One of the first strategies I picked up as a student teacher was to write the date as a math problem. I started doing this as a first year teacher. My kids hated it. It especially frustrated them when they would ask the date and I would read the math problem off the board to them.
Last Christmas or so, I got a bit overwhelmed one week and never made the time to write the date on the board. And, I just kinda stopped. I didn't mean to; I just got out of the habit.
Well, I'm back at it. And, my students are not pleased. I couldn't be happier!
The date in the picture above sparked a great conversation about whether the 2+1 needed to be in parentheses. I love when I can find extra little ways to make my students think!