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    #1

    How do I know when...

    Dear teachers,

    "How do I know when my students are learning?"
    "How do I know when my teaching strategy is effective?"

    May I interpret the above sentences as:
    "How do I know whether or not my students are learning?"
    "How do I know whether or not my teaching strategy is effective?"

    Thank you.

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    #2
    "How do I know when my students are learning?"
    "How do I know when my teaching strategy is effective?"

    I think 'when' which has the connotation of time should be replaced with 'whether' or 'if'.

    not a teacher


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    #3

    Re: How do I know when...

    If you use "when" you want to know the specific time (or times) where learning is ocurring.
    If you use "whether or not" you are not sure that learning is ocurring at all.
    ( I'm not an English teacher).

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