### Workin' On It Wednesday

I hope everyone is enjoying their first week of August!
I have been working on such a variety of things - reading, writing, planning, thinking. Yesterday I had to work on getting our water fixed because we had no water when we woke up! Fortunately, it wasn't a very expensive fix and I met some great new guys that we can call in the future if our well gives us trouble again:)

1. Thanks for the link up, Ellie! I'm off to check out the other links!
Pam

1. Pam, Thanks for linking AND for checking out the other links!

2. Thank you for the link up! I am your newest follower! Check my blog out too!
Tales from a Very Busy Teacher

1. Thanks! I followed you back:)

3. Thank you, Ellie! Much appreciated!
Darlene
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1. Thanks, Darlene!

4. Thank you so much, Ellie! I appreciate the opportunity to link up with you! Best wishes for a wonderful year! ~ Jen TeacherKarma.com

1. Thanks for linking! I hope you have a great year as well!

### Memory Wheels - First Day, Last Day, and Any Day in Between!

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### How Much Math Homework??

I am very curious about math homework in middle school, from a teacher perspective:     How much math homework do you give?     What kind of homework do you give?     How do you go over it in class? Let me explain why I ask these questions. I have taught 6th grade math for eight years, and every year, my goal is to "perfect" the homework issue. My basic issue is that I feel that I spend too much time going over it (not necessarily every day, but often). In the past, we have reviewed homework in the following ways:    1. going over answers as a class    2. self-checking answers that are on the board and sharing any questions    3. partner-checking and then verifying    4. choosing only a few problems to check When I taught elementary school (for 12 years), I never seemed to have this problem....we had 60 minutes for class and I never struggled to fit everything in. But at middle school, we have 44 minutes (minus time to switch for classes), and I just haven't fo

### Math Class - First Day Activity

Rectangle of pentominoes Many 6th graders seem to have a pretty negative attitude about math, so I try to do something interesting to "grab" them during our first class. Last year, during the first math class, we spent part of the period working with pentominoes. Before working with the pentominoes, however, we played a name game so we could learn each others' names (I find it impossible to start anything else if I don't know some names, and fortunately, I learn them fairly quickly). rectangle outline For the activity, I divided the students into groups of 3 or 4. The directions for the activity were not complicated - the task was to make a rectangle, using all of the pentominoes. I gave students an outline of the rectangle, as pictured to the left, so they would know the correct size of the rectangle. The squares in the grid are each one inch. The rectangle is 5 squares (inches) wide and 13 inches long (13 inches includes the row that has the "Pent