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In this action research study of my 9th grade Algebra I classroom, I investigated the idea of presenting problems at the beginning of class. Data was collected to determine if presenting problems at the beginning of class would have an effect on students’ conceptual learning, verbal communication and confidence. It was also my intention that this project would have a positive impact on my students both academically and mentally with increasing their confidence with mathematical problems. I discovered that presenting problems at the beginning of class did impact my students’ overall abilities and achievement. It seemed to improve their volunteerism in class, confidence in working out math problems, working with other students during class time, and overall academic achievement. As a result of this study, I plan to continue to present problems at the beginning of class. Some data may need to be collected to determine if this method needs adaptation for different students’ capabilities, but it is useful in improving students’ overall mathematical communication skills, speaking abilities and academic achievement.