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

Students will only unlearn helplessness when teachers relearn helpfulness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student empowerment involves choices other than compliance and punishment.

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


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