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My favorite quote from section III: "Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." --Mark Twain

I had a lot of aha moments with this book and I really enjoyed that. The moment that I will try to learn the most from is the different variet of "hooks". I never thought about how many ways there are to get students engaged and help them with learning. I am going to try to incorporate as many as possible throughout the year. I really believe that it will help me as well as my students.

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I teach developmental math at the local community college.  I have a few students who like math, but the majority "hate math".  My aha moment was on page 62, where Burgess writes, "The truth is, students probably don't really hate math, they hate the way it has been taught to them in the past.  They hate the fact that they have struggled to learn math in the past."  I think this is probably true, and it's encouraging.  It means there is hope for me to change their mindset of math if I change the way they are taught math.  

I think at the college, it's just accepted and expected to teach in a lecture format.  Even the students don't want to do activities where they get up and interact.  But I know this is what is best for them.  I know that being enthusiastic about my content is what's best for them.  As an introvert, this won't be easy for me, but I hope that my passion to instill a love of math in my students will overpower my insecurity to be silly and excited while I teach.  

My favorite quote from part 3 was, "Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?"  I definitely want to take a chance.  Other things that stood out to me were "mediocrity doesn't motivate" and "life isn't 100% or fail".  I think standing up to lecture without enthusiasm is definitely mediocrity and it really doesn't motivate anyone.  I get bored myself when I fall into that teaching style.  I also tend to be an all or nothing kind of person and constantly have to remind myself that it doesn't have to be all or nothing.  So I will focus on that as well.  All my lessons won't be super exciting and get students up and out of their desks.  But if I have enough that do and that raises success, then that's a good place to start.  I may try something and it may flop, but it won't discourage me to go back to just lecture.  I'll learn for the next lesson what to change and try something different.  

Thanks for a great, motivating read.  


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The 5 steps in The Where Do I Start chapter really helped me as a beginner teacher know that I shouldn’t be scared to fail/think I have to have it all figured out or perfect. I do have fear knowing that July is upon us and I still do not know where I will be or if I will have my own classroom and if so what grade level/ subject I will be teaching. I hope when the new school year begins I make the best of it and if I end up having to move districts knowing that working with a new team brings new friendships and a new experience. I will strive to be great and not let the little things get to me.

***It was hard to pick just one quote so I picked 2 favorites- “Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” -Mark Twain. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” -MLK JR.


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I had many a-ha moments as well, though my two main ones are as follows...
First, I realized that I already do some (a few) of the things Mr. Burgess suggests. I try to keep learning fun, interesting, and relevant to the students' lives. Woo, go Mrs. Jackson!
The most significant take-away from this book is that I've been tired for awhile, and all of these great and awesome motivating, engaging ideas are going to take work and dedication to pull off. It's time to rediscover my motivation and creativity. Let me just go back and reread that part.
My favorite quote from section III is "Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase," by Martin Luther King, Jr. I'm glad to know we don't have to have everything figured out before we ever get started. This is a good guide to strive for success even when we aren't completely sure if we'll be perfect the first or even the second try. We just have to try to do something, to put ourselves out there for our students.

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