We all know that successful math students share common "habits". And so do unsuccessful students. But sometimes when we try to convey this to students it comes across as nagging or disapproval, which does nothing to help our cause. These posters will help your students know just where they fall and what they could be doing better.
A few years ago I hung these posters in my classroom. I began the year with my usual speech, but this time I included an introduction to the habits of successful math students. Then throughout the year I used them as the basis for my discipline plan.
There are 10 light green posters with the habits of successful students. And 10 gray posters with the "flip" habit or undesirable habit of unsuccessful students. As students did well, I commended them on how many of the good habits they were displaying. If students needed reprimanding or were starting to fail, I could point at the posters and remind them that they needed to "get out of the gray" habits, and move back to successful habits.
What a difference! Students were finally getting it! And best of all, they didn't see me as the enemy, but rather as the concerned teacher that I am.
Successful habits of mind and just habits in general are the focus of so many programs...AVID and common core just to name a few. These posters are based partly off the common core habits, but also off habits I have noticed over the years. These posters make great talking points for Back-to-School and Open House.
Start next year off the right way!