While finishing up some shopping, I witnessed food court employees desperately trying to persuade customers to dine at their competing restaurants. It reminded me of what it feels like to compete for my students’ attention and interests. I know that if my students do not have a genuine interest in what they’re learning, the learning … Continue reading 8 Snooze-Proof Tricks You Can’t Afford to Teach Without!
#MathMomentsYou can take the math teacher to the National Championship, but you can't take the math-mind out of the teacher! Last week, I detailed my amazing trip to the National Championship with fellow teachers of the year from around the country. The itinerary was packed with activities, and I was pleased that a number of … Continue reading Math at the Aquarium
“I have the smartest class in the whole school!” One of the hardest changes I have had to make when transitioning to a growth-minded classroom was changing how I praise my students. Although it seems counterintuitive, telling my students they are “smart” can actually harm their performance and instill a fixed mindset. Instead, if I … Continue reading New Mindset – Part 4: Praise Effort
Sports enthusiasts have called it the game of the century. I call it the chance of a lifetime! Being a part of the National Championship game and all the events surrounding it only added to this year's extraordinary experiences. The 2017 Florida finalists and I joined 2016 state teachers of the year from around the … Continue reading The National Championship Experience
Our class motto is “Mistakes help me improve!” Students want to share how they fumbled just as much as they want to share the correct answer with the class. It doesn’t happen overnight, but students need to see that their teacher won’t just dismiss their mistakes while they cringe with embarrassment. Rather, consistently make it … Continue reading New Mindset – Part 3: Value Mistakes
“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison A mindset shift has its roots in the words we speak and the phrases we believe. The foundation of any growth-minded classroom should be comprised in a paradigm shift made evident in the conversations heard in our classroom. When visitors walk … Continue reading New Mindset – Part 2: Changing Classroom Phrases
One of the best things about living near Orlando is that we are less than an hour away from Disney World. Regardless of the trip length, Rayni always brings items with her to play with in the car. I noticed that on this trip, she had brought along a small, sticky note-filled notebook that I … Continue reading Sticky Note Math
Did you know that out of the 45% of Americans who actually make New Year's resolutions, only 8% find themselves successful in achieving their goals? How can such a large amount of people who start off so fervent in their new declarations lose their determination to see their decisions through? I believe it has more … Continue reading New Year, New Mindset – Part 1