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Mistakes are our friends!

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About me

I’m passionate about helping kids feel successful in math, and helping great teachers keep teaching!

My name is Helene (“Hel-een”) Poppleton and I believe that, whoever you are, you can do math!  I see students (and adults!) approach math with closed-mindedness and sometimes fear… but it doesn’t have to be that way.  read more

math musings

Conversations and Activities for a Happier Math Class

No Homework

No Homework

Shifting practice time to my classroom is the best thing I did for learning in my class.

Why I Love Standards-Based Grading

Why I Love Standards-Based Grading

Standards-based grading alters the whole purpose of practice work and removes the shroud of mystery from the dreaded math test. It’s a game changer!

Homework Help

Homework Help

A compilation of healthy and effective ways to cope with being stuck and frustrated.

Success = Hope

Success = Hope

Here are some easy ways to stack our classes with success – especially for those struggling learners!

Math is Figureoutable!

Math is Figureoutable!

The very idea that we already know what we need to solve a tough problem can instill confidence right from the start!

Is Math Class a Bully?

Is Math Class a Bully?

What’s it like to have a bully in your life?
Being repeatedly shamed and humiliated. Feeling powerless to make it better. Dreading school…  

Mistakes are our friends!

Mistakes are our friends!

Making mistakes is the very process of learning! It doesn’t make us stupid, it makes us smart!

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