New Reading Series Book Reveal!

Monday, June 10, 2019
Well all, it is the time to announce our next book in the professional development book reading series and this one is bound to make you think about what education's purpose is and how it needs to change to best serve our children!

We will begin delving into this book next Thursday so order your copy by clicking on the picture above (affiliate link) and get started reading!

It's sale time!

Monday, February 25, 2019
Have you been eying up some resources on Teachers Pay Teachers and have a full wishlist? Tomorrow and Wednesday are the days to save some cash!  Head over to TpT now.

Want to win $10 to spend? Enter here anytime on Tuesday the 26th and be entered to win! Winner will be notified on Wednesday morning so you still have time to use it during the sale.

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Fractal Christmas Tree

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Welcome to December everyone!  I wanted to take you through an ongoing activity that my freshman math class is doing.  We are working on geometry up to the winter break since we have been hitting some pretty difficult algebra topics for my students.  One thing I always spend time on is fractals, mainly because they are fascinating.  We will spend a few days and move on.  This year, however, my very hard to please, high behavior students actually said they were enjoying the activities, so for my sanity's sake, were are extending this part of the unit!!

There are two websites that I want to highlight to help you with your fractal activities.  The first one has a lot of great information and some activities.  It is the Fractal Foundation and they focus on the integration of science, math, and art.  The other focuses more on the building of 3D fractals.  I have started a project in my class using this website to create a fractal Christmas tree.  Then we will talk about other shapes (using nets) for the ornaments, and create snowflakes (which they have been begging to do)!

We started on Friday building the Sierpinski tetrahedrons while watching a NOVA video about fractals.  Then whenever we have some free time, or someone finishes an activity early, they can make more and grow the tree.  By the time break rolls around, I am hoping for a decent sized tree.  If not we may just make a winter scene with a forest of Sierpinski trees.  The students will be learning about at least three types of fractals, classifying geometric shapes, symmetry, and even some basic mathematical reasoning (how many triangles are there, etc) so I find this a worthwhile activity.

Have you ever used fractals in the classroom?  What did your students think?  Check back for photos of how our project turns out!

Monday Motivation

Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday Pick Me UP

Monday, October 29, 2018
A quote by Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson embellished with a swirling tile illustration: “Who needs me today?”

Using I Have, Who Has in the Classroom

Saturday, October 27, 2018
There are some activities that can get even the quietest and disinterested students participating in your lesson.  I have, who has is one of those.  If promotes listening, cooperation, speaking in front of peers, and patience.  Today I want to explain two ways that I use I have, who has in my classroom.

The first way is the most generic and what most people think of when I say I have, who has.

  1. Hand out all the cards to your students so all are used.
  2. Pick one card to start with (or use the card that says start if that is included in the set).
  3. Have either yourself or the student read the card aloud while everyone is looking to see if they have the answer on their card.
  4. The person with the answer reads their entire card and everyone looks for the answer.
  5. Repeat step 4 until you are back to the beginning (or the card that says stop in certain sets)! 

This activity only works if everyone is listening, paying attention, and has a good grasp on the content.  To teach this game in my room I use a multiplication fact set so that most of the students can quickly figure out the answer.  This helps them get the procedure down and then we can move on to current topic sets.

The second way I use I have, who has in the classroom is as a center or group activity.
  1. A set of cards is given to the group or placed at the center.
  2. Students pick a card to start with, place it on the floor, then look through the pile for the answer.
  3. They place the card with the answer next to the first card, then look for the answer to the card they just put down.
  4. The cards should be placed angled as we want the last card to be next to the first card.
  5. If you have a set of cards that have a start and stop card, they can be placed in a line on the floor and not a circle.
Whichever way you use this in your classroom, your students are sure to get more practice than they realize, in a fun and low prep way!  If you are interested in some sets that I have created, click the store tab up top.  How have you used I have, who has in your classroom?

Motivational Monday

Monday, October 15, 2018
An image of a father and daughter fixing a bicycle, coupled with a quote by President Henry B. Eyring: “Each of us can make a difference.”
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