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The Value of Mistakes

"The problem with praising kids for their innate intelligence -- the 'smart' compliment -- is that it misrepresents the neural reality of education. It encourages kids to avoid the most useful kind of learning activities, which is learning from mistakes. Unless you experience the unpleasant symptoms of being wrong, your brain will never revise its models. Before your neurons can succeed, they must repeatedly fail. There are no shortcuts for this painstaking process."

How We Decide, Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin, 2009. pp. 53-54.


Welcome to the 2016-17 School year. I am beginning my sixteenth year at Evanston Township High School.  I am a co-head coach of the ETHS Math Team and a Nationally Board Certified teacher.  My class room is on the third floor of the North wing, room N339.  I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of London and Northwestern University.  I am a life-long Evanston resident, a graduate of ETHS, and a White Sox fan.  My wife and I have three daughters, ages thirteen, nine and six. 

Links to class pages

posted Aug 7, 2013, 9:51 AM by Andrew Segall   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 1:39 PM ]

Click on the following links for each of the classes I teach:

First Day of School

posted Aug 18, 2010, 8:07 PM by Andrew Segall   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 1:14 PM ]

WELCOME BACK STUDENTS! 
Monday, August 25th: Opening Day of School 
Grade 9: 8:00am to 11:15am 
Grades 10-12: Noon to 3:35pm

Students in Middle School Geometry have a separate starting date.  See below.

Parent Meeting for Advanced Geometry Honors Parents/Guardians

posted Aug 18, 2010, 8:04 PM by Andrew Segall   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 1:38 PM ]

On Thursday, August 25th, 2016, there will be an information meeting for the parents and guardians of (District 65) Advanced Geometry Honors students.  We will meet in Room N112.  The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30pm.  We expect it will last about ninety minutes.

First Day of School for Middle School Students

posted Aug 18, 2010, 7:57 PM by Andrew Segall   [ updated Aug 17, 2016, 6:10 PM ]

The first day of school for middle school students is on Tuesday, August 25th.  Class begins at 8:32 am in room N339 and will end at 9:14.  Students should be in class no later than 8:30.  You are welcome to arrive at ETHS any time after 8:00.

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