> To Robert, Kirby, Dom, and any others not in K-12: > > What advice would you give on any of the topics > mentioned? > > Richard
I will contribute a couple of things related to asking questions in class.
First, instead of saying "Fred, what is x + y?", it is better to say "What is x + y?; (pause) do you have an answer Fred?"
In the first case, if your name isn't Fred, many students tune out the rest of the sentence. The second is more apt to get more students involved. ======== Second, instead of saying "Here is an easy question: what is x + y?", it is better to either not classify the type of question at all or to say "This one is kind of tricky, but I think you can figure it out; what is x + y?"
If you answer an 'easy' question, you haven't shown anything special, and if you get it wrong, does that mean you are dumb? I ask questions of the same level of difficulty as before, but I try to never refer to them as 'easy'.