Sunday, May 5, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Sale...

It's that time of year again...

TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale is May 7-8! I'm having a sale and am offering 20% off all items in my store Be sure to check-out with code TAD13 to get an additional 10% off. Click on the picture to be taken to my store.
 I just want to thank all the teachers out there that have put in so much time and effort to educate our kids. I love being part of a group of people that care more about others! I hope everyone has a wonderful week and can find some great deals along the way.

 Great graphic made by Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Calming the Chaos...

Welcome to the 
 Calming the Chaos Blog Hop   
hosted by 2peasandadog.
All of us bloggers have come together to share our top tips for making the last month of school run smoothly. Visit each of our blogs to learn something new and catch a freebie or two!
Happy Hopping!!!

Well, most of us are on our last month of school (jumping for joy)! It can be quite difficult to keep students engaged when testing is over and the weather is nice and sunny. Nobody wants to be locked in a classroom all day when it's so beautiful outside. Our EOI testing is now over for Algebra I and I have 3 weeks left until the last day of school.

One way that I calm the chaos in my classroom is I have my students work on a poster project for a 3 day period. My students have to find 5 newspaper articles that must contain math. They have to highlight the math that's included in the articles and then they are required to write a summary for each one. The summary has to include how math is being used in the article. If there are graphs that go with the article(s), I ask students to include it on their poster. Students are required to create their own title and it cannot be handwritten on the poster. Also, they cannot have a white poster board. I think white is boring and so I told them that I want lots of color! On the 4th day the students get up in front of the class and show off their project along with a 2-3 minute overview of their articles. I really like this because students become aware of how often math is written about in the news.

Here is a little freebie for you to enjoy. Click on the picture below and you'll be taken to it! Hope you visit the other blogs and we help you calm the chaos as our finishing point approaches!

Hope you enjoy and feel free to check out my TpT store and Pinterest.


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Friday, April 26, 2013

School's (Almost Over) Blog Hop and Giveaway...

This year has been a first for me...I have taught something other than Algebra I. I was fortunate enough to be able to teach Algebra Plus this year, a supplemental class for Algebra I. I was able to teach at a slower pace and engage students in lots of hands-on activities along with projects using technology. As the year comes to a close it is always difficult to find new and exciting ways to keep students interested in what they are doing until the last day. I have decided to have my students become the teachers. They will all choose a concept and become the teacher. I did this activity my first year of teaching and students seemed to really enjoy it. They have to come up with notes, example problems, a quick exit example and a cheat sheet. Here are some examples from my students.

Here is a freebie for you that I start the year off with my students. A goal sheet to get them started in making goals and realizing what goes along with accomplishing them. Get's them thinking in the right direction. My Goals - Beginning the Year

The lucky winner will be able to grab my Combining Like Terms - Quick Review as well as many other great products.

Good luck to everyone!

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Weekly Agendas Plus A Freebie...

In my class, students are responsible for keeping track of assignments using their weekly agenda sheets that I created. Students are to get new ones every week. They keep them in their student binder for my class (these don't leave the classroom). I never have to worry about students that have missed class or assignments because they just ask their study buddy and find out from their agenda. I also use this as a way to get students into the classroom and in their seats before the tardy bell rings. I've always had trouble with students loitering in the halls but since I started agendas this year, I'm having fewer issues, much fewer. Students come in and get out their binders, write down the agenda for the hour and get ready for class. It's GREAT!!!

Here is an example of this week's agenda filled out...


This has really helped my students get in to a routine and become more responsible. I also like how students are able to ask each other what they missed on days they were absent. It also eliminates me from having to start class late because I'm trying to get absent students taken care of before class.

Everyday I write the date and objective on the board. I also put collaborate group strips (magnetic) on the whiteboard so that students can fill in that section of the agenda. I also hang the standard (just the standard, no explanation) on a bulletin board by the board in a sheet protector so that students can write that in too. I made the strips different colors so that it looks more exciting and not so dull just written on the board. 

Visit my TpT store and download this freebie. I hope that use can utilize it in your classroom the way I have been able to. Click on the picture below to be taken to my freebie. Feedback is always welcome. Enjoy!!!

 Hope you have a GREAT weekend!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

HUGE Giveaway Going On...

There is a HUGE Giveaway going on over at Adventures of Room 126! Mrs. Harris is celebrating 600 followers and has a great giveaway! There are over 30 items in the prize package. Hurray and get entered in to win this FANTASTIC prize!!! Click on the picture below to be taken to her blog.

Good Luck!!


Hope you win!!! Have a great week!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Celebrating a Blog Birthday and a Great Giveaway...

I am really excited to be participating in an amazing giveaway! Krystal Mills of Lessons From The Middle is celebrating her FIRST Blog Birthday in a big way. There are close to 100 teachers who have donated their fabulous products/gift certificates for her giveaway. There are prize packages for grades K-3, 4-6 and 7-9 - so there's something for almost everyone! Be sure to make your way over to 
Lessons From The Middle Feb. 8th - 11th to enter.                                            

Celebrating my first Blog Birthday - Lessons From The Middle

Be sure to check out what's going on and get in on all the fun....

Hope you're a winner!