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Should the (teaching) tag be a synonym for (mathematical-pedagogy)?

Should the teaching tag be a synonym for mathematical-pedagogy? And if not, what sort of questions would be a good fit for one tag, but not the other? Right now the teaching tag doesn't have a usage ...
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Are questions around simplification in scope?

I am not a teacher but a parent of children who learn math at school (13 and 15 yo in France). I also have a PhD in physics, so I am particularly interested myself by what they learn. Some of their ...
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What questions are on-topic for Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange?

From the tour: Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for those involved in the field of teaching mathematics. and With your help, we're working together to build a ...
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Math+science stack exchanges helping other math+science stack exchanges!

The Physics Meta promotes support for all Science sites on Stack Exchange, in this post. The same meta post is now on several other science SE Meta sites. The Mathematics Educators SE is one of the ...
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Are questions about student advising usually on-topic?

The following question has generated some controversy regarding whether it is on-topic. (Edit: The question was subsequently moved to Math Overflow, having been closed here.) What areas of pure ...
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Chat for COVID-19

As we adjust to teaching online, I thought it might be useful to have a less formal place where we can share strategies for teaching mathematics, recommend hardware and software, share war stories, or ...
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Could this question about research on how to teach math to children be worthy of a lot of attention?

I saw the question Research on how to teach math to children - what proven approaches are there to teaching math effectively?. I think that question could be really useful and may be worthy of drawing ...
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Vote early and vote often!

This is copied from Scott Morrison's post on meta.latexSE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is actually unsolicited advice, based on our experience from the initial launch of ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Dividing by Zero duplicate

A recent post was submitted and marked as a duplicate: https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/q/8571/267. This post shows a question and answer by the same user. It appears this user is not able to ...
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Posting mini-answers in comments

I know it is best-stackexchange-practice to not post mini-answers in the comments, but I think it is a losing battle to try to control the behavior of commenters. I recommend we just let it go. This ...
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What are the guidelines to consider regarding whether or not users here should refer a question, or its asker, to math.se?

I ask the title question, in part because of this assigned exercise posted here and the first commenter to reply. In particular, the first sentence of the comment is fine. The second sentence of the ...
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How often is a question on matheducators.se closed as “primarily opinion-based”?

My title may not be the best of titles. But it appears to me that matheducators.se receives its share of opinion-based questions, e.g., When should students stop receiving tutoring?. There are a few ...
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Handling “edgy” jokes in comments

I flagged the comment here: https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/a/13708/11 as needing moderator attention. In case it is removed later, the context is that the question wants to know a better, ...
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Is asking for textbook recommendations for self-study on-topic?

Before I ask the question: I've already looked at this one and don't feel that the answers cover mine. Background: I "learned" the mathematics relevant to electronic engineering several decades ago. ...
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Let's get critical: Sep 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Mathematics Educators's first moderator election has come to a close, and the votes have been tallied, resulting in the new moderator : Chris will be joining the existing crew shortly—please ...
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Thoughts on the scope, especially the intended audience, of this site?

Several years ago when this site was launched there were quite a few discussions about what is or should be the scope of the site, see for example Scope of the site: educaTION versus educaTOR Since ...
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What information is appropriate to ask from a post to help contextualize?

In this question there arose the issue of whether to take answers from various sources. I haven't seen the question of questions from students (obviously, presuming that a given question is in fact ...
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Lots of new close votes

I've been noticing a lot of new close votes on old questions that perhaps in the past would have passed muster and now are possibly considered more marginal. I'm just curious as to whether there was ...
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Should the [test-design] and [exams] tags be synonyms?

Should the test-design and exams tags be synonyms? If not, how should what sorts of questions would we like these tags to correspond to, and how can we edit the tag wikis to reflect this?
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Tags need wikis! Can you help?

Every tag could (and should!) have a tag wiki and perhaps even more importantly a tag wiki excerpt; this is what you see in the list of tags and when hovering over a tag. While a fair number of tags ...
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Tag wiki: Links to questions?

At the moment, only a few tags has wiki entries, I'm about to give some basic descriptions to the tags. Question: Should one add links to "typical" questions related to the tag? Or is this already ...
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Answering your own question?

SE provides the feature of answering your own question. I often see this when someone made something sophisticated, but useful and wants to share his/her knowledge on, e.g., TEX.SE or similar. In ...
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How do I ask a good question?

