I stumbled upon a blog post (read as: I fell down the rabbit hole of math teacher blogs today) and thought that creating a similar blog would be super helpful!
- Greet every student by name, everyday. I want to say each student's name out loud each day. There's something about being directly spoken to. I'd like to think I do this regularly, but I'm afraid there are some students that might not have their name said by their teacher each time they see them.
- Use sites like Estimation 180 and Which One Doesn't Belong? to get kids talking about math (possibly as warm-ups?)
- Create a culture where students aren't afraid of making mistakes in class. (Think of the clip "Making mistakes makes us smarter.")
- Make the classroom more cozy. It needs posters, etc!
- I want to revive my positive notes. In the past, I used to make it a point to give a student a positive note each day. One student per day (or sometimes all five on a Friday because that's when I had time for it.) I'd love to have the positive focus be on their perseverance in math, etc., but I am also happy just giving them some positive feedback for anything I noticed throughout the week. This not only makes the students feel good - it really made me feel good too!
- I'm using a brand new curriculum in Geometry this year - and it's fully Problem-Based. So I want to keep improving in my teaching practice where this is concerned (this is probably WAY to general to get a bullet point, but important for me to think about!)
- My school is using Canvas this year. I want to use this in a way that makes sense to my students and isn't too crazy for me!
- Read more Blogs! I just signed up for Feedly, so I have a place to keep all the blogs I want to follow (though I'm looking for more!)
- Tweet! Join #slowmathchat more often. Attend Global Math Department Tuesday meetings when relevant.