## Reflection: Positive Reinforcement Turtlehead Multiplication - Section 2: Practice

One of my favorite teaching strategies is highlighting the struggling students.  At first it sounds mean but I assure you my reasons are pure.  First off, if one student is struggling with a concept then chances are there is another student struggling with the same thing.  Students often neglect to ask clarifying questions.  Sometimes they just don’t know they don’t understand it and other times they are just afraid of what others might think of them.

Secondly, and most importantly, by showing the struggles of a student I can emphasize it is okay to be wrong or unsure.  One of my strongest qualities as an educator is my classroom management.  I want my students to feel very safe and free from judgment within the confines of my room.  By showing the struggling student it is okay to be wrong and the class what it looks like to be patient and understanding, I feel as though I making them better students and human beings.

Why is everybody always picking on me?
Positive Reinforcement: Why is everybody always picking on me?

Unit 1: Operations with Decimals and Whole Numbers
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## Big Idea: Turtles are normally slow but this guy will speed you up!

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### Erin Doughty

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