As a middle school teacher, there are many moments to reflect upon. This blog will be a place to reflect upon all of those moments (and more)!
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Workin on it Wednesday
This week (and last week, and next week, and the week after), I am working on being more healthy! This mostly applies to my food choices, because I do a good job of working out regularly (except for the couple of weeks this summer when various parts of my lower body took turns rebelling against me....I may have been working out too much...) Anyway, junk food always tempts me, so I'm working on making healthier choices, and I've been pretty successful during this past week. Wish me luck for the coming weeks and please link up below!
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