Mathematical Communication is a developing collection of resources for engaging students in writing and speaking about mathematics, whether for the purpose of learning mathematics or of learning to communicate as mathematicians.

Discussion questions for presentation workshop

The following questions can be used to fuel a class discussion about giving effective presentations. They are based on a list of characteristics of effective communication derived from discussions with more than 30 mathematics educators.

Questions for class discussion

Based on mathematics presentations you’ve seen,

  • what presentation strategies help you to understand the content?
    • Follow-up question: When should ideas be presented informally? formally? why?
  • what presentation strategies make a presentation interesting to you?
    • Follow-up question: when should details be included?
  • even if all previously identified strategies for giving an understandable and interesting presentation are followed, what technical (or other) problems can prevent understanding?
    • Follow-up question: what strategies could you use to avoid or overcome these problems?
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