Month: August 2016

Finally Feeling Good About Week 1

Since the beginning of my career six years ago I’ve always felt awkward about what I do in Week 1.  I started with the usual boring stuff:  course outlines, review assignments, and/or some sort of other diagnostic to see where student understanding was to start out the school year.  I soon realized that there were Read More …

New Year Resolution 1: Encouraging Statements

My first “new year resolution” for this upcoming school year (starting Monday, yikes!) is to be direct and outright with my encouragement of students.  I resolve to regularly use statements such as “I believe in you,” “you can do it,” “keep up the hard work,” and “you are good at math” purposefully with students every Read More …