Posted on November 12, 2014. Filed under: Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , |

I want to spend the next few posts talking about how we develop perseverance in our students.  It is one of the greatest gifts we can give them.  Teach them to stick with it.  Teach them to never give up.  Cultivate grit.  Foster a growth mindset.  Plaster it all over your classroom.  Show inspirational videos like this! This video is amazing and inspiring and something all our students need to know!


Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki


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Real change involves Stick-With-Itness

Posted on August 16, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

It’s a lot easier for an organization to adopt new words than it is to actually change anything. Real change is uncomfortable. If it’s not feeling that way, you probably just adopted new words. (Seth Godin).


Whatever you set out to do this year, persevere! It’s not always easy, it’s not always fun, it’s not always really evident that it is worth it – BUT IT IS! Stick with it, know that change is a rough and tumble business. Know that “real change is uncomfortable (at times)” and know that it is totally worth it! It is good for our students.

Starting new routines and structures in math is rocky at first. We all need to take a swig of STICK-WITH-ITNESS… If we are to set off on this journey.   It will pay off. It will be worth it. It will be priceless in time.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Oh the Places You’ll Go this School Year!

Posted on September 18, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Advice for a school year by Dr. Seuss:


     “Just never forget to be dexterous and deft,

     And never mix up your right foot with your left

     And will you succeed?

   Yes! You will, indeed!

 (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)



 Be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray

   Or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,

  You’re off to Great Places!

  Your mountain is waiting,

So…get on your way!”

This is wishing you a fabulous school year!  And for everyone trying to navigate the CCSS or just do new and adventurous things be of good courage and teach like you have never taught before!


Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

Reference: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!  Random House NY

P.S.S.  This is a great book to read to your students and make connections about perseverance in math!

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