I'm asking it here because it is specifically about Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange and not about the Stack Exchange network in general. Also since this question is about Mathematics Educators ...
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Nomination Suggestions for 2019 Moderator Election

We have an election that is currently live, looking for self-nominations. https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/election Is there anyone you think should nominate themselves, that has not stepped ...
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New Graphing Calculator 3D Stackexchange proposal is looking for people to register for a private beta

The graphing calculator 3d SE proposal has reached the commitment phase, where it needs 200 people to register for a private beta. Although it already has 194 members, only 12 of them have the ...
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Feedback from an established user on MESE: "I offer this in the spirit of ‘we are at <1 question per day, let’s save what we can’'

I responded, critically but also respectfully, to an established user's comment below a rather ill-formed question. He responded: "I offer this in the spirit of ‘we are at <1 question per day, ...
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Will this question be well received here?

Is it beneficial to do one book twice or two book once or repeat the difficult questions from one book. I am asking this in context for preparing for tough competitive exams such as Joint entrance ...
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Do we need the “inequation” tag?

I just approved an edit to the inequation tag. I approved this edit so that the current state of the tag would have some fixed point of reference for discussion. That being said, I do not believe ...
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Q&A for the 2019 Moderator Election

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. As a candidate, your job is simple - post an answer to this question, citing each of the questions and ...
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Scope of the site: educaTION versus educaTOR

I am still somewhat confused about the scope of this site. The help center says: The community welcomes questions on teaching mathematics and the process of learning mathematics at all levels. ...
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Country tags - yes or no?

I have edited some questions to add country tags. Someone has removed them from at least one question. Let us talk about what are the best practices around country tags on Matheducators. ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on April 22 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement ...
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Are questions from students learning professional culture counted as on-topic?

What points mathematicians need in an explanation about red herring names? When I ask this question I put myself in the position of a novice wanting to learn the culture of professional mathematician ...
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Education questions on Mathematics SE

A few times lately I've noticed questions like this one coming up om Mathematics SE: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3086468/result-of-multiplication-having-zeroes-after-the-decimal Despite ...
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Publications inspired by Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange

(This post is inspired by the MathOverflow Meta question "Best of MathOverflow, or papers inspired by MathOverflow.") What publications have mentioned Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange? This ...
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Answer Flagged a Year after Posting

I noticed that an answer was flagged a year after posting. I am not sure I understand the value of doing this. As a teacher I believe in giving more immediate feedback. I am thinking that someone ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for lesson plans of a certain type?

I asked this question today. Essentially, I am trying to collect some more lesson plans of a certain type: "Desmos Make-A-Graph" projects. And I invite others to contribute to this collection. I ...
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The issue of discussion questions

I am asking in regards to this question: What are questions from students that improved the teachers understanding of mathematics? The first comment says it's a call for discussion, and therefore not ...
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Welcome to MathOverflow Guys!

Today we had many MathOverflow users as new users of MESE and some others who added their first post. I would like to say welcome to these guys as a sign of MESE hospitality. Question. How can we ...
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Is this question about reading research papers on-topic?

Is this question considered to be on-topic? To me it seems to be asking about the meaning of English phrases in the context of mathematics, or alternatively about how to judge the validity of a ...
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Kindness for the question askers

I know this issue was posted here before. In its previous incarnation, this question pointed out that numerous comments instead of answers, detailing the problems with a question, and short, abrupt ...
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Duplicate questions with MO.SE?

I've asked today the following question What is fairly new theorem one can teach (and prove) to an undergraduate student? As @quid mentioned in his comment, a very similar question was asked on MO.SE,...
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What does a downvote mean on meta?

There have been several meta posts that received net downvotes, including: Would this recent MSE question be on topic on MESE? https://matheducators.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/221/what-is-the-...
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Commenting when downvoting

I have a fair amount of experience using Stackexchange (mostly using Math.SE). One common concern for users is when a question or answer is downvoted. It is considered good practice to always provide ...
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Why were comments removed from the thread about making math classes “spiritually uplifting?”

I made several comments in several places in this thread, which IMO were on topic and not chatty. They were substantive comments. One was an explanation of why I downvoted the question. One was an ...
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How do we flag comments that are “not comments?”

I flagged a couple of comments to this question: What female mathematician can I introduce to my High School students? as "not constructive," but the reason the comments should be removed were ...

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