How to Be a Good Teacher is an Undecidable Problem
pedagogical techniques, college level mathematics
In this article, I describe my attempts to use various pedagogical techniques to teach college level mathematics and the particular problems that I ran into with each. I explain how I reached the conclusion that there is no best pedagogical approach. Rather each person’s teaching methods should fit their personality, their mathematical preferences, and the needs and goals of their courses and their students.
© 2011 Mathematical Association of America
E. Flapan, How to be a good teacher is an undecidable problem, College Mathematics Journal, (November 2011). Reprinted in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012, edited by Mircea Pitici, Princeton University Press (2012).