tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-41320650500667026232016-10-22T10:30:51.354-05:00Teaching in an Organized MessRandihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.comBlogger155125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-14377475649115618632016-10-16T18:25:00.000-05:002016-10-16T18:25:04.148-05:00Blog Post I Love--Part 8<a href="http://nathankraft.blogspot.com/2016/05/an-alternative-to-add-opposite.html" target="_blank">An Alternative to "Add the Opposite"</a> from Nathan Kraft.<br /><br />We started working on adding integers this week and will move into subtracting integers next week. The past two years, I have introduced it with algebra tiles and taught it as adding the opposite and the students still struggle with what to do when subtracting a negative. His alternative focuses on using number lines. My students have used number lines for adding and subtracting integers, but it has been more of an after thought than a deliberate lesson.<br /><br /><a href="http://showyourthinkingmath.blogspot.com/2016/03/lesson-idea-combining-like-terms.html?m=1" target="_blank">Combining Like Terms</a> from Show Your Thinking<br /><br />Show Your Thinking shared this MadTv video to introduce students to combining like terms. I like the hook and controversy that it can cause fro students.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/M2T7Z8PwESY" width="560"></iframe><br /><br /><a href="http://mrorr-isageek.com/double-clothesline-solving-equations/" target="_blank">Solving Two Step Equations</a> from Jon Orr<br /><br />I want to revisit this post closer to when I introduce two step equations. A double number line is used to help students determine the value of x.<br /><br /><a href="http://mrorr-isageek.com/flippity-flip-bottle-flip/" target="_blank">Flipping Bottles</a> also from Jon Orr<br /><br />I saw some talk on Twitter about making the flipping bottles fad a math activity and Jon Orr did just that. My students definitely flip bottles more than I would like and this activity would be fun for them.Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-91398497225023427232016-10-14T23:05:00.000-05:002016-10-14T23:05:00.705-05:00Rational Numbers Song<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/m94WTZP14SA" width="560"></iframe><br /><br />This song has been stuck in my head. When my students learn how to classify numbers, we listen to this song at least once a day. It is a simple song with lyrics that students are easy to remember.<br /><br />I dare you to listen to it 15 times in a week and not have it stuck in your head!Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-89168381321071469762016-10-09T10:05:00.000-05:002016-10-09T10:05:21.412-05:00Posts I Love--Part 7I love reading math blogs. I like reading what math teachers try in their classroom and reading their reflection on how it went.<br /><br />Here is a collection of blog posts I love!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.mathfireworks.com/2015/05/fraction-ordering-activities/" target="_blank">Fraction Ordering Activities from Math Fireworks--</a> The students will be practicing ordering rational numbers this week.This activity from Math Fireworks only talks about fractions, but I would like to expand it to include decimals and percents. I like the ideas of having students share their reasoning and discuss mistakes with each other.<br /><br />I found this game which is a very basic but necessary beginning practice for graphing in all four quadrants. <a href="http://mrnussbaum.com/stockshelves/" target="_blank">Stock the Shelves</a><br /><br /><a href="https://ispeakmath.org/2012/10/02/zero-game-for-integer-operations-and-absolute-value/" target="_blank">I Speak Math </a>shared this game. I will have it as a small group station to practice integer operations and absolute value. All I'll need is a deck of cards.<br /><br />Finally, I love this activity about volume over at <a href="http://highheelsandnumber2pencils.blogspot.com/2016/03/how-many-starburst-fill-our-classroom.html" target="_blank">No. 2 Pencils. </a> She poses the question "How many starburst can fill our classroom?" and students go about measuring and formulating plans to figure out the answer. Definitely a thing I want to try.<br /><br />Hopefully you are inspired to try something new!Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-47636588446240911892016-10-01T22:23:00.000-05:002016-10-01T22:23:58.011-05:00Positive and Negative Situations VocabularyThis week we started classifying numbers and I introduced integers and the concept of positive and negative numbers.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">We started by looking at a thermometer and a table with temperatures decreasing and asking the students what the temperature would be if the decreasing temperatures went below zero. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">This would also be a great time to ask students where they have seen/heard about negative numbers so they connect this new knowledge with what they already know. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Then I gave students words to sort into negative, positive or zero. Afterwards we I asked students to give me examples of they words belonged into each category. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">It would be "easy" to just skip over this vocabulary as we went into integer operations and word problems. However, I have several LEP students in my classes and just assuming they know these words will make things more difficult in the future. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-MaWGpB19_c0/V-_7hfo-yAI/AAAAAAAAD10/1MAxgnu1X2M/s640/blogger-image-1341265746.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-MaWGpB19_c0/V-_7hfo-yAI/AAAAAAAAD10/1MAxgnu1X2M/s640/blogger-image-1341265746.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HJY_kxQRXR4/V-_7iKMNlfI/AAAAAAAAD14/ICOQWNtYDC8/s640/blogger-image-2138432144.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HJY_kxQRXR4/V-_7iKMNlfI/AAAAAAAAD14/ICOQWNtYDC8/s640/blogger-image-2138432144.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">This sort is available in the <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Real-World-Integer-Situations-with-opposites-and-absolute-value-2800222" target="_blank">Real World Integer Situation Product </a>on TeachersPayTeachers. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Real-World-Integer-Situations-with-opposites-and-absolute-value-2800222" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4OqW4t6cv28/V_B9XZmKI-I/AAAAAAAAD2I/UlInJyh3YRIeoQgKK4Kp8uX1aEnT5yEeACLcB/s320/Cover.PNG" width="242" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-1468878652223728812016-09-24T12:21:00.002-05:002016-09-24T12:21:54.911-05:00Properties of Operations SortProperties of Operations is not my favorite thing to teach. I love how numbers work and sharing that with students but I am not a fan of having to memorize names.<br /><br />So students took notes and they found patterns in equations and describe the rules.<br /><br />For example, I put the following equations:<br /><br />1+0=1<br />0.54+0=0.54<br />34+0=34<br /><br />I asked them to find what rule these equations were describing and asked them to find an example of when the rule wouldn't work.<br /><br />I wanted students to see that they already knew most of these properties, they just didn't now the names.<br /><br />After they took notes, <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Properties-of-Operations-Card-Sort-2109304" target="_blank">we did a card sort</a>. Each group got a bag with the names of the properties we discussed and equations to match to the property.