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Showing posts from May, 2014

Surviving the Chaos

The end of the school year always comes with so much excitement, with different events to celebrate the close of another year. The excitement carries over into the classroom, with students expressing that excitement in so many ways! A couple of quick survival ideas that help me manage that excitement during our last few days of classes: I love to have the students spend time working on art/craft types of projects that there isn't as much time for during the year. My favorite math project is to create Escher-like tessellations (good directions in the linked document; we will start working on  tessellations next week). These require students to focus and work carefully, and they really enjoy creating them. A favorite activity for my homeroom students is to have them create a memory wheel , which gives them the opportunity to really reflect on the year AND do some drawing and coloring (I don't know about you, but I really enjoy coloring and don't get much time to do i

Workin' On It Wednesday 5/21

What are you working on this Wednesday? Here's a quick list of what I'm working on: 1) reading The Scorch Trials 2) reading Grain Brain - very interesting so far! 3) conversions and area and perimeter in math 4) remembering to post this linky! An InLinkz Link-up

Following Diane Ravitch

I have to admit that I do not read/follow as much as I should about what is happening in the world of education. But recently, I found Diane Ravitch's blo g , and decided to follow, receiving email updates. I am amazed at the amount of information she shares each day. I receive so many emails! I don't read all of them every day, but I read as many as I can; there is so much to learn every day - I am so glad I started following her!

Workin' On It Wednesday 5/14/14

Wednesday almost got away from me! With a field trip today and a concert to attend this evening, I almost forgot about posting the linky. Please link up! An InLinkz Link-up

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway and Blog Hop!

This is the first blog hop I am participating in and I am very excited to see how it goes! This giveaway includes best-selling products from many TPT sellers from all different grade levels, to show appreciation for all of you hard-working teachers! The product I donated is my Algebraic Expressions Footloose and Extra Practice, which is my best-selling product. Footloose is one of many ways to use task cards. I've used Footloose activities with students for about 15 years, and they enjoy it at any grade and with any subject (I've used it in 2nd, 4th, and 6th, in LA, math, and science). I guess the game is similar to Scoot, which I had never heard of until recently. I have blogged about playing Footloose before, so if you'd like to read that post, click here , but the main idea is included below. How to play (many teachers like to play the song "Footloose" during the activity): 1. There are 30 cards, with a question on each card. Each card is numbered, f