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Author: William A. Stein
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8Berkeley, CA  94709\\
9USA}
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38Effective teaching requires more than just good material, it demands a
39presentation that is well thought out and adaptive.  When preparing, I
40consider several possible ways to organize my lecture.  Upon finding a
41way that succinctly illustrates the central ideas, I take out one
42blank sheet of paper for each eight minutes of lecture time available.
43I then record exactly what I expect to write on the board during my
44lecture.  The next step is the most important: I read through each
45page several times trying to think of questions that could arise, and
46I write them in the margin along with suggestive diagrams.  Through a
47process of iteration and clarification, I master the ideas from
48several angles; this allows me to suit my lecture to questions, and to
49actively encourage student participation.
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51I have experience developing curriculum materials.  I was supported
52for one year by an NSF grant during which time I wrote workbooks and
53{\sc Matlab} programs, in collaboration with A.~Weinstein and others,
54that were used in UC Berkeley's Calculus and Linear Algebra workshops
55and computer labs. I have also created software in response to
56students' difficulties; for example, when I taught Discrete
57Mathematics I found that the students did not understand the relevance
58of the algorithms, so I wrote and distributed software illustrating
59the components of the RSA public-key cryptosystem.
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