It’s natural to celebrate accomplishment in the classroom, but I also make sure we
celebrate improvement. Especially for students who have historically struggled in
math, it is important to acknowledge their growth. I also work very hard to find
time outside of class to help students when they feel that they need a little extra
help. As important as this time is for helping them master a particular concept,
it is equally important as a way to show them that I want them to succeed, show them
that I am willing to help them in any way that I can, and praise their willingness
to seek help when they need it.
Math is difficult for a lot of students, but I hope that through my classroom structure
students will learn to work together, realize that we all make mistakes and mistakes
are part of the learning process and learn to think through problems.