Michelle Russell

Helping Students See the Value of Making Mistakes in Math – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog I have been giving a lot of thought to common math errors lately. Our high school is judged on how well students perform on the ACT. To help them prepare, I have been giving ACT type multiple choice questions as bell ringers (warm-ups), and it has become very clear that my students are making some pretty common errors on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the ACT (and other standardized tests) are structured to take advantage of those mistakes…

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My Year-End Teaching Reflection: What Worked, What Didn’t – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog Down south where I live, the school year ended in late May. I usually give myself a few weeks before I try to reflect on the previous school year. Taking a little time gives me a chance to gain some perspective. By the last day of school, often the only things I can remember are the things I did wrong, and just focusing on the negative is not very productive. So to help me reflect on the…

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Make the Last Weeks of Math Productive and Fun! – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog Before we finished our final benchmark test, my plan for these last few weeks of school was to get caught up on my pacing guide and do some “serious” teaching. Instead, we have had an academic signing day, a faculty basketball game, a talent show, and more! (Good activities, but not serious teaching!) All these interruptions to *My Plan* started to really stress me out. I know the end of the school year is hectic – it…

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