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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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Learning to Multiply with Multibandz™

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Learning to Multiply with Multibandz

Do you have kids that are trying to learn the basic multiplication tables? 

Are you looking for a way to motivate your children to learn those important facts?

Look no more! Multibandz™ is for you.

Seriously, these are great! It combines the trend of the colorful silicone bracelets with the, perhaps less trendy, need to learn basic multiplication facts.

The Idea:

Give your child one band at a time, starting with the ones times table. As your child masters each new table, reward them with the bracelet matching the next table.

Multibandz™ are designed as a milestone reward system to keep children interested in the learning process. As an added bonus, once your child masters the one through five tables, the bands matching the x6, x7, x8, x9, and x10 tables glow in the dark. 

That’s right. They GLOW! 

Who doesn’t love glow-in-the-dark. I know some adults who might be persuaded to reacquaint themselves with their times tables for glow-in-the-dark jewelry. 

When your child gets to the x11 table they are awarded with a silver band and the x12 band is gold. What a great way to encourage your kids to go for the gold!

My Thoughts:

As a Math teacher I think this is a fantastic idea. Anything that might help get kids excited about learning Math is a great idea in my book. 

Something that will encourage kids to learn and retain basic math facts? 
That’s an even better idea.

As a high school teacher, it’s scary to see the number of kids that come into my classroom who don’t know the basic skills. They don’t remember their times tables, they can’t do simple division without a calculator. 

I think we need more ideas like Multibandz™ to get kids excited about mathematics.

Maybe some unit circle bands and trigonometric identity bands for high school trigonometry and calculus students? Or bands that help kids memorize equations for area? The possibilities are really endless. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

 Where Can You Get Multibandz™

Multibandz™ are available at Multibandz.com. The company is based in Austrailia but ships worldwide. Bulk buying options are available for schools and teachers who might be interested in using them in their curriculum.

For more information you can contact Multibandz™ at info@multibandz.com.

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