"[I] take a step back if I'm getting confused."
"I ... learned that asking for a little help... can make a HUGE difference."
"If I always use a calculator ... I will never learn to do it on my own."
If you give a student a platform, they're probably going to use it.
This year, in addition to my weekly Problem of the Week challenge problems, I've been giving students the chance to reflect on their past work to see how they can improve in the future. Specifically, I ask students to write a few sentences about a time they had an insight into a problem and what helped them have this insight. My students shared some of their secrets to success:
If you give a student a platform, they may exceed your expectations.
I started this blog to share my transformation from math nerd to math nerd who loves to share math with young people. I teach high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Your comments are always welcome.