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