The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Vince Lombardi

On Extra Credit…

There is no such thing as extra credit. You can’t eat an extra helping of french fries before you finish a regular helping, can you? So why do students ask for extra credit when they haven’t done the regular credit?

Do the regular credit, and you won’t need extra credit. At the very least ask for a do-over on the regular credit. Remember that crosswords, word searches, and other simplistic puzzles do not eliminate skill gaps. Your grade is (or at least should be) a reflection of your achievement against a set of standards. Last I checked, word searches won’t make you better at solving math problems. But doing more math problems always will.

Why You Think You Suck at Math

And the real reason you struggle...

And… we’re back! I trust the summer has renewed you all and that you are taking advantage of starting the 2016-17 school year with a clean slate. Remember to work hard and use your noggin! Meanwhile, watch this video about Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers and his research on the 10,000 hour rule.

This fantastic animation does a nice job explaining what I frequently say. Anyone can be good at math. The chief difference between someone who gets math and someone who doesn’t get math is the number of hours spent on task…

Algebra Champion Crowned

2015-16 Champ bests a field of 35, wins iPad

Planet Numeracy’s first-ever iPad giveaway winner has been crowned. Veronica Johnson won the grand prize. Although, several students were nipping at her heels, she topped the field of 35 students in finishing the year with the highest overall final grade in all my algebra classes.

Are You Always Late?

Three-point Thursday

I read a report just this morning suggesting that chronic lateness is a mental disorder. What!? How can that be? I guess this just goes to show that you can clinicalize anything. But in the spirit of not making excuses for annoying behavior, I am going to focus on three legitimate reasons why people run late. Love being on summer time…