Homework Help

Homework is a (regrettable) part of life. But math class is the ideal place to train our students for the inevitable frustration. It turns out, these are transferrable skills that they can use whenever they’re up against something tough on their own.

During the first day or two of class we brainstorm healthy and effective ways to cope with being stuck and frustrated. The following is a compilation of some of my students’ best ideas. (These are good for test anxiety, too.)

This Transformations Foldable is a great, portable set of notes to access at home.

Why I Love Standards-Based Grading

Standards-based grading alters the whole purpose of practice work and removes the shroud of mystery from the dreaded math test. It’s a game changer!

Math is Figureoutable!

The very idea that we already know what we need to solve a tough problem can instill confidence right from the start!

Attitudes (Mistakes are our friends II)

If we want to change how our students feel about mistakes, our classroom has to be a safe place to make them.

Is Math Class a Bully?

What’s it like to have a bully in your life?
Being repeatedly shamed and humiliated. Feeling powerless to make it better. Dreading school…  

Mistakes are our friends!

Making mistakes is the very process of learning! It doesn’t make us stupid, it makes us smart!