In our division, classes on the first day of school are only 15 minutes long. By the time students settle in and introductions are made, there is hardly enough time to wrestle and play with an interesting math problem. I saved that for the second day. Instead of going through the syllabus, however, I gave the time over to my students to reflect on the following questions:

- When I see the word ‘mathematics,’ I think of…
- A good experience with mathematics was when…
- A bad experience with mathematics was when…
- This semester, I expect to…

(The students completed the prompts in their new math journals, which I will hopefully get a chance to write about once the routine is more firmly established.) Continue reading ““When I see the word ‘mathematics’…””