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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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Mother’s Day Giveaway Hop: May 1st – 15th



Welcome to the 2015 Mother’s Day Giveaway Hop! 

We have over 40 amazing bloggers who have come together to bring you the opportunity to win 40+ awesome prizes ranging from $20 – $200!

I’m not a Co-Host this time, but check out the fabulous Math Lovin’ Mother’s Day Prize Pack, worth over $200! Scroll down to see what’s in the prize pack and find the entry form at the bottom of the post!

Happy Mother’s Day and Good luck!
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The 2015 Mother’s Day Giveaway Hop will end on May 15th, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

Each participating blogger will be hosting a giveaway for a prize with a minimum value of $20. Each giveaway is exclusive to this event and will include the linky so that you can easily hop from one giveaway to the next. Enter as many giveaways as you would like to! 

Be sure to come back and visit daily for additional entry options! 
Each blogger is responsible for their own giveaway. Social Exposure PR, Co-Hosts and participating blogs are not responsible for each individual giveaway. If you have questions regarding a specific giveaway please contact that blogger directly. Each giveaway will have their own terms and conditions and, requirements for entering. 

Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and other social media sites are not affiliated with or responsible for this event or any of the giveaways associated. 


The prize package from The Math Lovin’ Momma and Sponsors will include:

One (1) Jewelry in Candles Tart
from Jewelry in Candles with Katrina P (ARV $16.00)

Winner will get to choose scent and type of jewelry.
(Excludes layer candles and limited edition.)

Shope HERE and use the code MayFlowers at checkout to receive 10% off your order. 

One (1) Family Tree Art Print
from AJCreations12 (ARV $8.00)

Family Tree Art Print This is a digital file that will be personalized and emailed to the winner.

One (1) Custom Initial Monogram Keyring
from Babymoon Boutique (ARV $10.00)

Custom Initial Monogram Keyring - Babymoon Boutique

One (1) Audrey Hepburn Sweatshirt
from MONOFACES (ARV $55.00)

Audrey Hepburn Sweatshirt

One (1) Mini Flower Pot Earring Holder
with Three (3) Pairs of Rose Earrings
from Queen Bees Jewelry ‘n Things (ARV $30)

Mini Flower Pot Earring Set

One (1) Kitchen Clean Hands Specialty Soap and One (1) Natural Deodorant (Sparkling Meadows)
from My Body Utopia (ARV $13.00)

 My Garden Utopia Deoderan

One (1) Dot Skinny
from Color by Amber (ARV $10)

Dot Skinny

One (1) $10.00 Gift Certificate to TATaGIRL Jewelry
from TATaGIRL Jewelry (ARV $10.00)

 

 

One (1) Blue Bead Flower Pendent Necklace and
One (1) Fluffy Blue Scarf
from Surprise Designs (ARV $33.00)

Blue Bead Flower PendantFluffy Blue Scarf

One (1) Zippered Pouch with Make-up Bag from
Creative Designs by Cristal (ARV $29.00)

Zipper Pouch with Make-up Bag

 

 

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Now, for even more awesome prizes, be sure to hop on over to some of the giveaways listed below!