The issue and numerous questions surrounding homework assignments always plagued me as a teacher. I tried many different approaches, especially as my student population changed, but I still struggled to figure out what the “right” approach was. When I was teaching disadvantaged students in a public school setting, I almost never gave them homework. I knew that for many, the home situation was rocky and their brains would not be able to engage with algebra problems once they left the school building. So instead, I worked hard to break up our classroom time by teaching or giving them a Keep Reading...

## 10 Things Every Good Mathematician Should Do

Everyone can be a mathematician. Every student can succeed at math! But not every student walks into class already knowing how to think like a mathematician, problem solve and think logically. So here is a list of ten things every student can learn to do and practice as they tackle math problems to become a better mathematician (and better problem solver!). This list is not my own, it is actually from a poster I used to have hanging in my classroom. But I did not hang this poster simply because it was cute and took up a lot of space on my otherwise bare walls (I was a high school math Keep Reading...

## The Importance of Math Vocabulary

Some of the most common errors I have seen teaching algebra occur because students simply cannot accurately "translate" words into mathematical models, or because they do not understand math "jargon" such as evaluate or simplify. I think this problem could easily be avoided, however, if one or two days were spent focusing on these skills. We cannot expect students to walk into class with a clear understanding of "math words" if they were never explicitly taught. Math is a language we must teach students, just as Spanish or French must be taught and learned. No one would expect a student to Keep Reading...

## Quadratic Equations Project (with FREE printables!)

One of the best ways to really learn something so that it sticks with you is to teach it to someone else. Giving students a project that gets them thinking through a mathematical process and allows them to express their creative side is always a win-win! The following example involves solving quadratic equations. A skill in Algebra that, while important, can very easily become boring and meaningless. And while I believe it is always helpful for students to have multiple options and methods to use for solving problems, I have seen that it can become easy for them to confuse and mix together Keep Reading...

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