Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday July 31st

So, you knew it was coming and it will be here soon. 
Monday and Tuesday actually!!! 
A back to school sale on TpT!

I have been working hard this week on some new and improved things and some BUNDLES!!! 
I''ll be sharing those tomorrow and of course, they will be on sale!!!! 

For now, here's my Throw back Thursday posts with Angela at The Teacher's Desk 6

I chose to share my classroom pics from last year. I am actually still trying to decide what I am doing this year. I still have a few weeks to decide. I am not sure I will have a theme or not. For now, these old pics will hopefully motivate me. 

Originally posted August 25, 2013 

Finally getting to share my classroom pictures. There are many, just warning! 

This is what I walked into a few weeks ago. 

Behavior Management Plan 
Brain Dump revamped. I have blogged about this here
Student created Math posters found here

Got these from Brown Bag Teacher

Changed word wall to "vocabulary" wall. The heading are the main categories. I am thrilled to add the cards I bought from Math Mojo, they are Uh-MA-ZING!! 
1st Prep Agenda board. The orange arrow says, Homework board idea from Fourth Grade Flipper"
2nd Prep Agenda Board
Great management tool! Students fill out, not me. 
Love this and it works! I have blogged about this here
Test Taking Strategies. 
"I don't know" is not an option in our classroom!

Mathematician posters from Miss Math Dork!

I actually have a few more I need to take, but will have to post another day. As much as I want to head to school, we have baseball today! 

Check out MS Sunday Funday for more looks into classrooms! 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CAMT 2014- Debriefing Day 2 & 3

A week later, I am still going through all the info I received at CAMT. 
I have combined Days 2 & 3 to get these posts complete! 
Be sure to get to the end, there's a giveaway down there!!

I did something very different. I attended STEPS for middle school teachers. Secondary Teachers Enhancing Performance for Students (STEPS) was held one day for high school and one day for middle school teachers. (For elementary teachers, its called Math-O-Rama) 
It was six 25 minute sessions held in a grand ballroom. We rotated through five of the sessions. It was our choice what to go to and if we wanted to attend them all. 

I liked this idea because one, it was fast and two, because I knew I would get lessons I could use immediately in my classroom. 

All the sessions I attended were hands on and specific to a concept. 

One was for probability, another for ratios. There was one for the Pythagorean Theorem. I went to one that helped students explore the new sixth grade standards for graphing and statistics. 

The presenters were wonderful and even gave us food and incorporated food into the lesson. You know, teachers love food about as much as our students do!

I forgot to take many pictures, so sorry, it was quick and I was into the learning. Here's an example of a hands on activity for algebraic expressions. They had cubes and smarties and cups. They were good at differentiating for us and for students. I also liked how one presenter was a sixth grade teacher and one was a calculus teacher. It is good to know where kids are going and where they have been in mathematics. 

The only negative comment I could make about these sessions is that they had them too close in proximity. We were packed sardines in a large room though. We could hear the presenters next to our session. We really had to focus on the speaker we were attending. (Not a bad thing, I know) But we are distract-able, just like our students. 
There was room to spread the sessions out. 

Seriously, I am not complaining though. I am actually considering signing up to present next year with this format. I think it is so useful to teachers. 

It was a really productive day. 

I spent the afternoon roaming the exhibits and of course, spending lots of money! I also found some great products we can use this year. Since I the department chair, I am responsible for buying and securing quality products to use. Plus, I was getting grant ideas. I also just visited with people and had some fun. 

Day 2, super successful! 

Day 3
The last day. It was such a conflict for me. It was anniversary and I really wanted to get home, but I also wanted to go to more sessions. There were some really good ones still planned. 

Plus, I was not alone. I had team members who wanted more too. I was the driver of the school vehicle, so I had to take everyone into consideration. 
We kind of compromised and went to two in the morning and headed back at lunch time. I am so glad we stayed.

I went to an early one and it was worth it on its own. 
I went to see Pam Harris on Building Powerful Numeracy. She was wonderful. It was a large lecture format, but she was energized and funny and everything she said was A-W-E-S-O-M-E! 

Her mantra is that math is "figure-out-able". Which is so true and what I want to instill in my students. 

I have always said that I am not a "math person", which I am not, but I love teaching Math. My math skills have been developing, but as far as higher level math goes, I am not very good at it. She made me feel okay about that. But, she also gave me tools to build my numeracy and build my students' numeracy as well. 

This year I am teaching a few Math Strategies classes which is for our struggling students. I knew this would be powerful for them!!! 

Check out her website here. I am hoping to get our department to do a book study of hers soon! 

       And I just found this!!!Heinemann Educational Books Lessons and Activities for Building Powerful Numeracy by Harris, Pamela Weber [Spiral]

Secondly, I went to another interactive notebook session. My new BBB, Danielle from Live. Love. Math suggested it. We attended together and it was just an awesome time to actually visit her and get to know her in "real life". 
The presenter was from College Station which I always have a warm place in my heart for since I am an Aggie, but also since I taught there for three years. 

I like seeing how people use interactive notebooks. I know I can always incorporate something new. She was high energy and she had a LOT of giveaways so the room was full of energy!!! 

I am in search of these thanks to her! Composition Storage Jackets!!!!! Seriously, this is AWESOME!!!!! 

And I am also investing in 7 inch rubber bands. 
Can you see how she uses the rubber bands to keep the composition book closed! 
LOVE IT!!!! 

CAMT was wonderful. 
I loved sleeping in my own bed for a few nights. I's the little things in life that make us happy. 
I enjoyed spending time with some of my department in a different setting. 
I was overjoyed to meet some of my favorite bloggers! 

Of course, do not forget about the summer giveaway. There are tons of giveaways going on right now, be sure to enter and I hope you win!!! 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Made It- July 28th (giveaways included!)

