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Out With the Old??

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Wow, I can’t believe it has been so long since I last posted something. I have recently started getting back into reading blogs and getting really excited about all of the great math teaching that is going on out there. I am dedicating myself to write one blog post a week until the New Year. Here goes number one….”

I have recently come to the conclusion that some people are never going to change the way they teach. Standards may change, district goals may change, curricula may change…they will still teach basically the same stuff the same way that they always have. Usually, they teach it the same way they learned it in school. I do NOT claim to be an expert, but I do know that I challenge my students to think. I try new things all of the time. I get really excited when I find a new and engaging way to teach something. My students get frustrated because I refuse to give them the answer. I implore my students to find the joy in the process and not just getting the right answer. I believe that anyone can learn mathematics, but some students lack the perseverance and dedication to even try. I wake up in the middle of the night trying to figure out new ways to connect to these students. And this is the reason that I get frustrated with the teachers who stand in front of the class and lecture the same notes, the same way that they did last year…and the year before that. Sure, they may provide “guided notes”…and do review games of some sort or another occasionally, but the actual instruction is the same as it has always been. This is also the reason, however, that I am back on here. I am back on here so that I hold myself responsible to my blogging community to keep creating lessons in which my students are challenged to think; to actually do math. Furthermore, I am here to get inspired (and to steal ideas) from the amazing teachers that I follow on here. I can’t wait!