Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be part of a great team that presented a workshop called "The First Six Weeks" through the VT Higher Education Collaboration. The workshop focused on how teachers can use what we know about the brain, mind, and learning to re-design the first six weeks of their school year. As the high school math teacher on the team, I presented a ninety-minute segment on how to incorporate brain-based strategies to establish a strong classroom community from day one.

After completing the workshop, the director of the TASS program (part of VTHEC) recommended I keep a journal for the first six weeks of school to share with workshop participants. Being an avid "lurker" on the Math Blogosphere, I decided to give blogging a shot myself. First and foremost, this will be a space in which I can reflect on my teaching and my students learning. Perhaps it can also be a resource for those who attended "The First Six Weeks", provide insight for next year's presentation, and who knows, maybe I'll get on the Math Blogosphere radar at some point and other math teachers can extend my quest for exploring changes in teaching and learning mathematics.

Here's my plan for day one in Algebra I, as outlined at the workshop:

The very first thing I will do in my Algebra class on day one is an Algebra I Questionnaire based on CalcDave's Calculus Questionnaire.

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