This is the last Monday in July and this is my FIRST Monday Made It all summer. Seriously, I am ashamed. I have not done anything this summer. Now that I have a few weeks, the race is on, right? 

My first, (and only) Monday Made It is not school related though. 
I celebrated my 9th wedding anniversary this past week. I was gone for CAMT on the actual day though. (I came home later that day) 
Anyway... I wanted to have something for my husband on the morning of, so I enlisted my older child and he made sure my husband had a card and a simple gift before he left for work. 

I have seen versions of this on Pinterest, of course. 

I decided to do the map of special places to us. It was so stupidly easy and cheap!

After several layers of the modge podge, I sprayed them with sealer so they won't peel. 
Plus, it made them smooth and a little shiny. 

Finished product
I forgot to take a picture,  but they have small round circles on the bottom to prevent scraping desks, coffee tables, etc... 

It just makes me want to make more coasters of different things. My next endeavor will be with pictures. 

I am in the middle of a school product. It has become a monster though. It will be ready for next Monday. I am thrilled that I will actually have something to share, two weeks in a row. 

Also, I am having a summer giveaway!
Be sure to check it out for a FREE teacher shirt and a FREE fabulous pencil sharpener!!!!

And... visit Diane at Fifth in the Middle for a GREAT giveaway as well!!!

My BBB, Danielle at Live.Love. Math is also having a giveaway.
Be sure to check it out.

Have you heard about this giveaway too? Seriously, tis the season. be sure to check it out!!!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

CAMT 2014- Session Debriefing- DAY 1 and GIVEAWAYS!!!!!

During CAMT last week, I did get into some really good sessions, even a few that weren't so good. But, I got something from everyone of them. 

My very first one, I actually walked out of. I was on the very back row of a huge lecture hall and five minutes into it, I knew I was not where I wanted to be. 

This is when I left to go meet 4mula Fun and Miss Math Dork. I had priorities people! 

My second session was a BIG one with featured speaker Glenna Tabor from Tabor Rotations. She was a good speaker and I could tell she had some good ideas, but with only an hour, instead of getting some real classroom application, I got a tease of what it is she does and how I could get more training on it through her company. 
I did leave with some good resources though. Her website is good and the one thing I will be using is a planning guide for my rotations this year. 
I also picked up a simple tool for naming groups. Instead of having students create their own and choosing something like sports teams or TV shows, they can create their own but they must use math terms. This way I can really instill more math vocabulary. See, that is useful and yes, I could have thought of it on my own, but I didn't. So happy for simple things like that to use right away with my students.

How she gives group member jobs. Again, useful! 
Next, I went to a session that focused on one lesson and a few percent and tax standards. (We call those TEKS in Texas)
It was much smaller and more interactive. We, the audience, played the role of the students and actually completed the lesson. The presenter was the teacher and then filled us in on how we would apply this in our classroom. JACKPOT! Seriously, it was perfect. She gave us the lesson and practical ways to adapt it to meet our needs, our student needs and various ways to differentiate it. I will definitely be incorporating it in my lesson plans. 

Lastly on the first day, I went to Jennifer from 4mula Fun's session. I feel like I have been to a session of hers just because of her blog and getting to know her in the blog world. I knew there would be a long line though, so I went early. I was right, her session filled up quickly and people were turned away. I went right to the front and when she saw me, she came up and hugged me. (I had just met her earlier in the day) It was so nice to feel so welcomed. This is also when I met Danielle from Live.Love.Math. She was helping Jennifer out during her sessions. For those who don't know, Jennifer had kidney stone surgery only a few days before CAMT. I cannot believe all she did after that experience. She was quite the trooper! 

Of course, her session was fabulous. I am still shocked when I hear people and how it seems its the first time they have ever heard of foldables and interactive notebooks. I shouldn't be, but I am. 
And because we were her second session of the day, we also got these great white boards and erasers to take with us. You know how we teachers love FREE! 
Great white board with place value included and a positive and negative number line.
Seriously ordering these when school starts! 

We made a pocket and used fun washi tape to add color! 
My goodies! 
She gave us great ideas, showed a few flippables and then showed how to apply it with our kiddos. 
Again, I walked away with knowledge I could implement immediately. 

Day 1 was a HUGE success! 

Don't forget about the summer giveaway. You can enter more than once. 

And... more giveaways over at Fifth in the Middle, one of my favs! 

Have you heard about this fabulous giveaway yet?

This is a multiple blogger giveaway. Click on the picture, it will take you to one of them and you can read all about it! Everyone loves a giveaway right? Plus, they have practical ideas and information to help the school year start right!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Giveaway

I am so excited about this giveaway!!! 

First of all, I reached 400 followers recently and it keeps climbing daily. 
Secondly, my  blogiversary was this month. 

So, it is time to celebrate!!!! 

I was approached by Teacher T-Shirts and asked if I would like to have a giveaway or my readers. 

You know I jumped on that!!! 
Check out the great shirt I got. 

I have wanted this for a while. Seriously, as a math teacher, I say this ALL THE TIME!!! 

Pick out which one you would choose here

And since it's my blogiversary, I want to make the giveaway a  little bigger. 
This past January, I won a pencil sharpener in a giveaway and I love it. 
I am now giving you the chance to win your very own pencil sharpener!!! 
Classroom Friendly Supplies has graciously agreed to give a winner a FREE pencil sharpener! 

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The bonus for this as well, you can receive a 5% discount now through Oct 1st on a pencil sharpener. 
Please use the code: HRZWU
Be sure to check out their site and Facebook page

ONE winner will be chosen on August 4th! 

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Diane over at Fifth in the Middle is having a HUGE giveaway. be sure to visit her for some great teacher pampering prizes!!!!!

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