Each school year just about everything changes except the way that we approach it. I love the idea of a fresh start for each student (each day) and a great deal of the material should be presented daily to each fresh started student.
I feel that math hasn’t changed so much over the last decade that we have to confuse students and push parent help away. The idea of “my way” that tends to be standard reasoning to enforce memorization is frustrating to me. On one hand we stand to embrace uniqueness to assist with social bullying problems but then we demand that everyone solve math problems the same exact way for fear of failure. This is where the importance of the growth mindset becomes the catalyst for change and helps the COVA method to become more widely excepted.
I believe is trying to solve the problem from outside of the box but not in a scripted or practiced way. I tend to use analogies and many real life references to not only engage my students but help them to see how and why each concept is worth trying to learning.