Questions that request a review for teaching materials. Use this tag for asking specific questions about your teaching materials. Before using this tag, please read about it in the mentioned meta post. This tag has a very definite format, outlined in the full tag wiki.

Teaching material reviews are a useful way to spot problems in one's materials.

Materials are the presentation, instruction notes and other teaching aids which are used when teaching.

Using the right teaching material is, on occasion, not easy. Asking for peer review on a the materials used can give a direction for fixing said issues.

Such a review requires an existing materials. This is a review, not a request to create materials.

Materials can be reviewed for impact on instruction, efficiency, usefulness, or for other improvements.

Questions tagged with this tag must follow this format:

Sections of a question

1. A clear title

The title should identify the materials, and the basic purpose of the review.

2. The background

This is where we want to know information about the class, the age of the students, their knowledge background, and where these materials are used. Without clear information here, answers will be untargeted. Give as much relevant background as you can to help answerers focus their answers on your direct problem.

3. The materials as they now stands

Provides an outline or sketch of the currently used materials. This section might be on the longer side; that's okay! It's hard for answerers to comment on plans that they have no access to.

4. The actual question itself

The asker must provide specific goals for the critique. Don't worry about making things too narrow. If answerers see other problems in the curriculum, they can always add that information into their answer anyway. The question for the asker is, at minimum, what do you really need the answerer to address in order to help you improve these materials?

Once again, we want specifics.

  • Good (specific):
    • Are my worksheets supporting my lab well?
    • My students in the past have done well with ___, but I want to find a way of better supporting (other idea that students have had trouble with)
    • My next unit is on information theory. Is there some way that I can integrate the coin problem here in a way that is also organic to this unit?
  • Bad (vague):
    • Are these materials good?
    • Can you see any ways to improve the materials?
    • What else should I do?

The relevant meta post about this tag can be found here.

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