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T-Minus Twenty

T-Minus twenty days.

Including today there are twenty days of school left in the 2016-2017 school year. The need for a break in the action is showing on students and teachers alike.

Yesterday I was sitting at my desk during my prep period, trying to muster up enough energy to grade some papers that had been piling up and looking for a little motivation to keep me going. During this moment of soul-searching my gaze found the small posters of math quotes that I asked my students to make the first day of the trimester.

The assignment I had given the students that day was to find one positive math quote that spoke to them. Something that they could hold onto this trimester and look at when they needed a little inspiration. I had read through all of them when they turned them in and then hung them on the wall, but I hadn’t really looked at them since that time.

Yesterday I realized just how glad I was to have students who took that assignment seriously and really looked for quotes that were math related, positive, and inspirational. I’m going to share some of my favorites with you because you might need a little math motivation too!

If you’re a teacher, a student, or a parent of a child in a math class I’m sure we can all use a little end of the year pick-me-up!

Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms. Its about understanding! - William Thurston

 

Even the hardest puzzles have a solution.

My students know that I value perseverance over a quickly achieved correct answer and seem to have embraced that as a norm.

Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. - Robert Collier

 

Math is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.

Some days I wonder if they listen to anything I say, but then I see quotes like these and I know they’ve heard some of the things.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them. - Albert Einstein

 

A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new. - Albert Einstein

Not all the quotes were specifically math related but they were all related to thinking, persevering, and learning from mistakes.

At the end of the year my students may not all know how to write a quadratic equation. They may not know how to find a linear regression formula to fit a scatter plot. They may not know how to find the height of a building using trigonometry. But, hopefully, at least most of them will know that math is more than just memorizing equations and getting right answers. I hope they leave my room with a little more confidence in their academic abilities. I hope they leave with a more positive outlook on math in general.

So here is my motivation for the last four weeks of the year:

All of my students deserve the best educational experience I can give them. My best might be different for each student. My best might be different depending on the day and how I feel. But I know I can’t take the easy route just because we’re all counting down the days. There is still teaching and learning to be had!

T-minus twenty days to (hopefully) reach one more kid. We have T-minus twenty days to try some new strategies. T-minus twenty days to make a difference in someone’s academic career.

T-minus twenty days. Let’s do this!


If my post or one of my students’ quotes inspired you or gave you a little motivation to finish strong this school year tell me about it in the comments!

If you’re still looking for that little push you need tell me that too! I love to hear from my readers!


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#Thoughtful Thursday Week 6: Faith

 

Faith
/fāTH/

noun

  1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
  2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

 

The past few weeks have been pretty emotionally tiring here at the Math Lovin’ household. Life has given us a whole bag of lemons and some days it’s been hard to find the sugar to make the lemonade.

I’ve been trying to keep the faith. Faith in myself to be able to do what needs to be done no matter where this crazy life takes us. Faith in God, I know he has a plan but I’d really like a preview to the next steps. Faith that everything happens for a reason, even if I have no earthly idea what that reason could be.

Because, you gotta have faith… (Cue George Michael)

 

Our first quote, from J.R.R. Tolkein:

#ThoughtfulThursday Week 6: Faith (Tolkein)

I like this quote because I think it’s a simple reminder that keeping your faith is hardest during life’s challenges. If life was always a walk in the park it would be easy to forget about all of the things I have for which to be thankful.

Our second quote this week is from Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel:

#ThoughtfulThursday Week 6: Faith - Elie Wiesel

This particular quote hits home mostly because of who said it. If a Holocaust survivor can live his life with a faith that strong there isn’t much that could possibly happen in my life that could ever compare to what he experienced. I also like this quote because it reminds me that it’s okay to be angry and frustrated with the hand I’ve been dealt, but I have to use those feelings to strengthen my faith.

Our last quote this week is from Martin Luther King Jr.:

#ThoughtfulThursday Week 6: Faith - Martin Luther King Jr.

This quote is my motivation to make the first step toward whatever may come next even though I have no idea where or what the next step might be. Life goes on, things don’t slow down, and your responsibilities don’t disappear when things don’t go the way you planned.

When life hands you lemons you just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on.

Because….

You gotta have faith!

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#ThoughtfulThursday Week 5: Mothers

I’m sure you all know that Mother’s Day will soon be upon us once more. This year my Mother’s Day will be different than it has been in the past because now I’m also a mother.

