after so many times of seeing your tip sheets in the garbage at the end of the first day of class, you tend to get frustrated.  At least I did.  However, coming across the following documents made me realize that maybe I should start doing this…
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Adult Brain Processes Fractions Effortlessly

Whenever I start a unit on fractions, I like to pass this article out to my students as I hope to encourage them into seeing that it is possible for their brains to process fractions despite maybe not fully understanding them earlier in life.  Enjoy this article, and please pass it on. 158345849-Adult_brain_processes_fractions_effortlessly
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GeoGebra and Applets for Calculus

Somethings I have learned just by being a little more observant.  One day last week I was sitting at a different table than usual at school, and it happened to be next to the bulletin board.  At the very top of the bulletin board was a flier that I had never seen before that had a list of two websites, one of them being Math Applets for Calculus at St. Louis University.  Personally, I have never been too big of a fan of applets, but most of these are really great.  There are four types of applets there: JCM Applets,…
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Twitter Link Round-Up

Here's a recap of the links that I've posted on Twitter over the past week or so: 1.  A friend told me that she used this Divisibility Rocks game from over at The Utah Education Network with her Developmental Math students and that it worked really well.  It turns out that they have plenty of other great lesson plans as well. 2.  Z-Type is a very intense typing game.  It turns out that as a Math Instructor, I do have to teach typing, computer, and writing skills as well.  For example:  One student told me just today that he couldn't write…
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Converting Your Files to PDF

Over the years I have learned not to post Microsoft Word, or other similar files on the Internet for students as there is usually at least one student who claims that they couldn't do the assignment because they couldn't open the file.  Then there is also the occasional student who will edit the file so that the assignment says that they had to do less work than what was originally assigned.  I even had a student one time who had the nerve to edit my syllabus and then tried to tell me that I had my own grading scale wrong!…
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