Thursday Reading Series

Thursday, July 5, 2018
 Sometimes I get so burned out with all the SPED stuff I deal with that I like to delve a little more into best practices for the math classes and other classes that I teach.   I have decided to start a Thursday professional development reading series.  I will be starting out with Learning to Love Math by Judy Willis and each week I will discuss a chapter and some things that I would like to start to do in my classroom with that information.  I hope that you will chime in and discuss things you are already doing, things you will do, and read along with me!

I just have to say after reading the synopsis of this book (and even the title) I am excited to read this book!  My students in high school already have a bad taste in their mouth about math.  Mainly its because in the past, they haven't had enough time to properly learn the material and feel lost all the time.  I try to make math interesting and relatable to them and I am excited to start using these new strategies in my classroom.  Join me next Thursday for Chapter 1: Reversing Math Negativity with an Attitude Makeover.  You can find it for free here.

At the end of the series, I will be giving away a copy of my next book study to the person that comments on the most series posts!  Included in the prize will also be a $10 credit towards my TpT store!

1. You must be a follower of my blog to be eligible for the prize.  If you aren't already, look to the right and follow by email.  This will keep you updated on new posts!
2. The person that comments on the most Thursday Reading Series blog posts will win this book and $10 Resource Room Relevance TpT Credit.
3. Only one comment per person per post will count (any extra comments will not count towards your total).
4. Comments will only be counted if they are submitted before the next Thursday when the next blog post is published.
5.  In the case of a tie, I will use a random winner generator to pick the winner.
6. Comment count starts with today's post!

Do your students love or hate math?  Comment below!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Monday, May 7, 2018
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  I hope you are showered with goodies and words of affirmation!  Today at school we had fruit, veggies, and some pastries and I know that's just the beginning.  In honor of everything you do, my whole TpT store is on sale AND I am having a giveaway.  I want you to be able to use this during the sale so please enter by Tuesday night. The winner will be contacted Wednesday morning.
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I think that this is the time when I really get antsy for the end of the year and start making my summer plans.  What will you be doing this summer, for fun or professional development?  I plan on traveling and attending a GPS/GIS training in July.

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Classroom Reveal

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Let me preface this post with I have not had my own classroom in a few years and didn't realize how few materials I had to jazz up my room. I also teach students will all kinds of disabilities so I don't want to overwhelm anyone. This past week was our in-service with some work time. My work time however, was spent with my SPED teach divvying up our caseload and dealing with an aide shortage when another 1:1 student enrolled! I had very little time to prepare, but it is ready to go for the first day.

I found some fantastic free posters and decorated my room that way along with the traditional boards covered in paper. Take a look!

There are a lot of oddities like no shades(butcher paper was used to cover the windows overlooking the hallway) and the Smart Board covering half of my only whiteboard. My favorite part of my room is my green bulletin board. It signifies the changes that are happening in my room which is standards based grading and focusing on processes. I take no credit for any of the poesters. I found some free posters online and bought some great ones from TpT.

Heading Back to School

Monday, August 21, 2017
Even though I don't have to return to my classroom until tomorrow, I have been emailing parents and teachers over the last week with concerns that are already springing up!  Do you feel this way?  Schedules need changed, parents want to meet, caseloads are changing, and new students are enrolling.

I am always a bit apprehensive to actually head back to my blank classroom (I have moved rooms every year) and get back to work.  I try to remember everything I had to follow up on from the last year and struggle to get ready in time for the first day with students.  We are down an aide this year from four to three in our department and are getting more difficult and time-intensive students.  Over 1/10th of our school is on an IEP-probably more than that actually!

This year I am trying to focus on some positives because it has been the hardest for me to agree to go back.  I have a room to myself now which is so nice!  Our administration has taken some things off out plate, but it is still a lot, especially being in special education.

Here are my goals for the year:
1. Be organized.  Especially with my caseload!  Each year we have a larger caseload and we have less contact time with students so I need to have my data recording and student info together and handy for when teachers stop in or parents contact me.
2. Be firm.  I tend to be too lax with my students.  I teach math for the most part and know that it is terribly difficult for them to do so I may not put my foot down enough and then the year drags on.
3. Be proactive.  Instead of procrastinating, work on reports and testing with plenty of time left and work on getting teacher cooperation.

What are your goals for the year?

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First Quarter Recap

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Looking back on this first quarter, it has been much harder than usual.  My kids behaviors are worse than usual, I am testing WAY more students for special education services than usual (which takes up most of my planning time) and I have been more unorganized than usual!  I sound like a train wreck!

How do you reign back in a semi-unruly classroom?

Anyways, as I am thinking of new ways to start the new quarter out right, I am part of a giveaway.

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I'm Part of a Giveaway!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I am helping with a blog launch giveaway this week!  Make sure that you check out Teach Where You're Called's new blog!  Since I just got my blog redesigned too, I think it is exciting to be part of this giveaway.  You have the change to win FOUR gift cards!  Make sure you check out all of these amazing sellers!

Math Warm-Ups

This year I am getting back to warm-ups for my math classes.  I realized that I need that time myself to get everything together, whether I am just coming back from a meeting that ran late or just to have time to take attendance.  I decided that each day would have a theme to provide consistency for my students and myself.

Monday: Motivational Movie Clip.  I really want my students to think about what they need math for and how to use their brains to better their math skills.  This could even just be a pick me up to help them out on a Monday-an easy not stressful start to the week,

Tuesday: Tiling.  I really love tiling activities.  They incorporate logic and math practice all in one with manipulatives.  I cannot get enough manipulatives and my high schoolers love to use them.

Wednesday: Word Problems.  These will be real life word problems.  I want my students to see that real life is filled with math and that the scenarios they go through in their lives, at the store, at work, etc. are the same things we can learn about in math using word problems

Thursday: Throwback.  This will be a day to review anything I want to bring up again!

Friday: Facts.  This will be a day to practice our basic math facts.  Whether its a not-so-timed test (more on that another day) or practicing on, I want to work more on facts this year, which should also bolster my students math confidence if they feel better with their facts.

How do you start your math classes?  Comment below!
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