Both of my Math 8 classes have been on fire this week. We’ve been working on exponent properties and I’m embarrassed to say that the lessons have been less than stellar, but that hasn’t stopped them. They have really gotten into simplifying expressions with exponents. I think they get a real sense of satisfaction because the expressions look so formidable at first sight. One of my classes in particular, has many students who have not been successful in math in the past. This class has put forth a tremendous amount of effort this week, so much so that I really took notice and couldn’t help but gush a little bit about it to them at the end of the period today. I am so proud of them and hope that this kind of enthusiasm and effort continue throughout the year.