David Semitekol

Chicago, IL, United States

About David

Universities

DePaul University

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David Semitekol
Posted over 2 years ago
Media polls that identify us based on our skin color are forms of racism and segregation.
Yes, I agree it is a way to categorize data, but do we need to? The main concern of course is the upcoming election, and how people focus so much on what a race will do in the country. I agree that for most purposes, categorization is important. However, when the only difference is skin color, then we must ask if it is necessary. The color of our skin should not change who we are and I think that at this point, it should simply be overlooked. The problem with looking at a skin color is that it generalizes us and our skin color does not determine anything about us. It fits us into groups, and when people are placed into general groups they tend to not feel like they are part of the larger group, America.
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David Semitekol
Posted over 2 years ago
What's in a name?
Yes, and that is an angle to my question. The use of titles or how a name is said. For example, Dr. Smith. Its interesting how strongly some people feel about being addressed a certain way.
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David Semitekol
Posted almost 3 years ago
Where do you use math in your profession?
Hi Mary, Thank you for the link for project M.I.N.D. I will have to take a look at it. I love your real world examples with your kids. My area of interest is in college math and higher, perhaps starting with high school. For example: algebra, calculus and trigonometry. My concern is with the student's interest when approaching these subjects. They simply have no desire to learn the material and they end up just muddling through it. In some cases it causes students to change their major just to avoid the required math. There is a difference between having to learn something and wanting to learn something. When we have to learn it we just try to get through it. When we want to learn it, this is when we make breakthroughs. Stimulate the interest in students so that they want to learn math and we increase our probability in someone discovering the next breakthrough.
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David Semitekol
Posted almost 3 years ago
Gaining your student's attention
Thank you everyone for the comments, some of them have been very helpful. I'd like to try to focus the conversation back around to the teacher and creating an active listening enviroment for the students. This is accomplished through the teacher more than through the students. When we achieve an active student audience they will have a better understanding of the material and begin to think about the material themselves. Understanding the why is sometimes more important than understanding the how. College is the time and opportunity for a deeper level of thinking and thought, one that is impossible if the teacher just walks into a classroom, delivers a lecture and assumes that that is good enough.
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David Semitekol
Posted almost 3 years ago
Gaining your student's attention
Absolutly, getting to know your teacher is half the experience of the college setting and increases your learning potential. While my classes are never more than 35 students, I pride myself on having a relationship will all of my professors. At times much more is learned during casual conversation after class. Additionally when the teacher learns who their students are they can improve their delivery of the material and customize it for the students in the class.
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David Semitekol
Posted almost 3 years ago
Where do you use math in your profession?
Thank you everyone so much for the contributions! They are great and I wasn't expecting such a turn out. My goal is to gain enough examples and to use them at the start of each lecture. I'm hoping that these examples in the beginning of class will spark the student's interest for the reaming of the lecture and to show that that we really do use math. Thanks again and keep them coming!
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David Semitekol
Posted almost 3 years ago
Gaining your student's attention
I agree with you Mary to a point. There are no stupid questions but some clearly are out of context or from a student who just wasn't paying attention the last five minutes :) At times though it is nice to hear any type of question, especially after dead silence. What ever gets the kids attention, this leads to active listening which should eventually lead to learning the material.
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David Semitekol
Posted almost 3 years ago
Gaining your student's attention
Hi Victor, Excellent point about using their names in the classroom setting. This should definitely help to keep their attention and maintain an active learning environment. I found it very interesting that your younger students maintain a higher level of concentration than most college students. This is the difficulty that we face in a college setting. They are here to learn and understand the material as it is extremely important to them in the years to come. One thing that I am starting to understand is the usefulness of the material from one class to another. I wonder if at times students lose their attention span because they don't think that a particular class applies to them.
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David Semitekol
Posted almost 3 years ago
What is the difference between believing and accepting?
Accepting something is coming to terms with it. You do not have to believe in something to accept it. Accepting something is acknowledging it, understanding it, going with it. Belief is knowing something to be true. You can believe in something but not accept it. I think when you accept something then it is the final product of belief.