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Excel Math Blog

Friday, July 12, 2013

Lighting Up Students for Success

light up poster
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Albert Einstein once said, "A student is not a container you have to fill but a torch you have to light up."

With Excel Math, students light up as they learn practical ways to apply mathematical concepts to their everyday lives.

The unique spiraling system in Excel Math helps children become confident math students.

Many former students mention that it was during their time studying Excel Math that they grew to develop a love for mathematics.

We created this poster as a download you can use with your own class or print to send home to parents. Click here to view and print the poster.

Michael Linsin has a terrific article about how your organized classroom environment can set the stage for active learning. He points out that keeping things clutter-free can even help to improve your students' behavior. Read his Smart Classroom Management article, How Your Classroom Environment Can Improve Behavior.

Years ago, the middle school where my husband taught developed a school-wide system where one character trait was emphasized each week.

That trait was explained to the students and defined during the morning video announcements, mentioned by the principal, posted in classrooms and discussed during the day. Students who showed "courtesy," for example, were commended.

Those who were rude were reminded to show courtesy. These positive character traits became the all-school way of doing things, and student behavior improved, as a result.

Here's a poster we created to help you remind your students of some valuable character traits and some expectations for behavior in the classroom.

Raised Hands

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Courtesy Poster
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When you set the bar high, your students will usually rise to your expectations and at times may even exceed them.

Treating your class with respect and holding students accountable for their actions creates a classroom atmosphere where students feel safe and secure. It also creates a place of mutual respect where learning and collaboration can take happen.

You can download this poster from our website and use it in your overhead slides or print it on large paper for a bulletin board. If you prefer, use postcard stock and print a copy for each of your students.

Tell us how you encourage character development and respect in your classroom by clicking on the word "Comment" below.

New to Excel Math? Preview elementary math lessons that really work for Kindergarten through Sixth Grade on our website:

You can find math resources for teachers, parents and students and take a walk through the curriculum at

You might also like these articles:

School's Out for Summer
Staying Fit Over the Summer Break
Helping Math Students Excel During the Transition to Common Core
Summer: A Season of Math Learning

Excel Math is a proven mathematics curriculum for Kindergarten through Sixth grade students. Used in classrooms for more than 35 years, Excel Math curriculum carefully presents math in a spiraling fashion. Students learn and review different concepts throughout the year while developing a solid foundation of math skills. Learn more at

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