During my five years of teaching experience as a teaching assistant including teaching, grading and math tutoring at Washington State University (WSU) and American University of Sharjah (AUS), I have noticed that many students are not motivated because they are scared of subjects that deal with mathematics, and because there is a common belief that math is complicated and boring subject. When they go to any math class in general and freshmen and sophomore levels in particular, they already have a prejudice against the subject matter. One of my major obstacles as a teacher is to create a friendly environment. With patience and encouragement, I then proceed to build their self-confidence in learning mathematics. A successful math teacher must make the students feel that mathematics is learnable, applicable and enjoyable. The following is a list of two examples that I do in my Calculus II class to help my students overcome their fears from topics such as tests of convergence and divergence for series, and absolutely and conditionally convergent series: Continue reading “How I help my Students overcome their Fears, create a Supportive Classroom, and get Students to ask Good Questions” »