Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
You know that wonderful feeling when you complete a large review book that you're putting together for your students.
Yeah, I had that feeling today.
Took me two weeks to get the book put together based on Texas' EOC reporting categories and today I finally finished making the answer key.
Oh, and that other wonderful feeling when a student you no longer have realizes it's time to grow up and focus in passing his classes are tests?
Yeah, I had that feeling today too. Put together a bunch of resources, videos and his STAAR test history so he can knock out that sucker out of the park this year. (fingers crossed)
Just wanted to share about my good feels today. What good feels did you have?
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Saturday, November 12, 2016
This is going to be my last post on politics but I URGE you to read this.
I woke up Weds morning and said to Brian that I'm glad neither of my parents lived to see this day but now I'm glad neither of my parents lived to see how my friends, dear friends, family and the nation are tearing each other apart.
Everyone's reactions, while each person feels justified, is tearing the country up more than anything else and no one is feeling safe; women, Hispanics, Muslims, or Trump supporters. It just all needs to stop and people need to focus on moving forward and NOT calling each other names. First and foremost we are all human beings that deserve the love and respect of each other. We can't read each other's minds, we don't know why people voted for who they did but that is done and in the past. Going back and dwelling on what has happened is only going to hurt you and your relationships with others.
I haven't been to church in forever but we all know it's more important to be the bigger person and look ahead instead of looking back and focusing on the negative. It's just going to tear you up on the inside and if you do that and that is not what we want to show our children and the youth of this nation. We want to show our future leaders how to deal with something you don't like but move on in and focus on making things BETTER not on name calling and making others feel worse about themselves. Continuing such behavior is only going to get all of us in a whole bunch of trouble.
I wore my safety pin yesterday but this morning it makes me sad that someone would have to look for a small sign to know that they will be safe and watched out for in their environment. Our country was founded on the idea that ALL people are created equal and that ALL people have the fundamental rights of liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to assemble. Let people speak, let people assemble peacefully, but remember to do as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said and always march ahead.
As you move forward in the coming minutes, hours and days think of the love that Dr. King preached, of the courage that Nelson Mandela spoke of and the strength Mahatma Gandhi taught.
My thoughts, prayers and hopes are with all of my friends, loved ones, current and former students in this time of unrest in our country. I pray that soon we can all join together and be thankful for our rights and our ability to move forward in this time.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
So this is how my Tuesday started:
After an some interesting Instructional Coaching training and collaboration with other ICs around my district that afternoon I went home, plopped on the couch and started watching what was rolling in on the news.
I may have started with this image and wanted to start making additional graphics from this:
Woke up again coughing around 4 am, looked at the news and this was all I could say:
On a more math related note:
Did anyone use any of the math or stats in their class today? I'm missing having a class today since I would have totally rearranged a few lessons to make them more applicable for the students with the recent results!
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Kids getting bored in your class??
Tired of trying to force your students to collaborate?
Taking stuff home to grade and falling asleep before it gets out of your bag?
Then try a Math Mania!!!
I've got to give credit to the teachers I worked with my first year that told me about this (Ami Harman and Lindsey Heinzman at Henry Middle School in Leander). If it wasn't for this I would have been in big trouble multiple times over!
The basic idea is that you can take any worksheet -- basic computation, word problems, applications, etc -- and easily turn it into a game and engaging activity.
Here are the basic rules I posted while the students were working:
|Word Doc can be found here|
Students will be working in groups of 2-4 (3 was my personal max, but you can download and edit the doc as you want). The worksheet only needs to be copied for the maximum number of groups you would have in a class (hence the saving on the copies).
Once you copy the worksheet I usually cut it up so that only 1 problem was on each sheet but for this example I'm going to have 3 problems on each sheet.
Pass out the scoresheets so that each group gets 1 and make sure everyone has their own piece of paper.
Then each group gets one problem or set of problems at a time. As the group works together and finishes they send 1 person up to have their problem(s) checked. I always told the students to make sure and have everyone's work showing for the problems when they got to me, to have their score sheet and to have their question.I learned the hard way that my students would get a little too competitive and would start crowding around me so I taped a line on my floor like the picture below and would have the students line up behind the tape so I still had breathing room.
If someone came up without the question or without the score sheet I would make them go back and get all their materials before I would start checking their answers.
I also made sure to have my answers on the back of the envelopes lightly in pencil so that I didn't have to constantly check my answer doc while the kids came up.
When checking the work if ALL the students in the group got the answer correct then I would circle the 10 for the number, like Kendra and Rachel did. If they got it wrong, like Patrick and Nicole did here, I would mark out the 10 and tell them to double check their work.
NOTE: I would not give many hints or review material with the students at that time because I wanted them to work through why they got it wrong AND because if I started doing that then the line would get really backed up and the kids would have too much down time. If a group continued to get a wrong answer on 1 question multiple times then I would help the students or I would have another student or another group help them out with what they goofed on.
After they get all the questions on the sheet of paper right I would take the slip from the question they had just answered and then give students the next question and have them keep working through this process.
As an added bonus when kids would get a question right I would let them ring the bell on my desk. For some reason that really helped motivate them to keep working and stay accurate while trying to work quickly.
When the group was done I would have them staple all their work together with their score card on the top and put it in the basket they turned in all their materials to. The work was easily graded and put into the gradebook saving me tons of time and copies!
Please let me know if you have any questions on any of this or need any clarification or have any tips for any other teachers that may try this for the first time!
Keep up the awesome work everyone!!!