5 Things I Learned in 2016/2017

  1.  When you want to write a blog do it.  Don’t wait because it seems too soon since the last post.  Go with the excitement of why you started to blog in the first place. Proof- here I am with only post #3. Oh, yeah, remember to tell people you blogged.
  2. Recreating a classroom takes a lot of time and it’s ok to do it in a way that makes sense to you, see #4.  I thought I knew it would take a lot of time but now ‘a lot of time’ has a new meaning.  Researching, collaborating, rewriting, communicating to staff, parents, reflecting, posting work, keeping it current all take time.
  3. Success doesn’t always look like what you expected.  Classes develop personalities.  Allowing the noisy class to be noisy when it is because of enthusiastic engagement is just acceptable as allowing the quiet class to be so.  And, don’t be afraid to try it someone else’s way.
  4. Take care of yourself.  If you don’t sleep your student’s might, right through your class. ; ).
  5. When presenting start with the student work, let teachers try it.  Thank you to the many people who came to MCTM in Duluth this spring and stayed through our presentation.   The reviews were helpful and the above statement came from you.  Also, thanks to many of the excellent presenters from whom I glean so many helpful ideas.

This summer’s goal is to go back to topics I wanted to blog about:  why I washed warm ups out of my room,  what helped to create mathematical discourse, how I survived the last month of school, and changes for next year.

Happy Summer Everyone!

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