# Blog

## Recycling Problem

## Mathematical Modeling

## Building Persistence

One thing that separates a great student from an average student, that separates a student from a teacher, is persistence.

**What do I mean by persistence?** Well... what i mean is the ability and the desire to stay with a math problem until a correct solution is reached. I think that every student can learn how to do math, how to do algorithms and formulas, how to solve for x. However what makes a student truly proficient is not the ability to do these things but the ability to solve more complex problems. The real secret is to teach your students persistence. One thing that separates a great student from an average student, that separates a student from a teacher, is persistence. What do I mean by persistence? Well… what i mean is the ability and the desire to stay with a … read more

## “The Story of 1″

## Using Let’s Practice Geometry Worksheets

## Using Data

### More useful than you think!

It seems that more and more these days education is turning to a data driven model. This trend seems to be driven by the more recent emphasis placed on high stakes testing. For good or for ill this isn't going anywhere. How can you make use of this instead of being intimidated by it. I'll tell you what I've done. More useful than you think! It seems that more and more these days education is turning to a data driven model. This trend seems to be driven by the more recent emphasis placed on high stakes testing. For good or … read more

## Mental Math Activities

### Mental Calculating

The first is direct teaching and practice of how to do everyday calculations like 27 plus 68, or 14587 times 7, or taking 37 percent of 460 etc. It sounds like students would hate this, but ify you them the tricks, they eat it up with a spoon. The absolute best book to teach them from is Secrets of Mental Math by Arthur Benjamin. You could probably find it your local chain bookstore, or definitely on amazon (just click the title). Just buy it and learn the tricks. Then, For about 5 mins each class, alternate between teaching the tricks and giving them practice. For practice I usually project about 4 problems, have them do them in their heads, and write down the answers only. Some students will try and do it with pencil and paper don't let them. At the end of every topic I give a little quiz to help keep them accountable for learning. Mental Calculating The first is direct teaching and practice of how to do everyday calculations like 27 plus 68, or 14587 times 7, or taking 37 percent of 460 etc. It sounds like students would hate this, but ify you … read more

## Grading Homework

## Grade Anxiety Cure

Okay so just about a week after I wrote the article on a technique for curing test anxiety I encountered a new student who had all the classic signs. The Student seemed very bright, capable and hardworking yet of course completely flunked the first test they took. I offered the student a bit of tutoring after school and found that in fact the students math skills were very strong, and working on the assignment was not difficult for them at all. I taught the student how to overcome Test Anxiety, The student did all that I asked, studied hard and insulted the test, but yet still received an F. Okay so just about a week after I wrote the article on a technique for curing test anxiety I encountered a new student who had all the classic signs. The Student seemed very bright, capable and hardworking yet of course … read more