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The Power of Positive Thinking

In the classroom and in life, I am continually frustrated by negative attitudes, so much so that I have the following rule in my syllabus: Never say "I hate math".

I strive to encourage my students to see what is possible and not to get bogged down by what is challenging. For example, instead of saying, that they are bad at fractions, I make them repeat that they need practice with fractions and remind them that saying is believing.

I love reading this parenting blog - Short Fat Dictator. Not only is it is hilarious, but it describes my own home life as a mom of two small kids pretty accurately.

I hope that this post about the writer's confident two year old will inspire my middle school students to start each day with this question:
"I wonder how many good things are going to happen before bed today?"