August 11, 2016
Matthew

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

July 27, 2016
Matthew

On Writing

So I don’t claim to have figured this out yet, but I have solidified a lot more of my thoughts about how language should work in the math classroom that I would like to implement.  I’ve shared my thinking about the progression of language learning:  speaking → reading → writing.  Each helps you become more

July 6, 2016
Matthew

Classroom Changes – Post PCMI

So I didn’t have this blog up when PCMI Round 1 came about last summer, but as I am in the midst of Round 2 as I write I thought I’d write on the experience now since I’ve had the chance to go through a year and reflect.  First of all, if you haven’t heard of

May 2, 2016
Matthew

Student Reflections

So one of my major goals this year was to make a push to help students realize different mathematical strengths and figure out where theirs lie.  I really wanted them to begin to see that mathematics is so much more than just being quick at calculations and seeing formulas, which was how most of them

April 28, 2016
Matthew

The Newspaper Problem

DISCLAIMER:  I procrastinate on something until I feel like it’s “perfect.”  Then I eventually realize it will never be perfect and either (a) concede and move on with it anyway since it’s too good to pass up, or (b) toss it aside if it wasn’t a worthwhile venture.  In the realm of my blog, I’ve