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Brand New Blog! February 20, 2015

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Scaffolded Math and ScienceI feel sort of weird about leaving this blog. It’s been lurking in the background for years, taunting me to write posts and shaming me for finding so little time. Over the years I’ve changed everything from the background to the widgets to the font (I still can’t get it right) to the content, deleting posts about topics that no longer seemed relevant and adding more information to others that seemed to be lacking. This blog has been with me for a long time, albeit severely neglected but still always there. I’ve helped a whole mess of people get their page numbers back in Word (if you don’t know what this means, consider yourself super lucky) and opened discussions about fractions, playgrounds, unschooling and dividing by zero. In spite of all this, I am so excited to start fresh for some unknown reason. I hope you join me over at


Teaching game-changer: Class quiz show! Kahoot! December 13, 2014

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I have read a lot of blog posts in my day.  I’m always looking for new tricks of ways to make my teaching more engaging.  This post from Mrs. E Teaches Math was a complete game-changer.  Have you heard of Kahoot?  You know those clickers that every person who runs any sort of educational PD raves about but that no budget manager will purchase? Well, forget those! Kids can use any sort of device that gets on the internet – including their phones – to play Kahoot. Needs: a projector, internet-accessible devices (students can definitely pair up if need be), time to make a multiple-choice Kahoot. It’s amazing. It’s the absolute perfect way to review or assess student understanding of any topic, and it took less time to make a Kahoot than it usually takes me to create a lesson!



Do you give warm ups right before quizzes? December 5, 2014

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My students are horribly anxious test takers.  To help them relax, I like to give quiz warm ups to get them in the quiz mindset and remind them of the topics that will be covered.  In the interest of time and so that I can get some sleep to get over this itchy cold (yuck!), here is a free 3 weeks of warm ups for Algebra 2 students or anyone else learning about domain, range, functions, max, min, increasing and decreasing.  There’s also a quiz to sum everything up.  Oh, and a quiz warm up, of course:)



Bad Day, Better Tomorrow. November 18, 2014

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I had a bad day today.  I haven’t had a bad day like this one in a very long time.  At some point in the last few months after having a bad day, yet nothing compared to the one I had today, I wrote myself an email.  I read that email today.

When you’re having a bad day, the challenge isn’t getting through it. The challenge is allowing yourself to believe that tomorrow may be the best day you’ve ever had.

Here’s to a better tomorrow.


Who’d want to visit US? We’re Special Ed. October 6, 2014

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This broke my heart.

As part of the Consumer Math class I am teaching this year, I am asking professionals from the community to come in to talk to my seniors. All of my students in my Consumer Math classes are on IEPs for some sort of disability, whether it’s Math, ADHD, dyslexia, or some other disability that keeps them out of the general education classroom for Math. We had an AWESOME guest speaker a couple weeks ago who trades stocks for a living (and who has been emailing me to ask about the steps to becoming a teacher – whoo hoo!).  A couple days after his visit, one of my students asked, “Why would anyone want to come to our class? We’re Special Ed.” This sank my heart. I told him not to sell himself short and that of course people would want to meet him, just as much as they’d want to meet anyone else! I hope he believed me.

Kids with disabilities, in my opinion especially in Math, have self-esteems that have been so destroyed by repeated failure. These are GREAT KIDS! I have more visitors lined up to visit every cycle from now until December 2 and I am searching for more!


Task Cards! Do you use them? September 28, 2014

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Do you use task cards in your classroom? We joke that they’re just “cut up worksheets”, but for some reason kids love them! Maybe it’s the collaboration between classmates or the low-key learning environment they create. Who knows? Whatever it is, they’re great!

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What is YOUR definition of “Interactive Notebook”? September 1, 2014

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QuestionmarkWhat is YOUR definition of Interactive Notebook?  I have been thinking a lot about this lately.  In my current school and the one I worked in prior to this position, there were no textbooks.  Well, there was a textbook at my last school but it was so horrible no one used it!  Because of this, it forced me to create note sheets for the kids.  When I compare them to note sheets being called INB, I see a lot of similarities.

To me, interactive notebooks consist of foldables and flipables, almost what are used to make homeschooling lapbooks.  What I’d consider scaffolded student notes are being called “interactive notebooks”, so much so that I am questioning my definition.  What do you consider INB?



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