**A little over three days ago, I tweeted the following:**
**I highly recommend you** read everyone's response. I truly appreciate everyone who responded. This question definitely can be revealing and/or create vulnerability.

*You* will be my biggest ammunition as I attempt to inspire teachers at the

Northwest Math Conference in October to create more memorable times in their math classes.

**Here is my takeaway from your responses:**

If you (the teacher) want your class to be

**FORGETTABLE** (to both yourself and students), do the following:

- TALK a lot
- LECTURE a lot
- make sure students are silent
- have students take a lot of NOTES
- ask closed questions
- have students sit and get, then forget
- give meaningless homework
- focus on grades
- discipline students because the math wasn't engaging
- be bored with
*your own* work
- assign a lot of WORKSHEETS

If you (the teacher) want your class to be

**MEMORABLE** (to both yourself and students), do the following:

- make a math song to "Can't Touch This"
- be kind
- build relationships
- tell stories
- have students work collaboratively
- have discussions about identity, character, and equality
- allow students to propose methods that you never considered
- build a class community
- allow shy students to present
- engage even the negative students
- have students work in small groups
- have students share their thinking
- believe in your students
- use stuff from the MTBoS like 3 Acts, whiteboarding, visual patterns, estimation 180, barbie bungee, number talks, etc.
- build relationships

**A few of you were kind enough to email me and share some amazing stories.** A fourth grade teacher emailed me about two of her students writing a letter to

*Swingline* asking them why their box of staples says 5000 staples, when their math class calculated it to be 5040. All because of Days

14 &

15 at Estimation 180. Those students probably won't remember the worksheet they had last week in

*any* class, but I guarantee they'll remember writing those letters. Now I hope

*Swingline* does the right thing and replies to those students.

**Thanks again. Keep creating memorable times in your math classes.**

Memorable,

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