Category: Teaching

Lecture sucks

Scribbles on a slide that is incomprehensible if you're viewing independent of the class.

One of my classes (that I’m a student in) is split into a lecture and a lab. The lecture is three days a week for one hour, and it is only lecture – slides without a theme (black text, white background), instructor talking, stuff from the textbook, occasional review questions. They’re so boring. They suck. …

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Road map

Next week, I begin my first semester as a grad student at KU, and my second semester teaching full time, teaching two sections of Discrete Math, and one each of Data Structures and Programming II. Moosader is also on my mind, and I feel like I have a bit more of a focus for what …

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You rock

I had a student who wrote some notes on their recent exam that expressed frustration and embarrassment over some problems. I haven’t returned the exams yet (it’s a once-a-week class), but I sketched in their exam and left positive notes. I scanned the exam for this student and sent it to them, and let them …

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Video Lectures

A screenshot of a video being rendered

When I was a student, it was aggravating to no end, just knowing that I heard my professor say something in class, but not having it in my notes and not remembering what exactly it was. I know I’ve dealt with being confused on a math topic and pouring through the book and examples and …

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Programming Poems

Was just playing around with words to try to think of ways to get students to remember that they need == when comparing two values. To compare if two values are equal, Your equal sign needs a sequel. (==)   I posted it on FB, and was given the response “===” so then I wrote: …

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Feedback during the 3rd week of my C++ class

Dang! It is always nice to get good feedback like this. This was in one of the mini-essays I assigned in my C++ class (reading about & discussing problem solving techniques), so I wasn’t expecting it! “Coming into the class I was very nervous. My friend who has taken this course before by other unnamed …

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Programming for Discrete Math

I like using programming in the classroom. I’ve never seen programming really used much in any of the math classes I’ve had in the past, save from some odd MatLab projects (of course I opt for NumPy or SciLab – Go FOSS!), and sometimes reading paragraphs of math problem examples in a textbook just makes …

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random test generator

What do you do when you want to write a take-home exam, but want to discourage students from simply copying off each other? If you’re a programmer, you write a random exam generator. 🙂 If you’re not a programmer, then you can probably find an existing one out there much nicer than mine… but oh …

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Jeopardy for Computer Science

Sometimes, class gets quiet. Especially during review days, students usually don’t speak up on their own to ask questions. So, this semester I wrote a little Jeopardy program and used it for both of my classes. The students at the community college I’m teaching at seemed to enjoy it; I was even asked to make …

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Kind words

When I was a student, I always tried to leave nice messages on my final exams / final submissions, so it is really nice to get the same from my students now that I’m teaching. 🙂 I’m going to keep these for posterity! I’m sorry it’s late. Have a great summer, and thank you for …

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