## Blog #196 – INVITING STUDENTS TO A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

The greatest satisfaction that I get from teaching is derived when I invite students to join me in a journey of discovery. As often as I can, I attempt to develop a lesson in such a way that I introduce basic concepts initially and then ask students to assist me in finding a solu...

## Blog #194 – A DECISION AT 6 YEARS OLD THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

This morning I started thinking of when I decided to become a teacher of mathematics, I was 6 years old. While in school, I remember how quickly I completed all of my math schoolwork in the classroom. After completing my schoolwork, I enjoyed walking around and helping other stud...

## Blog #193 – TEACHING PARENTS HOW TO HELP THEIR CHILDREN SUCCEED

Through the years I have devoted a lot of my time teaching parents how to help their children succeed. During those times I tell them how I measure success. I measure success by two rules that I have followed all of my life. Doing things that you enjoy and always working at doing...

## Blog #192 – NUMBER SENSE’S POSITIVE IMPACT IN TEACHING MATHEMATICS

Teachers and parents need to be aware of how knowledge of number sense shortcuts could not only motivate a love of learning mathematics, but impact problems you encounter in real life. Let me illustrate some examples. Example 1: When multiplying a number ending in 5 with an even...

## Blog #191 – IMPORTANCE OF CHECKING MATH SOLUTIONS

Both teachers and parents need to teach their students or children how to check solutions to the mathematics problems that they solve. Checking solutions gives student additional practice in solving mathematics problems. Checking solutions on independent study assignments and tes...

## Blog #190 – ROLE OF MEMORIZATION IN LEARNING

When I was young, memorization was a big part of every teacher’s tools for instruction. In recent years the emphasis on memorization has been drastically reduced. I think that there is a place in learning for memorization. Memorization requires focus. Memorization requires comm...

## Blog #189 – MINIMIZING THE TIME SPENT TURNING YOUR BACK IN THE CLASSROOM

During lectures in a traditional classroom (teacher in the front of a group of students), teachers should minimize the time spent turning their back on the students. Eye contact is very important. Students will remain more focused when you make eye contact with them. When facing ...

## Blog #187 – DEVELOPING A ROUTINE

Whether you are a mathematics teacher or a mathematics coach, it is important that you develop a routine. Your students will respond more favorably to whatever you teach, if they know what to expect. In teaching, I used to begin every lesson with a quick review of lessons present...

## Blog #186 – IMPORTANCE OF DISCIPLINE IN LEARNING

Any teacher that seeks to be successful in the classroom must incorporate good discipline habits for their students. From the very first day of class, students need to be aware of what type of behavior you expect in the classroom. A teacher needs to model the same behavior that t...

## Blog #185 – TEACHING PARENTS HOW TO HELP THEIR CHILDREN SUCCEED

Through the years I have devoted a lot of my time teaching parents how to help their children succeed. During those times I tell them how I measure success. I measure success by two rules that I have followed all of my life. Doing things that you enjoy and always working at doing...