Engaging Math Students in Productive Struggle

Why math practice standard #1 (make sense of problems and persevere in solving them) is so important, and how to help students achieve it.

Unlearning Learned Helplessness

Students will only unlearn helplessness when teachers unlearn helpfulness.

Bell to Bell Learning: Students' Right, Teachers' Duty

Making every minute count doesn't preclude student empowerment; it promotes it.

Pen or Pencil for Math?

Students should learn from their mistakes, not erase their mistakes.

Redirect Student Behavior With I and Why

Whether or not students cooperate with you depends on what you say and how you say it.

You Must Always May Show Your Work

Requiring students to always show their work reinforces doing math more so than knowing math.

Extrinsic Rewards Exit Strategy

Are you using rewards to the detriment of your students? Make it your new year's resolution to shift from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation.

My Biggest Regret as a Teacher: Extrinsic Rewards

Students should feel fulfilled because of what they're learning, not because of what they're earning.

Make It an Empowering Day or Not... the Choice Is Yours

Student empowerment involves choices other than compliance and punishment.

Reinforce More, Redirect Less

Reinforce desirable behavior, and you'll have less need to redirect undesirable behavior.

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