Most students will encounter recitation in a math class during their academic career. How can math professors make the experience more meaningful? MAA Teaching Tidbits blog has 5 ways educators can enhance the student experience during recitation.

Focus on getting students to do the work instead of doing it for them.

Incorporate group work into your sessions.

Get students to communicate what they understand to each other and to the class.

Have students relate mathematics to their own experiences.

Cultivate an environment where failure is ok and experimentation is encouraged.

I'm a Professor of Mathematics and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of North Texas. For eight years, I was co-director of Teach North Texas, UNT's program for preparing secondary teachers of mathematics and science.
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