I’m celebrating being a mother. I’m celebrating all the wonderful things my mother has done for me and my family. I’m celebrating the way my mother-in-law raised my husband, because without him I don’t think I would be the kind of mother that I am. I’m celebrating having two loving grandmothers who were around to help instill their values in me and that they are still here to love on my little girl.

Today we celebrate mothers.

I decided to share some quotes about mothers a little before Mother’s Day so that all you crafty, Pinteresting people out there that might want a nice quote for a project still have plenty of time before the big day is here!

So, without further ado…

Mother - Agatha ChristieI love this quote.

There really is nothing like the love of a mother for her children. I can attest to this sentiment, there is truly nothing I would not do for my daughter.

She is my motivation.

Mother - Tina FeyTruer words were never spoken.

Never in my life have I been as happy as I have been the last 18 months of my life. (Through pregnancy and now 9 months with our Dragonling. ) However, I cannot remember a time I was this tired…

Seriously, not even in college.

Mother -Gyllenhaal Being a mom is hard.

It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had.

Why are there so many mothers criticizing other mothers? Why aren’t we more supportive of other women in the same shoes as we? What do we think we’re going to accomplish by putting down someone else who probably just needs a little support?

Next time you see a mother out with her kids and struggling in some way be supportive. Tell her she’s doing a good job.

Don’t tell her how you would handle it if they were your kids.
Don’t tell her what she should be doing differently.
Don’t make a stressful situation more stressful.

Just let her know that you believe in her.

Mother - WildeI couldn’t have said it better myself.

mathlovinmama-1Motherhood is the great equalizer.

It doesn’t matter where a child is from, what they’ve been through in their life, or if you agree with the lifestyle they’ve been raised with… When a child is hurting, every mother hurts. When a child is in need, every mother wants to fulfill that need. When a child is in danger, every mother wants to bring them to safety.

Mothers are one of the most precious commodities our world has to offer. We should appreciate them more often.

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This week I found my quotes using the Mother’s Day quote finder from ProFlowers. The quote finder features 80 quotes from famous people about mothers. It was really hard to pick the best ones, and obviously I couldn’t put all 80 in this post so you should definitely go check it out for yourself! It might just have the perfect line for inside your Mother’s Day card. (And send Mom some flowers while you’re there. 😉 )

Quote artwork courtesy of ProFlowers.

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What are you celebrating this Mother’s Day? I’d love to hear some of your favorite memories of you mothers!

 

 

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Verse of the Day: April 30, 2015

Mt11.25

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children.”
-Matthew 11:35

 

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Verse of the Day: April 29, 2015

Mt5.12

Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward is great in heaven,
for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:12

 

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Verse of the Day: April 28, 2015

Da4.11-12

The tree grew and became strong,
and its top reached to heaven,
and it was visible to the end of the whole earth.
Its leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant,
and in it was food for all.
The beasts of the field found shade under it,
and the birds of the heavens lived in its branches,
and all flesh was fed from it.

Daniel 4:11-12

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Verse of the Day: April 27, 2015

Is43.4

Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.
Isaiah 43:4

Verse of the Day: April 26, 2015

Psalm 22.2-3

Oh my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. – Psalm 22:2-3





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Verse of the Day: April 25, 2015

David 11:32

He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant,
but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.

– Daniel 11:32

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#Thoughtful Thursday Week 4: Optimism

Optimism – /ˈäptəˌmizəm/

Noun

  1. Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.
  2. PHILOSOPHY: The doctrine, especially as set forth by Leibniz, that this world is the best of all possible worlds.

It has been a stressful few days here at the Math Lovin’ household, so this week’s theme is going to be optimism.

For some people optimism comes easily and for others it’s a struggle to move past the reality of a tough situation to see the positive. Personally, I can fall into either group depending on the day. I consider myself a realist, erring on the side of optimistic but this week it has been hard to stay to that side of the spectrum. I definitely needed some inspiration to get me through the week.

Here are a couple quotes that have kept me going this week:

We must return optimism to our parenting

Dragonling has had a rough week. She’s been having tummy issues as well as teething.
I keep thinking one morning she will just wake up with a full set of teeth ready for some steak. Seriously… any day now would be great.

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism

I think the first sentence of this one is what got me. I can be hopeful without being optimistic, and I can have optimism without hope. I prefer to be hopeful as well as optimistic, but I think it’s important to realize that one can exist without the other.

I think that about wraps up this week. Be sure to join me again next week for a special Mother’s Day edition of #ThoughtfulThursday. (Yes I know it’s not Mother’s Day yet, but maybe some of you Pinterest savvy folks needs a cute quote for project!?)

 

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