<br /><br />I love card sorts in math and I loved hearing the conversations they had as they disagreed and tried to convince each other. I also loved seeing them refer to their notebooks because my students see to forget that it is there.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rVTEmWsC3bc/V-aPHBL6ubI/AAAAAAAAD0w/UolHGjkSj_A/s640/blogger-image--1140652185.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="273" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rVTEmWsC3bc/V-aPHBL6ubI/AAAAAAAAD0w/UolHGjkSj_A/s400/blogger-image--1140652185.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">If groups finished early, I gave them a dry erase marker and had them write their own equations to show the different properties. I think I will do this part more later. For the few groups that got to it, it was a great way to see if they understood what each property said. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Properties-of-Operations-Card-Sort-2109304" target="_blank">If you are interested in the card sort, it is available on Teachers Pay Teachers. </a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Properties-of-Operations-Card-Sort-2109304" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/--hyYHJ6CodY/V-a2CVZlrgI/AAAAAAAAD1g/i3ZsvWjENDg6c4muVnasTVQJaJW9PWTrQCLcB/s320/Product%2BPage.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-71712819362100700122016-08-16T22:23:00.001-05:002016-08-16T22:24:53.809-05:00District Wide Math TrainingHere are the links to the handout, activity, and presentation.<br /><br /><a href="https://drive.google.com/a/conroeisd.net/file/d/0B57czXPKq6QQeXBVU0xsUFpGVk0/view?usp=sharing" target="_blank">Two Truths and a Lie</a><br /><br /><a href="https://drive.google.com/a/conroeisd.net/file/d/0B57czXPKq6QQVHBzQmJsU3JCYnc/view?usp=sharing" target="_blank">Handout</a><br /><br /><a href="https://drive.google.com/a/conroeisd.net/file/d/0B57czXPKq6QQbzFPWTR2Vmh6ajA/view?usp=sharing" target="_blank">Presentation </a><br /><br /><br />Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-51662029961303348732016-08-12T16:25:00.003-05:002016-08-13T14:34:56.386-05:00Mathematical Mindsets--Jo BoalerThis should be required reading for anyone who teachers math--from PK to College, from teachers to parents. (affiliate link below)<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=teacinanorgam-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0470894520&asins=0470894520&linkId=f910255bade44ffb262efeb0810d6e4c&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=true&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;">&lt;br /&gt; </iframe><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This book will change how I teacher math this year from the very first day of school. I will continue to blog about how things are going in my classroom, but here are a few bullet points of my main takeaways. </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"></div><ul><li>I am going to talk with my kids about brain research--not just once--but several times throughout the year and heavily the first two weeks of school. I have to change their mindset about math and their selves. </li><li>Homework will look extremely different. Jo Boaler says "homework perpetuates inequities in education." She even talks about how her family has two working parents and after everyone is home and fed for the evening, she wants to spend time with her daughters-not in frustration over homework. My homework was very light in the past, but this year it will be more reflections questions and maybe 1 problem to start on that we finish discussing in class. </li><li>"No one is born knowing math, and no one is born lacking the ability to learn math."</li><li>Mistakes are necessary!</li><li>My grading will look different--if mistakes are necessary, I can't punish students for making them. </li><li>Mental Math will improve--I especially want to show students ways to think about numbers to improve their number sense.</li><li>Boaler talks about using tasks that are "low floor, high ceiling." Everyone can access the task and anyone and take it further. </li></ul><div>One <a href="http://www.youcubed.org/">www.youcubed.org</a>--which is a website Jo Boaler is part of--there are two weeks of <a href="https://www.youcubed.org/week-of-inspirational-math/" target="_blank">inspirational math</a> with videos and activities designed to help students change their mindset about math. What I like most about the activities is they are "low ceiling, high floor" but they also give students practice to work together in math. Math should be a very social subject. I will be using (and blogging about) several about the activities the first two weeks of school. </div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Mathematical-Mindsets-Unleashing-Potential-Innovative/dp/0470894520/ref=as_li_ss_il?&linkCode=li3&tag=teacinanorgam-20&linkId=e3fec20d506960754cbc7301fce1c142" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=0470894520&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=teacinanorgam-20" /></a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=teacinanorgam-20&l=li3&o=1&a=0470894520" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /></div>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-15800028219409543742016-08-02T05:00:00.000-05:002016-08-02T05:00:15.015-05:00CAMT 2016--Jo BoalerI went to CAMT the first time this year and I presented. <div><br /></div><div><strike>I wanted to do a quick run down of my take aways from CAMT. </strike> This turned into a post just about Jo Boaler--everything else will be later. </div><div><br /></div><div>I have been a fan of Jo Boaler for awhile. I was first introduced to her through her book <u>What's math got to do with it? </u>She advocates for changing math education to reach more students and help more students become successful. Jo Boaler currently runs <a href="http://youcubed.org/">youcubed.org</a> which focuses on having a growth mindset. Here are some take away from her presentation.</div><div><br /></div><div><ul><li>Every child can excel (not just learn) math.</li><li>Schools decide who can and can't do math an an early age (This has always been one of my pet peeves. If a child wants to take an advanced math class and is willing to work, why should we stop him/her!)</li><li>The times we are challenged and struggling are the most beneficial times to learn</li><li>MISTAKES GROW YOUR BRAIN (I think this will be my motto for the coming school year)</li><li>Our message to students should be "I am giving you this feedback because I believe in you."</li><li>Speed, time, and pressure stop the brain from working</li><li>We need to stop associating math with speed--we turn away many students.</li><li>Students think that being good at math means being right</li><li>Students should use their fingers in math (I still use my fingers when I add and subtract.)</li></ul><div><br /></div></div><div>I want to take her presentation and really live it as a math teacher this year. I want my students to feel confident that can be successful at math. Math was always my hardest subject and it really wasn't until I took College Algebra that I understood any Algebra or until I had to study to take the GRE that I felt I had any type of number sense. I am still not the best, but I know that I will continue to learn and get better. I try to convey this message to my students every year and hopefully this year I can be more successful at it. </div><div><br /></div><div>What have you done in your classroom to help more students feel they can successful at math?