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A Mentor's Eye View

Sometimesstudentsaskdirectlyforadviceaboutteachingtechniques.I oftenfindIcannotgivemytechniquesbecausetheymaynoteasilygraftonto another'spractice.Icouchmyresponseintermsofmyownteachingandhow Imakesenseofthings.Iseemypracticeasalinkedwholesothatquestions aboutdisciplinehavetofitintomyideasaboutwhataclassroomshouldbe likeandhowmathematicscanbestbelearned.Itrytoofferexamplesor anecdotesratherthanadvice,butIcannotavoidthissometimesbeinginterpretedas'tellingthemthewaytodoit'.However,IthinkthatIamoffering aconversationinwhichtheissuecanbeworkedoutratherthanarecipefor success.