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10 New Year’s Resolutions for the Math Classroom December 31, 2014

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1. praise effort, not correct answers
2. make sure my students know their intelligence is not fixed: hard work pays off
3. make my classroom a safe place for students to take risks
4. encourage students to take risks
5. give my students rich problems that require they engage in problem solving
6. build a class repertoire of strategies
7. have “thinking tools” handy
8. give regular attention to basic facts (for students who do not know them)
9. give students lots of opportunity to talk to each other when solving problems
10. support math vocabulary learning with a word wall chart

Mathematically yours,



2 Responses to “10 New Year’s Resolutions for the Math Classroom”

  1. Hello! If I had to sum up 10 things that I got from the presentation you did at Muheim…this would be it. I am going to print this out and put it on our staff room whiteboard! Not sure I see too many problems being solved yet at our school and I would love to see more of it. I do have one quick question though. You mentioned a math book on Centers building when you were at our school. I do not have the name of the book. Do you remember which book you would recommend if someone wanted to build math centers (I remember it was an Eng teacher and you were skeptical of its content until you actually read it). I also hear that the province is shifting from CR4YR to something numeracy-based. I am looking forward to seeing what that will bring. Thank you, and Happy New Year! -Amanda ________________________________________

    • Thanks for the great comment, Amanda! The book I referred to is “Math Work Stations” by Debbie Diller. Send me a pic of the resolutions on your staff board, and I will post that! Happy New Year to you and the staff at Muheim!

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