Jun. 22nd, 2012

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I spent a lot of time grading today, and what I saw affirmed my realisation that whatever they've been doing in the previous (compulsory) maths courses has not been teaching them to write good 'Teacher's Solutions'. So what exactly is a good 'Teacher's Solution'? Well, according to the textbook a Teacher's Solution includes:
  • a labeled picture that describes the entire problem (generally a bar diagram for word problems, or a redrawing of the figure for a geometry problem) with the unknown clearly labeled
  • computations explained using simple language
  • a clearly stated answer
This works for me, and we're going to practice it next week, oh yes we are.

The quiz questions were really well done, though - they obviously put a lot of effort into thinking about what to ask, and how to ask it. I'm pretty sure they've never allocated points though; maybe next week we can talk about that. 

Homework all graded, scanned and emailed. Going to study algebra for the rest of the weekend...

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