Things my students told me

MATH_teacherAs I retire from the college I feel the compulsion to share some hard learned lessons. To all teachers, newbies and old hands, sooner or later someone will say…

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ARROW_HA few years ago I made an observation. Feel free to disagree with me. My observations are often not very scientific and sometimes dead wrong but I suspect this one might ring a bell with you.

The catalyst for this observation was a series of classes in which students were reluctant to share their answers to homework questions. I started paying attention. The more concrete the question, the greater the reluctance. These were the types of questions which you could look up or calculate. You would think that these would be the easiest – or at least that is what I thought. After all, you are either right, or you’re wrong. How bad can that be?

But I’d forgotten that today’s students have little tolerance for being wrong.

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