enthusiasm Archives - Mary Kienstra

Book of the Year 2015

By: Mary Kienstra on: April 14, 2015  in: Engagement, enthusiasm, party, reading,

Today was the great reveal for the book of the year for 2015.  It was a very close race, but HOLES by Louis Sachar won.  My students voted for the book using a March Madness style bracket to narrow down the choices.  I love this unit as it engages all readers in talking about books! […] Read more


A Good Problem to Have

By: Mary Kienstra on: September 11, 2014  in: Collaboration, Engagement, enthusiasm, Kakooma, Math

The biggest problem I have this year with my math students is that they are over-enthusiastic about math.  I prefer to call it that instead of “talkative”.  I joke that their enthusiasm is a good problem to have. This group of students LOVES math. They truly are excited and enthusiastic about everything we are doing. […] Read more