At her blog, Dr. Shellie wonders whether she should go through long derivations while teaching a graduate-level class this semester. She has been trying to find a balance between emphasizing concepts and rigorous derivations, especially as students tend to get lost following all the algebra. "I am also trying to encourage student thinking and participation during class.

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