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Lesson 11: Discussion Prompt
Posted by Jon on May 1, 2019 at 11:36 amWhat are three (3) things you want your students to remember about your math class 5 years from now?
Deb Fagan replied 4 weeks ago 70 Members · 78 Replies 
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The relevance of math in everyday life
You learn most from making mistakes
Multiple ways to arrive at the correct answer

1. There is more than one way to solve a problem
2. Math is patterns
3. Being good at math does not mean you are a human calculator!


1) Math makes sense – it’s not just a set of rules
2) There are many ways to solve problems
3) It’s OK (and good) to try things different ways.

1) Math is a fun class.
2) Math is more about the process and thinking than about an answer
3) I can do math and it is for my benefit
 This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by Stephanie Pritchett.

1. Appreciate that math is all around us, every day.
2. There isn’t just one way to think about a problem, math or otherwise.
3. Mistakes and misconceptions are opportunities to learn, not final defeats that define you as a “failure”.

1. A time when they helped someone else
2. A time when they were helped by someone else
3. A time where they didn’t want class to be over.

1. A time that they were challenged by a problem and solved it through collaboration and perseverance.
2. A time when they overcome a challenge
3. A time when they realized something or made a connection that blew their mind away!

1. It’s ok to make a mistake, it doesn’t mean you are stupid or bad at math
2. A feeling of being accepted no matter where their math ability is
3. I cared about them

Love these. Wonder how we could be more intentional to ensure students get that message?


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2. Mistakes are opportunities.
3. It can be helpful to collaborate throughout the problemsolving process (regarding math problems, social problems, life problems, etc).
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Attached is a screenshot from my template of the top three things I want students to remember.
 This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by Tarini Arte.

Great goals here Tarini! Now we’ll push forward to help kids realize these goals!

1. Math was fun to learn.
2. How to problem solve (CUBES/UPS Check).
3. My teacher had faith in my ability. Mrs. Haught always said that I might not know it yet, but I will one day.

I think #3 here is so important and often overlooked!


1) Have a full understanding of any problem before you attempt to solve it.
2) Do your best in everything you do
3) Knowing that they did actually learn a lot!


I want students to see themselves in math. It is personally relevant to them (they recognize that they can use math as a tool for social change)

I want them to be able to transfer and see the connectedness of things

I want them to feel they learned to have efficacy and agency and to take risks and not fear mistakes.


1: Struggling is a part of learning and a normal barrier that everyone faces in learning new mathematical and nonmathematical concepts.
2: Solving problems is all about mindset. Perseverance is a greater factor in success than any other. This too applies to everything that we do in our lives now and in the future.
3: Mathematics is connected to and represents the world around us, itâ€™s an elaborate toolbox that can be used to help us interpret, organize and predict infinitely many aspects of our lives.

1. That they can figure out a lot of things they don’t understand by referencing what they do understand.
2. They should be proud to take time to think…and ask other people politely for the time they need.
3. Math actually means something!

1. It’s okay to make mistakes
2. Math is FUN!
3. To be able to use math in the grocery store!

1. How to work with integers.
2. That they learned how to be successful at least in some part of math that they struggled with before.
3. That they only way to really learn is to make mistakes.

1. I want my students to see that Math connects to every day life. Math is everywhere!
2. I want my students to understand that making mistakes is part of the fun of learning math.
3. I want my students to be more confident and comfortable in Math.

1. We ca have fun in math class.
2. Everyone can do math.
3. Math is accessible to all students.

How to use place value, rounding, reducing fractions.

1) They felt confident
2) They enjoyed some parts
3) It challenged them but they didn’t quit

They are loved. They can use critical thinking skills. Math can be fun.

1. They believe they can be a problem solver or in their words, good at math.
2. The derivative is a slope of a tangent line.
3. They will remember the hands on activities we did to relate the math to real world.

1. That Math is not just a set of rules to memorize. That there are connections to be made.
2. Trial and Error is part of math.
3. Math can be very intuitive, processing and thinking things through is necessary.

1. How to problems solve and find information in an informative world,
2. Building confidence in the ability to reason.
3. It’s not about the content, its about the approach to learning in my class.

1. Not everything we learn in math needs to apply to the real world, but that math is like a beautiful puzzle
2. The power of learning concepts, rather than memorization.
3. That although challenging, math was something they persevered through.

1) Mistakes are how we learn
2) Solving problems is thinking about the information we have and looking at it from different angles
3) Math is everywhere

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It was about the journey not the destination. What your answer was isn’t as important as how you found your answer.
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1. Math is not about the answer it is about the process
2. I would like them to remember the feeling of making a new connection after they’ve struggled through a problem
3. Mistakes can help you learn!

 Math is useful in everyday life
 Feeling proud after completing a difficult task or mastering a difficult skill
 (at least) one time where they felt like the smartest kid in the class

1That Mrs. Clark loved them unconditionally and wanted them to succeed every day, and had faith that they would!
2That all math is figureoutable and isn’t just a trick that they have to uncover and remember to be successful–they CAN be good at math.
3We were a different environment. I want them to remember how out of the norm we were, how “radical”, how it wasn’t just another “sit and listen” when listening was hard enough in the middle of the day.

1. That math concepts are connected, not siloed.
2. That math is about sense making, not rules
3. That they are a mathematician (a problem solver, risk taker, scientist)

1 it is fun to make a model in your head of how a situation works and then test it, to see if it stands in a similar situation
2 that when I realise it doesn’t work, it does not mean I am a failure as a person, but be challenged to try something different
3 the joy of seeing that it works!!

