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    Attitudes About Math

    Since the first few days of class are all about getting to know the students and establishing classroom atmosphere, I decided to make concept maps to find out about student attitudes about Math.  I intended to only do this activity in my support classes, but  I have support period 1 and when I saw the results I decided to have all students do this.  In support class I asked students to pair with a “like minded student”.  But when I looked at the results, they are all like minded, so that was a surprise for me.  I expected the negative […]

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    Back to School Frenzy

    Summer vacation is almost over and I am beginning to stress over the first few days of class.  Our school starts on a Minimum Day Wednesday (Every Wednesday is a minimum day) so that first day, with all the new names and faces will only have 38 minutes.  I will already have my hands full, but thinking about an activity that is both quick and fun has been difficult. I hate to give rules on the first day, hate going over the syllabus or classroom routines.  Students have just been off for 7 weeks and this is not the first […]

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    I am in flux.  Last week and the week before I was out of class to write pacing guides for next year for both Math 7 and Advanced Math 7.  I got energized again, thinking of next year and how I am going to change up things. I begain dreaming of new activities, using manipulatives and how all my new students would be either at grade level or advanced.  And they would never be absent or be late to class. And they would turn in all their work.  (Ok, I am dreaming, lol)  But the year isn’t over.  And I […]

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    The team Cube activity was a HUGE success.  I actually had winners in each class.  The questions that were straight forward were easy for the students, but the ones asking students to think backwards (find the side of a cube with volume 343) were difficult.  I think it was just that they did not read the question, they looked at the number, zeroed in on the fact that volume was mention and then started multiplying.  I have not decided how to combat this yet.  After the Team Competition, I gave the class a simple quiz on volume and surface area […]

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    State Testing So I am sitting in the computer lab with students as they attempt the state testing–SBAC for those of you who aren’t so lucky…They are miserable, I am bored, they are clueless.  They keep looking at the clock, so do I. This is the first day, tomorrow will be the second and last day and we can go back to the classroom.  There are 36 questions and so far none of them have answered more than 12, so tomorrow looks very busy, lol. After first period, I realized that I needed something to do, so I started thinking […]

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    This is HARD!

    I have spent the last couple of hours trying to get the hang of creating this blog and actually saying something.  So it would appear that I am not very tech savvy, but in reality I am usually very good, so either this is a mentally slow day for me, or I am just not getting something.  But I finally got a pretty pink background which everyone says is “me”, and I am actually getting some words posted so I guess this turned out to be a good day.  I have used my websites in the past to post activities, […]

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