Saturday, August 15, 2015

Blog Update

I am making a move to another blogging platform this month. I will be back to blogging in September when the move is complete! See you then! :D

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Math Charts to Start the Year

The school year is almost here for us down in the South. With that in mind,  I am linking up with some of my favorite teacher bloggers to bring you some Back to School Survival Tips! For my tip, I wanted to share with you my favorite math charts to start the year. These are the math charts that I use to set the tone and introduce a lot of my common procedures in math. In fact, these are my math mini-lessons the first week of school. If you want your students to be successful with math instruction, you have to clearly lay out the expectations from the beginning of the year. These charts, hopefully, do just that. They also hang in the room, providing a written reminder all year long.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Data Tracking Forms {Free}

With the new teacher evaluations in my state becoming more and more rigorous, I knew I needed to create some very specific data forms to show how I was tracking my data and what I was doing with the data in my instruction. I created these forms last year and used them in some form or another throughout the year. Some I used more than others, but I definitely liked having the variety to use. To be completely transparent, I fabricated the forms shown on this post to protect my students' data.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A Simple Strategy to Stop Arguing and Talking Back


Those first few weeks of school can be rough when you have students who test authority and like to talk back or argue when given a reminder or asked to do a simple task. It is even harder in the beginning because you have not had time to build a mutual relationship of respect. While you are building this relationship, you need something simple but effective to stop any back talking in its tracks (especially before it spreads to other students). I have used this strategy for two years with great success. Remember this is for when you are asking the student to do a task or reminding them of a procedure they should be following. This is not for instances where a lengthy discussion needs to be had because the behavior is more serious.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Solving Multi-Part Word Problems {Freebie Printable Chart}

 Solving multi-part math constructed response tasks is such a tricky skill for my students. Not only is the actual solving the problems tricky, but my students also struggle with organizing their responses and their work. I have spent a lot of time this past school year thinking of how to combat that and help scaffold my students. This post sums up what I have come up with so far to help.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Using Wonder to Teach All the Common Core Literature Standards


The summer of 2014, I read this book and fell in love. I immediately knew I wanted this to be my first read aloud of the year. Not only are the messages and themes in this book fabulous for children today, but the book literally allows you to teach all the Common Core Literature Standards with this book! Seriously....Read on to find out how.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Constructed Response Freebie {Math is Real Life}

Free Math Task

For this month's Math is Real Life, I am writing about a few of our recent trips to the lake. On the way back from the lake, my mom texted me and asked me how much gas we used on one trip. After telling her about 1/4 of a tank and that the tank held 32 gallons, I realized this was a good example of using math in real life. Fast forward to the next trip to the lake when we almost ran out of gas. We had about 1/3 of a tank of gas, which should have been more than enough. However, we did a lot more driving and less "hanging out and swimming" on that day. This affected the amount of gas we used. Thankfully, we made it back to the ramp and to the boat trailer. This is a great example of how outside circumstances in the real world affect math sometimes.
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