Build Math Confidence  March 2019 Volume 118
Math Confidence Events
Tuesday March 5 Everyone Reading CUNY Graduate Center, New York City
Saturday March 9 Ten County Math Cortlandt, NY
Friday March 22 Precalculus and More Rutgers U Piscataway, NJ
Thursday March 28 When Are We PD Workshop Rutgers U Piscataway, NJ
Atomic Habits
James Clear says habits are "the compound interest of self-improvement" and he uses a mathematical illustration: improving 1% each day over a year accumulates to over 3600%! (1.01^365 = 37.78) while a 1% daily decrease (.99)^365 becomes a 97% decrease. 
Rather than create goals, Clear recommends designing systems to make progress.  He advises "Decide the type of person you want to be.  Prove it to yourself with small wins".  The Atomic Habits website includes many resources: at the bottom of the home page are 4 categories:  Better Habits, Better Performance, Better Thinking and Optimal Health.  Here is the link to the 
 Interleaved Math Practice
The word interleaved is used here to encourage teachers to design mixed practice sets rather than one skill at a time.  I have referred to this idea as "Slivered vs Comprehensive" to explain the difference between learning one isolated topic rather than a group of (interrelated) Math concepts.  The idea of spaced practice is not new to academics or athletics but this study highlights why interleaving is good for learning and retaining Math skills and concepts. 
Visit 
www.retrievalpractice.org to " focus not on getting information "in," but on getting information "out."
Metacognition Sheet
SolveMe Mobiles

Math is an international subject that can cross boundaries and language barriers especially when it is in picture form.  These SolveMe Mobile are designed as puzzles and are excellent for students learning about balancing equations especially as seen in the  Transition to Algebra workbooks
Brain Puzzler: Solve Me Mobiles
 
Answer to February's Brain Puzzler:  1/7
Click here  for the solution to February' s Brain Puzzler
 
Thanks, Robin the Math Lady Schwartz
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