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If the student backing the blackboard thinks he knows the answer, he/she stands up and says the word.

In this context, "almost surely" is a mathematical term with a precise meaning, and the "monkey" is not an actual monkey, but a metaphor for an abstract device that produces a random sequence of letters and symbols ad infinitum. the probability of a monkey exactly typing a complete work such as Shakespeare's Hamlet is so tiny that the chance of it occurring during a period of time even a hundred thousand orders of magnitude longer than the age of the universe is extremely low (but not zero).

Students have lots of things in their minds going on and we must find a way to make them stop thinking about their problems and concentrate on what’s going in class.

This activity was introduced to me by Thomas, from Austria. Students make two groups that will be facing each other but quite far away one from the other.

Long-time commenter Clarence has issues with how things have been moderated.

The back-and-forth discussing that is taking up too much of the open thread blog where it started, so I’m moving that particular discussion here.