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  • Breanna Greer

    December 13, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    The relevance of math in everyday life

    You learn most from making mistakes

    Multiple ways to arrive at the correct answer

    • Renee Holmquist

      June 8, 2022 at 12:43 pm

      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!

  • Kerri Brodie

    January 4, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    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.

  • Stephanie Pritchett

    January 15, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    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

  • Stephen Levesque

    January 26, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    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”.

    • Kyle Pearce

      January 27, 2022 at 6:56 am

      Awesome reflections here. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jonathan Lind

    January 29, 2022 at 8:46 am

    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.

  • Lizann “Lizzie” Herrera

    January 29, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    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!

  • Katrina van Lierop

    January 30, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    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

    • Kyle Pearce

      January 31, 2022 at 7:05 am

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

  • Kati Bayer

    February 1, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    1. There are many ways to think about and approach a problem (math or otherwise).<div>

    2. Mistakes are opportunities.

    3. It can be helpful to collaborate throughout the problem-solving process (regarding math problems, social problems, life problems, etc).


  • Tarini Arte

    February 5, 2022 at 2:43 am

    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.
    • Jon

      February 5, 2022 at 8:46 am

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

  • Carolyn Haught

    February 5, 2022 at 10:21 am

    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.

    • Jon

      February 17, 2022 at 1:22 pm

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

  • Fernando Perez

    February 6, 2022 at 12:53 am

    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!

  • Zorica Lloyd

    February 8, 2022 at 9:07 am
    1. 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)

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

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

  • David McKnight

    February 12, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    1: Struggling is a part of learning and a normal barrier that everyone faces in learning new mathematical and non-mathematical 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, it’s an elaborate toolbox that can be used to help us interpret, organize and predict infinitely many aspects of our lives.

  • Gwyneth McIntosh

    February 15, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    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!

  • Katie Wheatley

    February 16, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    1. It’s okay to make mistakes

    2. Math is FUN!

    3. To be able to use math in the grocery store!

  • Terry Hill

    February 18, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    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.

  • Steven Fischer

    March 2, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    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.

  • Michele Gagnier

    March 6, 2022 at 10:20 am

    1. We ca have fun in math class.

    2. Everyone can do math.

    3. Math is accessible to all students.

  • Jessica Fernandez

    March 10, 2022 at 11:41 am

    How to use place value, rounding, reducing fractions.

  • Debi Akin

    March 10, 2022 at 11:58 am

    1) They felt confident

    2) They enjoyed some parts

    3) It challenged them but they didn’t quit

  • Amy Mathewson

    March 13, 2022 at 4:00 pm

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

  • Laura Compean

    March 29, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    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.

  • Jorgelina Corral

    April 6, 2022 at 11:35 am

    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.

  • Tyson Banker

    April 8, 2022 at 11:46 am

    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.

  • Brian Hudson

    April 8, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    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.

  • Anie Langis

    May 16, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    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

  • Jared Sliger

    May 23, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    <font color=”#4d5c6d” data-keep-original-tag=”false” data-original-attrs=”{"style":""}” face=”Roboto”>-Failure is a part of learning. Don’t be afraid of mistakes, learn from them.</font>

    <font color=”#4d5c6d” data-keep-original-tag=”false” data-original-attrs=”{"style":""}” face=”Roboto”>-It was about the journey not the destination. What your answer was isn’t as important as how you found your answer.</font>

    <font color=”#4d5c6d” data-keep-original-tag=”false” data-original-attrs=”{"style":""}” face=”Roboto”><font data-keep-original-tag=”false” data-original-attrs=”{"style":""}”>-Your mindset mattersWhat are three (3) things you want your students to remember about your math class 5 years from now?

    -Failure is a part of learning. Don’t be afraid of mistakes, learn from them.

    -It was about the journey not the destination. What your answer was isn’t as important as how you found your answer.

    -Your mindset matters</font></font>

  • Nicholas Creighton

    May 25, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    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!

  • Stuart Berg

    May 25, 2022 at 8:27 pm
    1. Math is useful in everyday life
    2. Feeling proud after completing a difficult task or mastering a difficult skill
    3. (at least) one time where they felt like the smartest kid in the class
  • Anna Clark

    May 27, 2022 at 10:35 am

    1-That Mrs. Clark loved them unconditionally and wanted them to succeed every day, and had faith that they would!

