I have been asking my students' parents to refrain from telling their children if they were bad at math at Back to School nights for years. Why would kids want to try at a subject that is hard if their parents give them an out? Here is a good synopsis, backed up by a recent study linking the anxiety of parents to the performance of students, of how and why parents (and teachers) should change their tone and "jump into the subject they once feared with both feet."
I am blogging my thoughts on teaching math and on promoting social, emotional wellness among my students and colleagues. I am a fan of having students create digital portfolios in math, and I am blogging about what I am learning along the way.