Logic and problem solving
Breaking down a problem
Confidence to try to solve a problem

1 Value the vision of others (be openminded). What you have to say is important (communication).
2 Math class is a fun and safe place to learn.
3 Math is about relationships.

– How math makes solving reallife situations possible
– Math is fun AND it does relate to my life
– Math makes sense!

In five years, I want my students to remember that:
[1] their voice [thinking] was encouraged and honored in our classroom,
[2] they learned something [anything] in our classroom, and
[3] they enjoyed the process of learning in our classroom.

1) Reallife applications like tax, tip, and discount
2) Enough number sense to figure out mathrelated problems they encounter at work or at home
3) Perseverance through difficult tasks!

1. Confidence that they have skills to problemsolve.
2. Able to connect to realworld applications of mathematics.
3. Perseverance in problemsolving (and a bit of fun, too!).

We’re loving reading these and I get a sense you all feel that math is about connections:
Connections among the strands, connections among our beliefs towards mathematics, connections to reallife, and connections to our future feelings toward the subject. 
1) Math is fun and you can do it.
2) Keep trying and not giving up.
3) Math is not about memorizing. It is about understanding.
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1) Math is used in everyday living.
2) There is more than one way to solve a problem.
3) If one way doesn’t work try another. (Don’t give up)

1. An enjoyable experience
2, Math is relevant to everyday life
3. That they were understood and appreciated

1. There is more than 1 way to solve a problem
2. Math is patterns
3. Being good at math doesn’t mean you are a human calculator.

1. Math concepts are interconnected. The more connections students see, the more tools they will have in their toolbox to solve problems!
2. There is always more than one way to solve a “math problem”.
3. Students will learn more about math from the mistakes they will make than from memorizing algorithms, rules & procedures.

1. How to be a resilient problem solver in the face of challenge or adversity
2. How to communicate their thinking to others and to listen to others who share their thinking
3. Maintaining a positive attitude toward mathematics and the challenges that come with it

1. Math is fun
2. You can make mistakes and start again
3. Everything around us is related to math

Math is doable
Math can help make sense of the world around us
Math is interesting and fun to use

1. There are different ways to solve problems.
2. Math is open and can be fun.
3. Anyone that is willing to try, can learn and do math successfully.

1. Be able to apply to the math to problems outside of a math class
2. How to work through problems they don’t know how to do at first
3. Math is based on patterns.

1. Math is fun!
2. Making mistakes is part of learning.
3. There are many ways to problem solve and the process is more important than the final answer.

I’d love my students to remember some fun project that made a difference; in other words it had relevance. I want them to remember that it was fun! I want them to remember what they learned, and I hope it helped them learn to LOVE MATH!

Working hard feels really good!
We all think differently and that’s okay.
We do not all work at the same speed.

I want my students to remember a time that they persevered and kept trying even though the work was challenging. Also, I’d like them to remember an experience from class when they applied mathematics in a way that felt relevant or interesting to them. And, ideally, I’d like all students to have a memory of a time when something just “clicked” and suddenly made sense (because that is a wonderful feeling to experience).

1. Math is fun and that they want to be there.
2. Math is not to be tricky, there is a strategy for learning.
3. There are different strategies for different learners, so if they can’t understand one, not to be discouraged and look for another.

1. That math is a puzzle they can solve. Find what they know and make connections.
2. That they may not be good at it yet, but if they try, they are one step closer to getting it.
3. Use the goal to understand the details.

1. Everyone is a mathematician. You can do math, maybe not yet, but don’t give up. Believe in yourself as I believe in you.
2. It is ok to make mistakes as that is how we learn best.
3. Math is everywhere in life.

I want my students to remember feeling that I cared about them, that they know they can do hard things, and that they remember feeling proud of themselves (hopefully when something was difficult and they persevered through).

1. I want my students to enjoy math and think it is fun.
2. The two concepts I want them to develop a really foundational understanding of are division and fractions. I want them to be able to look back and remember how clearly they understood those concepts.
3. I want them to understand how to develop a strategy and work through a word problem.

math is everywhere
math doesnt have to be hard
everyone can be a math person

1. Everyone can do math!
2. Problem solving should be fun. Enjoy the unknown and start with what you know.
3. Math is everywhere, in everything!

1. the connectivity between big ideas
2. that math is a language to describe the world around us
3. that math is much more than just arithmetic

1. Anyone can learn math.
2. Math is the study of patterns.
3. Math is ubiquitous.

that they can be a problem solver.
That math is about patterns and connections.
That it doesn’t matter when they get there, but that they get there.

I would like them to remember that math is about finding patterns and relationships; it is about persevering through all kinds of tough problems; and I hope they will make connections to what we did in my class to what they are currently working on. (AND it can be fun!)

1) Math is not about memorization or rote learning. It is about logic and thinking through things.
2) Math can be for everyone with the right attitude of the student and teacher.
3) In Algebra there is a continuum of functions that have lots of connections to each other and make wonderful patterns.

1. Math is about a problem solving thought process that can be appleid to multiple situations.
2. Math isn’t scary and all students can find success in math.
3. Math is applicable to their lives, no matter what age they may be.

Good math skills help students to link with real life activities. I love to read the valuable information.

1) They learned how to and were successful problem solvers.
2) How to collaborate and share ideas to enhance/extend their thinking.
3) Challenging problems are fun and require work–and that’s good!

Susan I like your 3 remembers. I am a math special ed teacher and I relate!

They have a strategy to reduce their math anxiety.
How to know what a question is truly asking, and to ask, “Does my answer make sense?”
Just working on a problem helps my brain grow, so it is worth it.

These are great ideas. I especially like the idea of failing forward. Helping students understand that challenge is positive and struggle is worthwhile is a great cultural norm to build in your classroom!