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Top Ten Teaching Tips. Cynthia You ng Professor of Mathematics University of Central Florida. Ontario Colleges Mathematics Association “XXX-For the LOVE of Math”. You may not get all students to LOVE Math but you can get all students to LOVE SUCCEEDING at Math.

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Top Ten Teaching Tips

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## Top Ten Teaching Tips

Cynthia Young

Professor of Mathematics

University of Central Florida

Ontario Colleges

Mathematics Association

“XXX-For the LOVE of Math”

You may not get all students to LOVE Math but you can get all students to LOVE SUCCEEDING at Math

## Has a student ever said to you..

• “I understand you in class but when I get home I am lost”

• “It seems so easy when you do it.”

There is a GAP that exists between when we have our students with us and when they are independent learners.

## # 1: Make it REAL

Doubling Time:

Exponential Growth

Invest EARLY because it’s not the first time your money doubles, it’s the last time your money doubles.

## #2: Balancing Skills with Concepts

• Both Skills and Concepts should be explicitly stated.

• Both Skills and Concepts should be assessed.

Skill

Graph the polynomial function.

Concept

T /F The graph of a polynomial function might not have any x-intercepts.

T /F The graph of a polynomial function might not have any y-intercepts.

Be aware of not overcompensating for skills at the expense of concepts.

• Reading the book in class:

• Gets students comfortable opening the book

## #5: In Class Assessment

Students can raise their hands and as an instructor we immediately can assess their level of understanding.

Negative (left hand), Positive (right hand), an answer that is an integer that can be raised on a hand.

Assessing Students IN CLASS

x = -4 is

extraneous.

## #7: Catch the Mistake

Solve for x :

Incorrect

Correct

or

The root x = 0 is lost when the original quadratic equation is divided by x. Never divide by a variable (it may be zero). Remember to put the equation in standard form first and then factor.

## #9: Get Out of Class Problem

Instills Confidence

Gives you a few seconds of one-on-one time with each student.

Catches misconceptions before they leave class and go home.

Students need to experience success before they go home.

I always pick number 38/46/52/26.

## Cynthia’s Top 10 Teaching Tips

Make it REAL

Balancing Skills with Concepts

In Class Assessment

Think/Pair/Share with Challenge

Catch the Mistake

Using Wiley Plus Effectively

Get Out of Class Problem

## Contact Information

Cynthia Young

cyyoung@mail.ucf.edu

(407) 823-5987