</div>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-68399690979996882262016-07-31T05:00:00.000-05:002016-07-31T10:46:46.147-05:00Happy Planner<div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pDH8_2LsObU/V50U7SOYLeI/AAAAAAAADzM/sF-9eL753Ic/s640/blogger-image-495816476.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pDH8_2LsObU/V50U7SOYLeI/AAAAAAAADzM/sF-9eL753Ic/s640/blogger-image-495816476.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Z0Qf7eO5KMc/V50U9a7C6sI/AAAAAAAADzU/JATJD1UGZfk/s640/blogger-image-1419800612.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>I search for the perfect planner every year. I drive my husband crazy going into store after store finding the one I want. I have wanted an Erin Condren planner for a while, but couldn't justify spending that much money and I wasn't in love with it.<br /><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So I bought this planner at Michael's after looking at it for 20 minutes. And I couldn't even see the inside because it was inside a box! Very not normal for me and the fastest I have ever picked out a planner. Also, with a coupon, it was about $25. And it came with stickers, a pen, and a highligher. </div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's the My Mind's Eye Happy Planner and they have a bunch of different styles but I went for the teacher one. Here is the cover. It has a plastic cover to keep it safe and a nice message. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pDH8_2LsObU/V50U7SOYLeI/AAAAAAAADzM/sF-9eL753Ic/s1600/blogger-image-495816476.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pDH8_2LsObU/V50U7SOYLeI/AAAAAAAADzM/sF-9eL753Ic/s320/blogger-image-495816476.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Each month has an overview page to write goals, tasks, etc. And it comes with a pocket. Right now my pocket holds the stickers it came with, plus some stickers I bought. </div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Did you know that planner art is a thing? My instagram is full of pretty pictures of people who have decorated their planner with stickers, washi tape, stamps, gorgeous handwriting, etc. I don't have time/patience/money to take all that on, but I like a few stickers to make my planner more fun. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wXrjvARYDfo/V50U_sZyz6I/AAAAAAAADzc/-NnEbnEQ54Y/s640/blogger-image-1937477215.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Z0Qf7eO5KMc/V50U9a7C6sI/AAAAAAAADzU/JATJD1UGZfk/s320/blogger-image-1419800612.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Each month also has a month at a glance-with dates already filled in. I need the dates already filled in--I make too many mistakes when I do it myself. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wXrjvARYDfo/V50U_sZyz6I/AAAAAAAADzc/-NnEbnEQ54Y/s640/blogger-image-1937477215.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wXrjvARYDfo/V50U_sZyz6I/AAAAAAAADzc/-NnEbnEQ54Y/s320/blogger-image-1937477215.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div>Then each month comes with 5 lesson plan pages. I only have two classes to prep for (advance and on level math) so I don't need all the columns--but I also use my planner for outside school (probably more often). I think eventually I will print some labels I can put at the top there for all my categories of things to plan for.<br /><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wXrjvARYDfo/V50U_sZyz6I/AAAAAAAADzc/-NnEbnEQ54Y/s640/blogger-image-1937477215.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-nFuFug0G3b0/V50U6jJVa5I/AAAAAAAADzI/lyePUu4dMqE/s320/blogger-image--1199424557.jpg" width="320" /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Each month also comes with some motivation sayings. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ItXs9pagGVA/V50U-W8aCMI/AAAAAAAADzY/yktalKigxDk/s640/blogger-image--551846662.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ItXs9pagGVA/V50U-W8aCMI/AAAAAAAADzY/yktalKigxDk/s320/blogger-image--551846662.jpg" width="240" /></a><img border="0" height="320" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-E35MtN-qK6M/V50U8ZVutoI/AAAAAAAADzQ/dPLFllvj64I/s320/blogger-image--1248255699.jpg" width="240" /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And finally it has some check lists. There are 10 pages here. I am not sure if I will use this because I don't like the idea of writing student names, and I would need at least 12 to get through the year, and I like my current system of just printing an excel spreadsheet with all my student names where I can write out assignments and grades. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-BfCd2pgbNmU/V50VAgjldSI/AAAAAAAADzg/EBGSQsM0GtM/s640/blogger-image--950907252.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-BfCd2pgbNmU/V50VAgjldSI/AAAAAAAADzg/EBGSQsM0GtM/s320/blogger-image--950907252.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So here is my happy planner. It almost gives me the motivation to start planning some stuff--but don't worry. I am still on summer break. You might have noticed I have potty training and moving my toddler to a big girl bed to work on this month--no easy tasks. </div><br />Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-70674995914023262732016-07-30T12:29:00.000-05:002016-07-30T16:44:05.180-05:00Two Truths and a Lie--Writing in Math Class<div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rWqS6qoOmOM/V0hRs-kK_SI/AAAAAAAADec/ww7jYyOZdzI/s640/blogger-image--545717606.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rWqS6qoOmOM/V0hRs-kK_SI/AAAAAAAADec/ww7jYyOZdzI/s640/blogger-image--545717606.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VePQygldv4A/V0hRu_CvE5I/AAAAAAAADek/wiImd-mmHAM/s640/blogger-image--1045193697.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I had a goal to have my students write more in math class this year, without making writing such a big deal. When students hear that they are writing in math, their responses range from disbelief to outright indignation. "Why are we writing in math?! This isn't English." </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">So I try to sneak it in their when possible. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-F6-kEd8rmu4/V50fmBPk8ZI/AAAAAAAADzw/G0nzH1YZE3YcTdQp6ZCDPKAE4S2-JtmgwCLcB/s1600/Two%2BTruths%2Band%2Ba%2BLie.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-F6-kEd8rmu4/V50fmBPk8ZI/AAAAAAAADzw/G0nzH1YZE3YcTdQp6ZCDPKAE4S2-JtmgwCLcB/s400/Two%2BTruths%2Band%2Ba%2BLie.jpg" width="266" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I did this activity with my students at the end of the year--really the last few weeks of school, after STAAR testing was over. I was pleasantly surprised how engaged they were and I am excited to try it again next year when summer isn't on everyone's mind. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">In this activity, we start by playing Two Truths and a Lie-- the get to know you game. This can work at anytime of the year as students always like sharing things about themselves. I first share two truths and one lie about myself (this is how I announced my pregnancy to my students last year) so students know what to do. Then, I give each student a post-it and ask them to write Two truths and one lie about themselves then they share with their group and the other students guess what is the lie. