Friday, August 29, 2014

National College Colors Day

Since today is National College Colors Day, I thought it would be good to share our faculty's door contest. We will have an announcement later during a faculty meeting, I will let you know how that goes. 

Keep scrolling because I am having a contest for them too and I would like your help with it. 
Door 1 

I shared mine on Monday. 

Check out all these talented folks!!! 
 Door 2 

 Door 3

 Door 4

 Door 5

Door 6 

 Door 7

 Door 8

 Door 9

 Door 10

 Door 11

 Door 12

Door 13

 Door 14

 Door 15

 Door 16

 Door 17

 Door 18

 Door 19

 Door 20

 Door 21

 Door 22

 Door 23

 Door 24
 Door 25

 Door 26

 Door 27

 Door 28

 Door 29

 Door 30

 Door 31

 Door 32

Door 33

To make this fun, I would like for you to vote for your favorite door.
 Just leave a comment with the number you  like the most. 
When I have a winner, I will award the teacher here at my school with a prize! 
They deserve it, they are working really hard this year!!! 
Please note: Door numbers are below the door. 

Thanks for your support!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The ABC's of Mathematics

For my first day back, I didn't want to bog my students down with rules, rules, rules. I tried a different approach. 

First, they came in and Matched their Seat by answering an equation. This just got them thinking Math. Some, it scared because they weren't all easy. 

Then I had a crazy foldable for them to put together for their class syllabus. This was created by Live. Love. Math. You can get it here

Next, I gave each card an index card with a letter from the alphabet. I used old stickers I have from my creative memories stuff. I used to scrapbook, now I blog. 

Students had to brain storm and come up with a math term using their letter. They had to write the word, define and illustrate. Since it was the first day, I let me ponder for about 2 minutes before giving them some Math glossaries for help. 

I thought they did pretty well. Like I said, I just wanted them to get into the hang of thinking mathematically when they enter my room. 

And, much to my neighboring teachers dislike, I already have student work on display in the hallway! 
Nanny, nanny, boo-boo! 

The last 5 minutes I discussed my RESPECT rules. 

I can't tell you how many times I heard, "wow, this class flew by". 

Don't get me wrong, I know you have to discuss procedures and expectations with kids right away. I do. I just didn't spend the whole 54 minutes I had with them scaring them about middle school. Trust me, they were already scared! 

I hope you are having a fantastic first week, month, whatever day you are on... back to school! 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Made It- First Day Back

Thanks Tara for this motivating linky party!!! 

Does it count that I made it through the first day of school? 
This was hard for me. He started his senior year today. I am sad. 

My 2 youngest were ready!
Can you see I have ONE MORE YEAR of day care??!!! 
Yes, I am counting down. 
I have paid day care for the past EIGHT years. 
I am over it!

Seriously though, I want to share my classroom door. 
Saw it on Pinterest of course, and adapted it for myself. 

This is my 4th year to have to decorate a college door.
I love maroon, but had to try something different! 

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