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Double scavenger hunt today: simplifying expressions for 7th grade and mean absolute deviation for 6th! Engaging way to practice some tough skills. PS Swipe to see a @ticalculators calculator popsocket in action!
Relationships are everything! What’s something you do to build relationships with your students?
Hot tip: write “speed dating” on your agenda for the day and watch everyone freak out when they come in 😂 Each student got a task card (these are from @lindsayperro_tpt) that they solved and got their answer checked by me - they were the “expert” on that problem. Then students rotated around the room every 2 minutes or so - with each new partner, they switched cards, solved each other’s problem, and checked each other’s answer, helping each other as needed since they were the expert on that problem! In one class I had an odd number of students, so one of them was paired with the “ghost” each time and had to solve the ghost’s task card - I amused myself by asking each student who visited the ghost if the ghost got their question right. Most of them weren’t sure how to answer that until I told them I was joking 😂 For real, though, this was a great way to get students working with lots of different people and to give them an opportunity to “teach” each other! Just please ignore the fact that we used Halloween themed task cards...
Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re doing some speed dating today - what fun things do you have planned?
3 reasons why I love these matching activities: 1️⃣ Each partner solves one set of cards, so both of them are actively participating. 2️⃣ They are forced to talk math to each other because they have to find their matching answers. 3️⃣ It’s kind of like a puzzle, so they’re more motivated to work at it. This one was on combining like terms - we’ll be doing another one incorporating the distributive property later this week! You can check this one out (along with all the other available topics) at the link in my bio! I also have digital versions of all of them!
Where are my fellow introverted teachers? 🙋🏻♀️ I love my job, but all of the social interaction throughout the week exhausts me! So nice to have weekends to recharge with some quiet time. How are you recharging this weekend?
Middle school teachers: you NEED to get yourself a class secretary, even if you don’t do any other class jobs! I have one in each class who fills out absent sheets for me and it is a complete lifesaver, especially this time of year when there are so many kids gone every day! If you want to see the absent form I use, I linked it in my bio.
We used Inside-Outside Circles to practice our expressions vocabulary today! Each student got a task card and checked their answer (I put them under sticky notes on the back to save time). Then they formed two concentric circles so that each person on the inside circle was paired with someone on the outside circle. They asked each other their questions and checked each other’s answers, and then the outside circle rotated every 30 seconds until they had been around to everyone! If you want them to answer more questions, after they’ve been around once, have the inside and outside circles trade cards and then go around a second time! What’s your favorite way to get students out of their seats?
I LOVE how @missfelainfourth incorporated her Bitmoji into Behavior Bingo! It’s adorable, not to mention making it super easy to remove and reset the numbers! I’m definitely going to be doing this! Check out my story highlights if you want to know more about behavior bingo!
And all the math teachers said, “Amen!” What’s your policy on showing work?
I really try not to bring home work on the weekends, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. So far today, I’ve made new seating charts, went through job applications for February jobs, and now I’m prepping this inequality card sort to use tomorrow! Did you do any prep this weekend? . Link to this activity in my bio! It’s also available in a digital version.
This labor of love is finally done! 20 easy to prep digital activities on a variety of middle school math topics are ready to be used in your classroom tomorrow! I haven’t changed the price yet, so get it now before the price goes up tomorrow night! Link in my bio!
With the extreme wind chills here, we’re having “Connected Learning” days today and tomorrow! Students have tasks to complete at home and teachers are online all day to help. It was super easy to share my Daisy’s Donuts activity with them to complete at home! This is our first time trying this and we didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, so I was thankful to have this in my back pocket! I’m going to share another digital activity with them for tomorrow. Has your school ever done anything like this?
This is an important reality check for me. While it would be nice if every student did everything perfectly all the time, that’s just not how it works. It’s by learning how to handle their imperfections that you become a better teacher!
One of my favorite projects! Students design a sales ad for their own store. Love how they can each personalize it to their interests - of course Fortnite made an appearance! After creating them, students shop at each other’s stores and calculate their total costs with sales tax!
Received these beauties for FREE from a local STEM lending library that closed! I would love to hear how you would use these in your classroom!
We needed to review all of the types of percent problems we’ve been working on, so math lottery to the rescue! I gave students a page of problems and they worked with a partner to complete as many as the could. I checked their answers as they went and stamped the problem if it was correct. For each correct answer, they got to put their name in one of the squares. At the end, I used a random number generator to choose 5 numbers and those students earned a prize! I love this for review because it engages everyone - they don’t have to be the fastest or get the most correct because everyone has a chance to win! Also, they love getting to run up to the board and put their name on it. You can easily use this with any problem set you already have! I just googled a number chart and projected it on the board.
A poem for my middle schoolers ❤️😷