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I spent about 10 minutes on this part. It gets students talking to each other and excited about class. This way when they go into the activity they are smiling and laughing instead of depressed that they have to writing. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Then I explain we are going to do Two Truths and a Lie-- The Math Version. Each group is given a sheet of paper with a graphic or word problem on it. There are 2-3 students per group, so I will have about 12 different papers distributed around the room. The group is then asked to write two truths and one lie about the graphic or word problem. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QmXOqGBEusA/V5yhojLrjrI/AAAAAAAADyM/3bLCVR2hy5YxQCcuvh6K8D_I8O_bgt8NwCLcB/s1600/Sample.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QmXOqGBEusA/V5yhojLrjrI/AAAAAAAADyM/3bLCVR2hy5YxQCcuvh6K8D_I8O_bgt8NwCLcB/s320/Sample.PNG" width="239" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I did model this for my students before I passed out the papers. I asked them to dig deep and come up with something profound--not something like there are two dots on this graph. I was happy that some students voluntarily did computation as their truths and then wrote a sentence about it instead of just stating facts they could see without computation. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-arZMM11MWAE/V0hRtjC-KjI/AAAAAAAADeg/aospl_DR_g8/s640/blogger-image--1690938083.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-arZMM11MWAE/V0hRtjC-KjI/AAAAAAAADeg/aospl_DR_g8/s640/blogger-image--1690938083.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">After all groups had their two truths and a lie written down, I gave each student 4 post-its and asked them to find the lies on 4 other papers. I asked them to write a sentence about why it was a lie instead of just stating "Number 2 is a lie."</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VePQygldv4A/V0hRu_CvE5I/AAAAAAAADek/wiImd-mmHAM/s320/blogger-image--1045193697.jpg" width="240" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rWqS6qoOmOM/V0hRs-kK_SI/AAAAAAAADec/ww7jYyOZdzI/s320/blogger-image--545717606.jpg" width="320" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">In the process, students found that some papers had two lies or that there weren't any lies at all--either students didn't follow instructions, or they had made a mistake. </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Here are some students papers after the activity. </div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xrSEvrpHIJ4/V5yisuzbxyI/AAAAAAAADyc/M6p86A0dkpE7WUU4mMGAftDg7oZ35-KPgCLcB/s1600/FullSizeRender%2B%252828%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xrSEvrpHIJ4/V5yisuzbxyI/AAAAAAAADyc/M6p86A0dkpE7WUU4mMGAftDg7oZ35-KPgCLcB/s320/FullSizeRender%2B%252828%2529.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_By-Oybia5Y/V5yiq_Hq7MI/AAAAAAAADyY/n65Wvs1x9lEzG9fFlXtcz6lK1yqyxJwuQCLcB/s1600/FullSizeRender%2B%252829%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_By-Oybia5Y/V5yiq_Hq7MI/AAAAAAAADyY/n65Wvs1x9lEzG9fFlXtcz6lK1yqyxJwuQCLcB/s320/FullSizeRender%2B%252829%2529.jpg" width="272" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-liNNg4UN9c0/V5yi4IizmxI/AAAAAAAADyo/mgQwXm66LN00ErajwbP36gij-b7SqHmtQCLcB/s1600/FullSizeRender%2B%252832%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-liNNg4UN9c0/V5yi4IizmxI/AAAAAAAADyo/mgQwXm66LN00ErajwbP36gij-b7SqHmtQCLcB/s320/FullSizeRender%2B%252832%2529.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YeCbfnOe4KM/V5yi5OQiB2I/AAAAAAAADys/y7HzzRtizUoizUoJjqFpW1Yrbp45X-w9ACLcB/s1600/FullSizeRender%2B%252833%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YeCbfnOe4KM/V5yi5OQiB2I/AAAAAAAADys/y7HzzRtizUoizUoJjqFpW1Yrbp45X-w9ACLcB/s320/FullSizeRender%2B%252833%2529.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This activity can be made easily-- you can take pictures of graphics in textbooks, worksheets, make your own graphics, etc. You can have the whole activity be centered around one concept, or a review of several concepts. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I have a <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Writing-FREEBIE-Two-Truths-and-a-Lie-2695112" target="_blank">FREE sample</a> of what I used in my classroom--it is appropriate for grade levels 6-8. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Writing-FREEBIE-Two-Truths-and-a-Lie-2695112" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P2Oz04lyRls/V5ynGFmObMI/AAAAAAAADzA/BbgypHt46dI-xhPdX3ZxfZNLTlW0hA6UgCEw/s320/1sample.PNG" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-4733721400713923322016-07-04T00:39:00.000-05:002016-07-04T00:39:50.471-05:00Excused AbsenceIf you are looking for my CAMT presentation materials, <a href="http://teachingwithstowe.blogspot.com/2016/06/camt-presentation-links.html" target="_blank">click here</a>.<br /><br />I have been MIA for a while on this blog and in life. But my reason is good.<br /><br />My baby girl is going to be a big sister this December and this pregnancy has taken a toll on me. I have done basically nothing but go to work and then come home and crash for the last two months. I am starting to feel a little better and now I have a short time in summer to prepare for everything I want to get done before school starts and then before baby gets here.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TdYvZYIx-EU/V3n1nFKtoOI/AAAAAAAADxI/jjbZVzmN0PEoHnBZiVmVpN4-pFXLR_z9QCLcB/s1600/13419177_10102610825636469_5573271902435614037_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TdYvZYIx-EU/V3n1nFKtoOI/AAAAAAAADxI/jjbZVzmN0PEoHnBZiVmVpN4-pFXLR_z9QCLcB/s320/13419177_10102610825636469_5573271902435614037_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />We couldn't be more excited for this new baby.<br /><br />I attended CAMT in San Antonio and presented and heard lots of interesting ideas. I am planning a post to reflect about all I have learned this week.Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-80800159079890160552016-06-29T10:11:00.000-05:002016-06-29T20:14:27.453-05:00CAMT Presentation LinksThank you to everyone who attended my session. Hopefully, you feel ready to start getting your students to write about math in your classroom.<br /><br />As promised, here are the links to the presentation and handouts:<br /><br /><br /><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-OKD0G_sb9hc3FROTZaZ1lFMUk/view?usp=sharing" target="_blank">Presentation </a><br /><br /><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-OKD0G_sb9hYzFqWW8weUI2Mlk/view?usp=sharing" target="_blank">Handout</a><br /><br /><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-OKD0G_sb9hU0haSVFaeFU5S3M/view?usp=sharing" target="_blank">Two Truths and a Lie Activity </a><br /><br /><br />You can also follow me on twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/randi_raquel" target="_blank">@randi_raquel</a>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-11972332921948412822016-05-02T19:48:00.002-05:002016-05-02T19:55:58.561-05:00Teacher Appreciation Sale and Giveaway!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">It is Teacher Appreciation Week and Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sale!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The sale starts tomorrow and goes until Wednesday--May 3 and 4. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ggpipexjapg/Vyfyp0O0-CI/AAAAAAAADbc/oEFujPenMsgh7o-3IT1hGiGSl-1-IkP5gCLcB/s1600/TpT%2BGiveaway.