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I am so excited that we will be sharing our school year together. Though I have been teaching over 20 years, I still have that same excitement as I did at the start of my career because of the wonderful students, like you, that I get to meet year after year. Your enthusiasm and exuberance is highly contagious. I hope you will find Marshall Middle School to be as  extraordinary as I do as we go through this year together. There is no finer place to be, in my opinion. 
 
What I love about teaching math at Marshall Middle School is how we view math as a team. How many of you have heard the silly phrase "I am not a math person"?  Lets think about this for a minute.There are so many wonderful things that you are: talented, kind-hearted, positive, etc.  Math is not something you are, but something that you do.  Think of all the things you do. You walk, ride a bike, bake, swim, fish,  the list goes on and on. Most of the things you are able to do come from practice. Math is no different than anything else that you do. The more you practice thinking about and working through math concepts and ideas, the more comfortably you will be able to navigate through problems and tasks.It really is that easy.  It is true that we are all at different places in our experiences with math, but all it takes is the willingness to practice and work hard to feel successful, no matter where you are. There will always be a next level in math that you have to understand. The trick is having the confidence in yourself to know that math is nothing more than a puzzle that you get to play with to find the different solutions. 
 
My goal this year is to help everyone see the fun side of math. With so much technology available to us in this day and age, having to memorize a formula isn't the only thing that matters when it comes to math.  We need to explore and justify our solutions and answers to analyze whether they always/sometimes/never work. We can look to see how these ideas may grow or change as the problem grows or changes. In our class, we will have math conversations, we will use manipulatives/pictures/words to show how we see the problem and how they connect to what we may have already known. We will take part in many activities that allow us to practice and build upon our knowledge. All you really need to do is come to class with a positive attitude (and any work due) . Everything else will fall into place.

I look forward to sharing this school year with you. I hope you are as excited as I am to see yourself grow and succeed in all you do.