Wednesday! Almost there. We began the basics of solving equations today…proving an equation to be true or false, given the value of a variable. For example, is 7 a solution for x + 3 = 10? Ha Ha so easy, they say! I admit, the examples we started with *were* pretty easy, but I stressed the importance of actually PROVING it. We did about 10 examples together and I made sure each student *showed each step* of plugging in the value of the variable, simplifying, then proving with an = or (not)= sign. How fun! And they really did a great job of showing these simple steps.

Tomorrow when we start actually SOLVING equations, this “proving” whether a value of a variable works for an equation will all make sense!

I also started filling in our class Word Wall today. Will continue to add to the chalkboard as we progress through the year!

## About Gretchen Simmerson

Middle School math teacher living in Austin, Texas.