Today I bit the bullet and tackled a project I have been putting off for weeks. As I began my task, I was reminded of a few hesitant math students in class today. I watched knowingly as they postponed their place value practice, choosing instead to sharpen pencils to the bone and analyze the window panes. Fortunately for all of us, the hardest part was just getting started. Tonight we go to bed with completed projects and a deeper understanding of the billions place.