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="211" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ggpipexjapg/Vyfyp0O0-CI/AAAAAAAADbc/oEFujPenMsgh7o-3IT1hGiGSl-1-IkP5gCLcB/s320/TpT%2BGiveaway.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I am having a sale as well! <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Teaching-In-An-Organized-Mess" target="_blank">Visit my store here!</a> You can get 28% off every item in the store--don't forget to enter the code CELEBRATE as you check out to get the full discount. </div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">You can also enter to win one of 2 TeachersPayTeachers $10 gift cards. Follow my store for two entries and then you have a few ways to add more entries. The giveaway will close on May 4 at midnight! Enter now before it's too late. Two winners will be notified on May 5. </div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="5f3c468b1" data-template="" data-theme="classic" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5f3c468b1/" id="rcwidget_jhoezm2p" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></div>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-32902407776442235232016-04-02T18:07:00.000-05:002016-04-02T18:07:32.739-05:00Percent Bar GraphWe are right in the middle of our statistics unit. Yesterday we started percent bar graphs.<br /><br />Here is what I found is the most important thing about bar graphs--use data the students connect to. For this categorical data, I collected it from the students. The day before I had them fill out a google form and for each class I used their data--and a few from the other classes to make it 25 different people.<br /><br />We started with taking these notes I came up with the morning of. I rarely have a full page of notes like this without any foldables/cloze notes for my students with accommodations--but I didn't have time to print something.<br /><br />HOWEVER, notes like this make me EXTREMELY happy. They are so pretty. Early in my teaching career, I had students just write out notes and every time I would have them admire my/their work.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NBTmRBUVo8w/VwBK5pz5CeI/AAAAAAAADao/lgXyg8YPq7M/s640/blogger-image-18364423.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NBTmRBUVo8w/VwBK5pz5CeI/AAAAAAAADao/lgXyg8YPq7M/s640/blogger-image-18364423.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">For the class percent bar graph, we graphed for "How many letters are in your first name?"</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">After we did it as a class, I gave groups the print out of the data I had collected. They had to choose one question and make a relative frequency table and a percent bar graph. Here are some examples:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-l15S9jY9dOA/VwBK3vZ8ReI/AAAAAAAADag/WOLcpAxHFns/s640/blogger-image-1105936377.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-l15S9jY9dOA/VwBK3vZ8ReI/AAAAAAAADag/WOLcpAxHFns/s640/blogger-image-1105936377.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-sr_zX4lfozo/VwBK4gLkWMI/AAAAAAAADak/csWP2Tx9UOU/s640/blogger-image--812061484.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-sr_zX4lfozo/VwBK4gLkWMI/AAAAAAAADak/csWP2Tx9UOU/s640/blogger-image--812061484.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">The students to that data and tried to find which line was theirs and got so excited about it. Instead of just giving them random numbers to make a graph with, giving them something they can connect to has made the difference. Nobody complained about doing this--the only complaints I got was that they didn't get to help enough. </div><br />Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-28296035363414926652016-03-30T06:00:00.000-05:002016-03-30T06:00:02.437-05:00Area of Polygons PracticeAfter the students learned the area of triangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids, they needed to practice.<br /><br />It would be easy to give them a worksheet with the shapes on it and all the measurements given and they just have to plug the numbers into the formula the solve.<br /><br />Worksheets can be useful, but when there is a way to not do a worksheet, do it.<br /><br />I did this activity last year and wish I would have saved all the shapes I made. So I remade them again and laminated them.<br /><br />I drew 10-12 triangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids each. I spread them around the room and asked the students to find the area of the shapes. They measured everything to the nearest centimeters.<br /><br />To make them talk to each other about it, I asked them to verify their answers with their classmates. I put a large poster at the front of the room with a table of the shapes. Once students have verified their answers with 3 other classmates, they could start adding the area of the shapes to the poster. <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CVv3mg67T1Q/VuxhMl0sf3I/AAAAAAAADY4/duRGAsYXias/s640/blogger-image-116809791.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CVv3mg67T1Q/VuxhMl0sf3I/AAAAAAAADY4/duRGAsYXias/s640/blogger-image-116809791.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Once I made and laminated all the shapes, the activity was easy to put together. I didn't even use any copies! Just notebook paper.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">In Texas, 6th graders are to "<span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">determine solutions for problems involving </span><span class="InsertionChar" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">the</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"> area </span><span class="InsertionChar" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">of</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"> rectangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, and triangles and volume of right rectangular prisms </span><span class="InsertionChar" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">where </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">dimensions </span><span class="InsertionChar" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">are</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"> positive rational numbers." This activity helps them do that. </span></div>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-19191606392731062432016-03-28T06:00:00.000-05:002016-03-28T06:00:16.742-05:00Decomposing a Trapezoid--Finding the AreaThis has been one of my most favorite and wonderful lessons of my entire teaching career. My students pleasant surprised me with how awesome they are.<br /><br />Students need to be able to explain how shapes can be decomposed into other shapes to find the area--that is how the formulas are derived.<br /><br />There are several different ways trapezoids can be decomposed and rearranged to make other shapes. Before this lesson, the students had a guided lesson to decompose parallelograms to rectangles and triangles to parallelograms. So they had previous experience with cutting and rearranging shapes.<br /><br />I wanted to see if they could take what they had done and apply it to trapezoids.<br /><br />And they did awesome.<br /><br />I gave them a sheet of trapeziods and a ruler. I asked them to pick any trapezoid and find a way to decompose it, rearrange it, and find the area.<br /><br />My advanced class found 8 different ways to find the area. My on-level class found 5 different ways.<br /><br />I don't have the list we made in front of me, but these are some of the ones I remember they were able to find.