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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 4: Optimism

Optimism – /ˈäptəˌmizəm/


  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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#ThoughtfulThursday: Week 3 – Family

I chose family for our topic this week for a couple reasons.

First, for me, family is the most important part of my life, aside from my faith. Family is one of the first things we have an understanding of as children. We grow up in a small, safe unit that helps to shape who we become. Every bit of who I am comes from the way I grew up within that family unit.

And second, the last two weeks my family has been in need of extra Momma time. Dragonling has been sick and is teething, and Papa Dragon was sick and is still recovering. That meant everything else got pushed off until things could get back to normal, and I wouldn’t change a thing. (Except maybe the being sick part.)

So, without further ado: Family.

Family – /ˈfam(ə)lē/

  • noun
    1. A group of parents and children living together in a household.
    2. A group of people related to each other by blood or marriage.
    3. All the descendents of a common ancestor
    4. A group of objects united by a significant shared characteristic.
    5. A group of people united in criminal activity.
    6. In Biology, a principal taxonomic category that ranks above genus and below order, usually ending in -idae or -aceae.
    7. In Mathematics, a group of curves or surfaces obtained by varying the value of a constant in the equation generating them.
  • adjective
    1. Designed to be suitable for children as well as adults.


09 You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them

Everyone has heard the expression, ‘You can’t choose your family.’ Sometimes we use it as a way to brush off the things about our family we don’t particularly like, but I think it should be used more as a way to be thankful for what we’ve been given.

Have you ever thought about what would be different if you got to choose your family?  Sure there are traits in members of our family we may not like, but think about what other things would change if you could fix those traits. Would the change you want cause another behavior or attitude to change? Could you ever engineer the perfect family?

Probably not.  Even if you did you’d never know it because eventually you’d find something you’d want to improve upon. It’s human nature.


10 In every conceivable manner, the family is a link to our past, bridge to our future.

 I think this one is pretty cut and dry. If you look at your life the only people who are there for all of it, are family. Doesn’t matter if it’s a family you were born into, or one that developed through you life in another way; family is always there.


Thoughtful Thursday: Week 1 – Welcome

Funny, insightful, and inspirational quotes have always been an interest of mine. I have note cards, post-its, and journal pads with these quotations scrawled across them all over my office.  I have since high school, when I started writing a quote in my assignment planner each week.

In an effort to share my favorites with you (and clear out some clutter) I have officially decided to make Thoughtful Thursday a weekly thing. I hope you enjoy these quotes and take time to share a few with your friends and family.

Without further ado:

Live like there is no tomorrow, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like nobody is watching.

Okay, so this one might be a little bit cliche but I think the sentiment is valid. Basically, it’s carpe diem with a few more words.


Hope is a waking dream. - Aristotle

Little known fact, I actually minored in philosophy so I have a lot of random quotes from philosophers floating around. I particularly like this one because I believe hope is a concept with which everyone can relate. Every person hopes for something. (Even if they don’t want to admit it.)


Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body. -Pythagoras

Everyone knows that strength can be measured in many ways. While it is admirable to have great physical strength, I think it is much more impressive to have strength of soul. Strength of soul is not something you can practice. It has to come from life experiences and personal growth.


Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safe place. -Ice T

I don’t really think this one needs much explanation. Without passion our society would still be living in the stone age. Nothing in the whole world was accomplished without someones hard work and dedication.

This concludes the first installment of Thoughtful Thursday.  I hope you come back next week for more quotes to get you thinking about life, love, and maybe even Star Wars.