## Blog #173 – PERFORMING WELL UNDER PRESSURE

Performing well under pressure is something that all of us want to do. When I was in college I was playing in the semi-finals of a badminton tournament. I had only scored 1 point and was 1 point from elimination. Incredibly, I scored 20 straight points to win and then proceeded t...

## Blog #172 – COMMON ERRORS IN MATHEMATICS

There are numerous instances in mathematics where common errors occur. In my opinion, the most frequent in my career occurred when 0 divided a number. Division by 0 occurs in elementary mathematics, coordinate geometry (finding slope) and calculus (finding limits). Explaining why...

## Blog #171 – MIND CONTROL AND ITS IMPACT ON STUDENTS

I still remember a comment made to me by an English teacher, Mr. Hook, when I was attending Mission High School. Mr. Hook said, “Leo, you have an innate ability to get people to do what you want, but they believe that they made the decision to act.”  Incredibly, this occurre...

## #170 – CROSS TRAINING NUMBER SENSE, CALCULATOR APPLICATIONS AND MATHEMATICS

During my career, I had to prepare my students for number sense, calculator applications and mathematics. Trying to find time for all three was difficult, but I managed to do it because of the way I organized my lesson content. This became evident several months ago, when I was a...

## Blog #169 – MAXIMIZE CONTENT, MINIMIZE TIME TEACHING IT

During my teaching and coaching career, I have been told by the students in my classroom and by those I prepare for competitive mathematics that they learn many more concepts from me than from their other teachers or coaches in the same amount of time. Since I self-analyze, I hav...

## Blog #123 – OUTSTANDING MATH COACHES DEVELOP THEIR STUDENTS

An attribute that I have admired during my career is that outstanding math coaches develop their students. Early in a student’s career, each coach develops a plan for success. During this time period a student’s strengths and weaknesses are determined. Decisions are made as t...

## Blog #122 – OUTSTANDING TEACHERS CAN THINK ON THEIR FEET

Something that I admire about outstanding teachers is that they can think on their feet. This attribute is one that can be developed by teachers that prepare intensively. Prior to a lesson, teachers should have developed a plan for success. This plan for success is applicable to ...

## Blog #121 – OUTSTANDING TEACHERS ARE ALWAYS ASSESSING THEIR STUDENTS

During my career, I have observed that outstanding teachers are always assessing their students. Teachers are constantly trying to determine the strengths and weakness of each student that they teach. They do this by questioning done in the classroom, grading class work, grading...

## Blog #120 – OUTSTANDING TEACHERS ARE FAIR

In general, I believe that outstanding teachers are fair. Each student needs to be treated with respect. The remedy for each type of discipline problem needs to be the same for all students. Students need to know the consequences for misbehaving. They need to trust that a teache...

## Blog #119 – OUTSTANDING TEACHERS EMBRACE CHANGE

I agree that outstanding teachers embrace change. I believe that teachers are constantly evolving. Teachers are working to improve how they teach concepts. They have a thirst for knowledge, which drives them to research for ways to inspire learning. With the availability of the...