<br /><br /><ul><li>Cut the trapezoid by the diagonal to make two triangles</li><li>Cut off two triangles at the ends to make one square and one rectangle</li><li>Cut off one triangle and you have a triangle and a rectangle (When one of the sides of the trapezoid is also the height</li><li>Cut the trapezoid by the height, rearrange and make a rectangle</li><li>Double the trapezoid to make a parallelogram</li><li>Cut off one triangle, add to the other side to make a rectangle</li></ul><div><br /></div><div>After the students spent some time exploring, I had students share what they found. We looked at the measurements of the original trapezoids and of the new shapes they created and found some patterns.</div><div><br /></div><div>Sometimes, the new base was in between the two original bases(specifically it was the average of the two bases). When you had a triangle, you used the formula 1/2bh and added to the area of the other piece. If you doubled the trapezoid, you would have to half the area of your new shape. </div><div><br /></div><div>The last step was to write a formula that they could use to find the area of a trapezoid so they wouldn't have to decompose a trapezoid every time they wanted to find the area. I'll need to improve this part of the lesson. Students got the adding something, the multiplying the height and either multiplying by 1/2 or dividing by 2, just not in a way that would work. </div><div><br /></div><div>It was a fun lesson and I was walking around so excited all day long because they were doing such a good job trying and finding ways to decompose the trapezoids!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NgRVG4WfrVU/VuxhFUovw1I/AAAAAAAADY0/s5fWLkFuU-Y/s640/blogger-image--1644385318.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NgRVG4WfrVU/VuxhFUovw1I/AAAAAAAADY0/s5fWLkFuU-Y/s640/blogger-image--1644385318.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-glkbbNPa4MA/VuxhUNJ7KoI/AAAAAAAADY8/lhnRZXWMHk4/s640/blogger-image-1874174984.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-glkbbNPa4MA/VuxhUNJ7KoI/AAAAAAAADY8/lhnRZXWMHk4/s640/blogger-image-1874174984.jpg" /></a></div><br />Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-66128393536513906052016-03-24T23:16:00.003-05:002016-03-24T23:16:40.485-05:00Measures of CenterWe started our unit on Statistics after spring break. It is one of my favorite things to do and teach and it is not easy for students to understand. There are so many little things about that you understand once you've studied statistics for awhile. I took some pretty intense statistics classes in college, so I feel like everyone should learn everything about it--I have to remind myself that my 6th graders need to be gradually introduced to it.<br /><br />So this is the foldable we created for Mean, Median, Mode, and Range--I let my students use my markers and they loved it--I'll have to pull out markers more often.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rCccHfu_Qeg/VvS0UgQdmBI/AAAAAAAADZ4/VF1Odvqq1SU/s640/blogger-image--1016575851.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rCccHfu_Qeg/VvS0UgQdmBI/AAAAAAAADZ4/VF1Odvqq1SU/s640/blogger-image--1016575851.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lhQFyFQqA38/VvS0TfiZRcI/AAAAAAAADZ0/HLOYKjycgqw/s640/blogger-image-1647092539.jpg" /></div><br />I read this book in college and it is so interesting. It's been a few years since I've read it, I might have to pull it out again.<br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=teacinanorgam-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0520274709&asins=0520274709&linkId=UD3X45JL37PMRKFM&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"><br /></iframe>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-62121616801411373942016-03-20T01:22:00.004-05:002016-03-20T01:22:44.957-05:00Properties of Operations PocketsI love little pockets in notebooks. They are also a great way for students to sort things and resort them later to quiz themselves.<br /><br />This properties of operations page is my favorite.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hVALPH0-KVQ/Vuxhm-NoIbI/AAAAAAAADZE/PuLbe4COhsw/s640/blogger-image-1536165579.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hVALPH0-KVQ/Vuxhm-NoIbI/AAAAAAAADZE/PuLbe4COhsw/s640/blogger-image-1536165579.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">All the cards with 10 different properties of operations is available on <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Properties-of-Operations-Card-Sort-2109304" target="_blank">Teachers Pay Teachers.</a> </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Properties-of-Operations-Card-Sort-2109304" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QwJbWzVp_EA/Vu5ApQwjFXI/AAAAAAAADZg/LNxlmW65AVoe4-23_423SB-i9jBUDYqPw/s320/Properties%2Bof%2BOperations.PNG" width="318" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-45089833276656249572016-03-09T07:40:00.000-06:002016-03-09T07:40:05.041-06:00Classifying Numbers--Nesting Containers6th grade is the first time students in Texas have to classify numbers. It has been a difficult concept for my students to understand--especially that numbers can "fit" into several different classifications.<br /><br />I found some "nesting" tupperware to help my students visualize it. I have kept this handy in my classroom so every time we talk about classifying numbers, I pull these out.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9jgGUfJ9rJg/Vt97pUqp8mI/AAAAAAAADYM/G3DJpXHt5WQ/s640/blogger-image--1972663733.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="161" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9jgGUfJ9rJg/Vt97pUqp8mI/AAAAAAAADYM/G3DJpXHt5WQ/s400/blogger-image--1972663733.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rm5hi3pul8M/Vt97qcocWGI/AAAAAAAADYQ/RYMkm0FK_YU/s640/blogger-image-1511190480.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rm5hi3pul8M/Vt97qcocWGI/AAAAAAAADYQ/RYMkm0FK_YU/s400/blogger-image-1511190480.jpg" width="361" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So if we classify a number as a natural number, it is also a whole number, integer, and rational numbers since it "fits" into the bother containers. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HNRzF5Ng2AE/Vt97rgWlnjI/AAAAAAAADYU/HX3t8GT3t1Q/s640/blogger-image--509962908.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HNRzF5Ng2AE/Vt97rgWlnjI/AAAAAAAADYU/HX3t8GT3t1Q/s400/blogger-image--509962908.jpg" width="324" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I have 7 different classifying rational numbers stations <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classifying-Rational-Numbers-Stations-2374354" target="_blank">available in my store</a>. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classifying-Rational-Numbers-Stations-2374354" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JVdYx11bH10/Vt99_ll-xEI/AAAAAAAADYg/Mp9NfSpTXM0/s320/Slide1.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-67308436421967184192016-03-07T07:00:00.000-06:002016-03-07T07:00:16.259-06:00Triangle Inequality Theorem<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This is the second year I have taught the Triangle Inequality Theorem using spaghetti and I love doing it this way. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">First I had students copy the table into their notebook and gave them a piece of spaghetti. Their instructions were to break it into three uneven pieces, measure the three pieces, and record their measurements under the columns short side, medium side, and long side. (I asked them to do three uneven pieces because last year too many students broke them into the exact same length and it was more difficult to illustrate the concept)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-tYIBDv4P9GE/Vttb5OFpm7I/AAAAAAAADXM/r0uxCk_Qfjg/s640/blogger-image--1137577930.