Here are some random ideas I had during my observation today.
Have class expectations visible in the fromt of the room.
Expectations: You are expected to
Listen with Respect
Speak with Respect
Help Each Other Learn
Practice Self-Discipline (the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it)
Use your REASON
Go at an enthusiastic pace. Give a specific amount of time to complete tasks.
Reasons to study math:
-Math as a test of character (Do you give up when faced with difficulty?)
-Math as a test of self-discipline (Do you take responsibility for your own life?)
-Math as the language of the universe (We see shapes, relationships, patterns in Nature herself. We use math to explore those ideas)
-Math as a tool to solve problems (Medicine, Climate Change, Population, Resources, Finance)
-Math as a way to a meaningful career (We need people to solve those problems!)
-Math as a way to make things (Computers, Smartphones, Tablets, Angry Birds, Software)
-Math as a way of thinking (Question WHY, give REASONS for what you believe. What is TRUE)