    2-That all math is figure-out-able and isn’t just a trick that they have to uncover and remember to be successful–they CAN be good at math.

    3-We 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.

  • Jeremy Sarzana

    May 27, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    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)

  • Colegio Markham

    May 28, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    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!!

  • Kirk Betz

    May 30, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Logic and problem solving

    Breaking down a problem

    Confidence to try to solve a problem

  • Jacqueline Joseph

    May 31, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    1- Value the vision of others (be open-minded). What you have to say is important (communication).

    2- Math class is a fun and safe place to learn.

    3- Math is about relationships.

  • Maria Vaikunth

    June 1, 2022 at 10:36 am

    – How math makes solving real-life situations possible

    – Math is fun AND it does relate to my life

    – Math makes sense!

  • Karl Hirschmann

    June 1, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    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.

  • Christine Pomatto

    June 1, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    1) Real-life applications like tax, tip, and discount

    2) Enough number sense to figure out math-related problems they encounter at work or at home

    3) Perseverance through difficult tasks!

  • Erin Beaver

    June 3, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    1. Confidence that they have skills to problem-solve.

    2. Able to connect to real-world applications of mathematics.

    3. Perseverance in problem-solving (and a bit of fun, too!).

  • Jon

    June 4, 2022 at 7:57 am

    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 real-life, and connections to our future feelings toward the subject.

  • Heidi Cheng

    June 4, 2022 at 11:05 am

    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.

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by  Heidi Cheng. Reason: Sorry, I didn't mean to reply. I meant to post my thinking
  • Donna Byam

    June 6, 2022 at 9:20 am

    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)

  • Deanna Semyon

    June 8, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    1. An enjoyable experience

    2, Math is relevant to everyday life

    3. That they were understood and appreciated

  • Renee Holmquist

    June 8, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    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.

  • Julie Gonzales

    June 9, 2022 at 10:16 am

    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.

  • Gavin Torem

    June 9, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    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

  • Lorna Rodriguez

    June 10, 2022 at 10:46 am

    1. Math is fun

    2. You can make mistakes and start again

    3. Everything around us is related to math

  • Reney McAtee

    June 13, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Math is do-able

    Math can help make sense of the world around us

    Math is interesting and fun to use

  • Mary Olsen

    June 20, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    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.

  • Nicolle Ristow

    June 21, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    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.

  • Stefania Lambusta

    June 22, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    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.

  • Norbert Larsen

    June 23, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    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!

  • Theresa Gieschen

    June 29, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    Working hard feels really good!

    We all think differently and that’s okay.

    We do not all work at the same speed.

  • Josie Pierson

    June 30, 2022 at 10:36 am

    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).

  • Alexis Perez

    July 10, 2022 at 9:55 am

    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.

  • Sheena Arocho

    July 11, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    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.

  • Kristie D’Arcangelo

    July 25, 2022 at 11:18 am

    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.

  • Heather Alden

    July 25, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    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).

  • Rose Friedman

    July 26, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    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.

  • Erin Bell

    August 3, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    math is everywhere

    math doesnt have to be hard

    everyone can be a math person

  • Sean Campbell

    October 16, 2022 at 1:41 am

    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!

  • Craig Polzen

    October 23, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    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

  • Noel McMillin

    October 24, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    1. Anyone can learn math.

    2. Math is the study of patterns.

    3. Math is ubiquitous.

  • Rebekah Schofield

    October 24, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    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.

  • Victoria Murphy

    October 30, 2022 at 10:36 am

    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!)

  • Alison Peternell

    October 30, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    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.

  • Joseph Barnas

    November 13, 2022 at 11:56 am

    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.


    December 21, 2022 at 10:44 pm

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

  • Deb Fagan

    February 20, 2023 at 11:51 pm

    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!

  • Stephanie Pritchett

    January 15, 2022 at 5:07 pm

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

  • Kyle Pearce

    April 9, 2022 at 7:04 am

    this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  • Marion Mulgrew

    July 3, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    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.

  • Kyle Pearce

    July 4, 2022 at 6:51 am

    I love these. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kyle Pearce

    July 13, 2022 at 6:44 am

    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!