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-tYIBDv4P9GE/Vttb5OFpm7I/AAAAAAAADXM/r0uxCk_Qfjg/s320/blogger-image--1137577930.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As the students were measuring, I was walking around the room asking students to write their measurements on the board. I looked for a mixture of those who lengths that would make a triangle and those who did not. I asked a few students to come to the board and share their triangle lengths. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-blyEeZe3d-s/Vttb6WWr7QI/AAAAAAAADXQ/nTPmEyZssoQ/s640/blogger-image-1407681680.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="234" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-blyEeZe3d-s/Vttb6WWr7QI/AAAAAAAADXQ/nTPmEyZssoQ/s320/blogger-image-1407681680.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>BEFORE filling out the short + medium column, I ask students to try to make a triangle with their pieces. I asked the students who wrote their measurements on the board if their length pieces made a triangle and we added a "yes" or a "no" to the last column.<br /><br />I didn't have the column labeled Short+Medium yet. So with 4/5 columns filled in, I asked the students to look for a pattern. Some classes were able to see that when two small side lengths were more than the large one, there was a triangle.<br /><br />For the class that did not come to that conclusion, we added the short+medium, then added up those two sides and I asked them to look again.<br /><br />It is one of my favorite lessons of the year. After we determined what the Triangle Inequality Theorem says, we put <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Triangle-Inequality-Theorem-Notes-2387189" target="_blank">this foldable into the student notebooks. </a> My students did really well explaining when a triangle could be formed.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Triangle-Inequality-Theorem-Notes-2387189" target="_blank">This foldable is now available in my store. </a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Triangle-Inequality-Theorem-Notes-2387189" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-WL_UWTTE3Hs/Vttb3zwnzyI/AAAAAAAADXI/FjG2WT6O2JU/s320/blogger-image--803341548.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Triangle-Inequality-Theorem-Notes-2387189" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="180" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZH2kSHwoEBc/Vttb7cxF7MI/AAAAAAAADXU/Fjfbfv0Yve4/s320/blogger-image-1561634223.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-19758113793831825732016-03-05T09:21:00.000-06:002016-03-05T09:21:19.742-06:00Integer-naryInteger-nary!<br /><div><br /></div><div>I finally did this for my class. I read about it <a href="http://mrpiccmath.weebly.com/blog/integer-nary" target="_blank">here </a>and <a href="http://www.mathcoachscorner.com/2012/04/math-pictionary/" target="_blank">here </a>.</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lMxONZHsmXA/VpxrUIPs8qI/AAAAAAAADVM/II1icdxK0nw/s640/blogger-image--1725982700.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lMxONZHsmXA/VpxrUIPs8qI/AAAAAAAADVM/II1icdxK0nw/s640/blogger-image--1725982700.jpg" /></a></div><br />I really liked it and I loved watching them do it. They had some great conversations about what models to use to represent integer operations and it helped me see where they need more help.<br /><br />I made cards with various integer problems on it like -5+3 and 4*-2 and they had to model the expression and their partner had to write the expression that matched it.<br /><br />I think this could also work with algebraic expressions and equations--and that will be my next station to try with my students. </div>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-32334573150863015762016-03-03T21:42:00.000-06:002016-03-03T21:42:30.579-06:00Lucky to Be a Teacher Giveaway<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">There is a giveaway going on RIGHT NOW for all types of products. I have a product in the Middle-High School Category. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f5Go05CL53w/VtkB4RSUkDI/AAAAAAAADWw/j6msDuu8Bn8/s1600/ThursGiveaway.png" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="251" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-f5Go05CL53w/VtkB4RSUkDI/AAAAAAAADWw/j6msDuu8Bn8/s320/ThursGiveaway.png" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Why Am I Lucky to be a Teacher?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Right now, I am thinking it is because Spring Break is coming up! Only 6 more school days before all the sleeping in begins!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">But real talk (that's what the kids say), I am lucky to watch kids grow and change and try to become their best selves. I love watching kids get the math I'm teaching. I love watching kids explain math concepts to their peers and being successful!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Teachers have a responsibility to nurture and help students grow to be responsible citizens. 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The giveaway ends Sunday Night.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Thank you to <a href="http://countlesssmartcookies.blogspot.com/2016/03/lucky-to-be-teacher.html" target="_blank">Countless Smart Cookies</a> for hosting this giveaway!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4132065050066702623.post-71904864015159968262016-01-30T23:39:00.000-06:002016-01-31T22:42:56.941-06:00Learning to Love Data--Planning for Test ReviewEnter the $25 TpT giveaway below!<br /><br />It's almost the time of year teachers enter into panic mode and freak their students out by talking about the dreaded Test.<br /><br />We don't mean to freak our students out, but we want them to show what they know! This test shows if we did our job or not, right?<br /><br />I use another thing teachers dread to plan out how I am going to review: Data. I love it; I don't always love what it says. But, I'm a math teacher, why wouldn't I love data.<br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qdWSWtBZe2k/Vq2b2qA0EPI/AAAAAAAADWQ/wcv0TJojQ-o/s1600/Learn%2Bto%2BLove%2BData.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="335" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qdWSWtBZe2k/Vq2b2qA0EPI/AAAAAAAADWQ/wcv0TJojQ-o/s400/Learn%2Bto%2BLove%2BData.jpg" width="400" /></a>Before reviewing for the test begins, I look at data. While we are reviewing for the test, I look at data. It helps me form a plan and make sure that I am using the precious few weeks of review effectively and efficiently.<br /><br /><span id="goog_454916780"></span><span id="goog_454916781"></span><br />Where do I get this data?<br /><br /><b>1. Tests</b><br /><br />First, you have to have tests you can collect data from. What is the point of giving a test if you aren't going to use it to adjust your instruction?<br /><br />In order to collect data from tests, you have to write a test that gives you data. From the first year I taught, I have created tests with my team based on the standards we were teaching. We decide how many questions, which standards to test and then wrote or found questions. We coded each test with the standards we were testing.<br /><br />The last few years of teaching, the districts I taught in had Eduphoria-which is awesome at tracking data. Once you input the test question and the standard it aligns to, all the work is done for you. Before I had Eduphoria, that data was collected by hand. I counted up how many students missed which questions--which are already aligned to the standards--and I had a picture of how my class did as a whole.<br /><br />Once I have the data, I have an idea of which concepts need to be reviewed. I don't pick them all! Instead, I choose topics that I know will be more heavily covered on the test AND those that I feel students will be able to master in the short amount of time we will have left.<br /><br /><b>2. Exit Tickets</b><br /><br />If you want some data that is quick and easy, exit tickets are your answer. They can be short responses or multiple choice. You can quickly look through the exit tickets and sort your students into piles and make groups.<br /><br />If your exit tickets has 3 multiple choice questions, you sort students into groups based on how many they got right and then create your small groups based on that.<br /><br />My lesson plans during review time are flexible. I know which standards I am covering and about how much time I want to spend. With exit tickets, I know if what I am doing is working or if I need to spend an extra day.<br /><br /><b>3. Observations</b><br /><br />Not all data has to be quantitative! Qualitative data and teacher instinct can have its place, but don't base all your review decisions on it.<br /><br />I might have students that second guess themselves while testing, or rely on their group for the answers, or who preform well in class, but bomb the tests. 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I like seeing how different other schedules are and but how everything is basically the same. I tried to be as detailed as possible. Enjoy!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-x9mx8J4xp4o/VphQIHLrpnI/AAAAAAAADVA/2s1K4YglvL8/s1600/adayinthelife.png" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="174" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-x9mx8J4xp4o/VphQIHLrpnI/AAAAAAAADVA/2s1K4YglvL8/s320/adayinthelife.png" width="320" /></a></div><br />Wednesday January 13<br /><br />6:00--Alarm goes off. For the first time. I am one of those, hit the snooze button.<br />6:09--Alarm goes off. Hit Snooze<br />6:18--Alarm goes off. Turn it off. I lay in bed a check email and convince myself it is time to move.<br />6:23--I actually get out of bed. My husband is out of town, so I have the bathroom all to myself.<br />6:45--Wake up my daughter. She is cranky in the mornings and doesn't like waking up so early. Who does?<br />7:00--Take out the trash and leave the house.<br />7:03--Drop off daughter at day care<br />7:35--Arrive at work. I am not a fan of the commute, but it does allow me to listen to books or podcasts. This morning, I am listening to "Dad is Fat" by Jim Gaffigan.<br />7:37--Enter classroom, set stuff down. Finish a letter to my Destination Imagination students and parents about future practice dates.<br />7:50--Head to break room to put away lunch, make oatmeal for breakfast, fill up water cup.<br />8:00--Students are dismissed to classes at 8am for early start. It is my week for duty for my team. Students work on homework or work on iLearn during this time.<br />8:30--Most of the buses have arrived and my team mates come pick up their homeroom students.<br />8:40--Announcements<br />8:45--School officially starts.<br />8:45-10:20--Advanced 6th grade math. We do Daily Math Review, we have a lesson where I introduce ratios, and we do some guided math/stations.<br /><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ImJRtZbDWXg/VphOvx1-w8I/AAAAAAAADUc/7w7MSK03T_0/s640/blogger-image--1235935886.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ImJRtZbDWXg/VphOvx1-w8I/AAAAAAAADUc/7w7MSK03T_0/s640/blogger-image--1235935886.jpg" /></a></div><br />10:20-11:00--Next class. 6th grade math. This class is broken up by lunch. We do basically the same outline as the previous class.<br />11:00--Lunch. I do not work during lunch. I eat in the break room. My group of lunch teachers is not a negative bunch, so no need to avoid the break room!<br />11:30--Pick up class and continue math class.<br />11:30-12:45 Finish 2nd lunch period<br />12:45-1:55--Third class. 6th grade math. Similar schedule. With this class, I save Daily Math Review (the warm up) for the very end of the day. It calms them down after coming back from PE.<br />2:00-3:10 Fine Arts/PE for students Conference for me.<br /><br />Conference--No official meetings today. I copy the Destination Imagination letter for my teams. Copy some stations for guided math. I respond to emails, I attempt to clean off my desk a little bit--it doesn't stay clean for long. I meet with my math team to plan a tentative schedule for everything we need to cover during our ratio and proportion unit. I check my box.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-sRUv-SCR_QE/VphOw_K3OeI/AAAAAAAADUk/9SL0wyjZYlQ/s640/blogger-image--379599272.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-sRUv-SCR_QE/VphOw_K3OeI/AAAAAAAADUk/9SL0wyjZYlQ/s640/blogger-image--379599272.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div>3:10--Pick up my students from Fine Arts PE.<br />3:15-3:45--Second part of third period. This is the hardest part of the day. Students are hyper from FAPE and think the day is over.<br />3:45--dismissal starts. We dismiss students from our rooms. Car riders and walkers leave first. Then buses are dismissed one at time as they arrive. Usually all the buses are gone by 4:30. Since I have early duty this week, I send my students to my team mates team at 4. A normal day, I would go home. But...<br />4:00--Destination Imagination practice starts. It is a competition for all grade levels where students solve a challenge and present it on competition day.<br />5:00--Practice Over. Kids leave. I leave<br />5:10--Stop at grocery store.<br />5:45--Pick up daughter.<br />5:50--Arrive at Home.<br />6:00-8:30--Eat dinner. Watch Frozen (daughter's current favorite movie). Play with daughter. Ignore the cleaning I should do. Shower.<br />8:30--Put daughter to bed. She only lets me put her to bed when my husband is not home. If he is, I am not allowed to put her to bed, only Daddy can.<br />8:40--Sit in the dark and read on my ipad until I am sure my daughter is asleep and I can turn on the TV.<br />8:50-10:30--Watch Netflix/Hulu. Tonight I watch Superstore on Hulu and Bones on Netflix. As I watch TV, I am working on lesson plans. I make some ratio notes for my students. Research activities for equivalent ratios. I am moving really slow tonight, so it takes me forever to make the notes.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c6KXqrEzPik/VphOCikHRjI/AAAAAAAADUQ/eEh_UUsBblc/s1600/ratio%2Bnotes.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c6KXqrEzPik/VphOCikHRjI/AAAAAAAADUQ/eEh_UUsBblc/s320/ratio%2Bnotes.PNG" width="240" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-soYdh-80mo8/VphQGdZnXwI/AAAAAAAADU0/aOe3q8c4byI/s1600/adayinthelife.png" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="174" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-soYdh-80mo8/VphQGdZnXwI/AAAAAAAADU0/aOe3q8c4byI/s320/adayinthelife.png" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Around 10:30, my husband comes home. I check on my daughter, read a bit in bed and go to sleep around 11. </div><br /></div>Randihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14992809174118138725noreply@blogger.com4