Wife | Middle School Math Teacher | Teacherpreneur | I love books, ice cream, and the Cubs!
Throwback to my door 3 years ago! You know what’s on my door this year? NOTHING, and that’s okay too! Your students will learn either way!
Any advice for getting students to understand this? I have a few students who just have to be first at everything, whether it’s turning in their assessment or signing into kahoot, and nothing I’ve said to them seems to make a difference. Do you see this too? Would love any suggestions you might have!
Fun facts about me: 1️⃣ My name is Megan, and I’m in my 5th year teaching 6th and 7th grade math (I also taught 7th grade social studies my first year). 2️⃣ I am obsessed with cactuses. When I went to Arizona a couple weeks ago, I started a Snapchat group called “Cactus Club” to share my dozens of cactus snaps. I have a class cactus named Henry! 3️⃣ Although I teach math, I also love to read! My classroom library is one of my favorite parts of my room. I have read 76 books so far this year! 4️⃣ I met my husband in high school math class. We used to write each other notes on our graphing calculators! 5️⃣ I am very introverted. If you had told me 10 years ago that I would spend my days getting up in front of 11- to 13-year-olds, I would have called you crazy. 6️⃣ I eat Chipotle at least once a week. 7️⃣ Today is my birthday! Let me know what we have in common or tell me something about you in the comments!
TACO TUESDAY! I’ve been so excited to use this activity since I created it over the summer. Students found the unit price for taco ingredients at two different stores and determined which was the better buy. I love the open-ended question at the end where they have to decide which store they would actually shop at - there was such a wide variety of thoughtful answers! If you don’t have a lot of technology available, this is also available as a worksheet! Let me know if you’d like a direct link to this activity in my store!
I did a “Monday Check-In” google form with my students today after seeing this idea from @alattelearning! I learned some things they did over the weekend and got some good insights, including the comment from one of my most difficult students in the second picture. I’m definitely going to make this a weekly check-in!
I just finished The Wild Card by Wade and Hope King, and one of my biggest takeaways was that creativity and passion looks different in every teacher! I am an introvert, and it’s easy to look around at other teachers and feel like I’m not as good as them because I’m not as outgoing. This book helped me realize that I can still bring passion and enthusiasm to my teaching without having to be someone I’m not.
We’re working on unit rates this week! I love this scavenger hunt activity that gives students 8 different scenarios from looking at the gas mileage of a new car to buying concert tickets and asks them to think about which one has the best unit rate for that situation. I got it from Alex Holben on TpT. Swipe through to see some of my other favorite unit rate activities I’ve used this week: 1️⃣ Better Buy Taco Tuesday digital activity is a must! (from my store) 2️⃣ Ticket prices task from Robert Kaplinsky (google it) 3️⃣ Unit Rates Starbucks task (free on TpT and you can edit to make it about you and your favorite order) 4️⃣ Unit Rates matching activity - digital or paper version (from my store) What’s your favorite activity for unit rates?
I normally don’t share feedback here, but this one totally made me feel warm and fuzzy last night, and I wanted to share it with you all in case anyone is on the fence about my digital activity bundles! 💕
My students each assumed an identity and became suspects in this mini math mystery from @laurenfultonmath! Instant engagement because they wanted to solve the clues to know which of them was the culprit! I have the 7th grade bundle, and I can’t wait to pull more of these out throughout the year! Be sure to check these out during the Cyber Monday sale! #igconnect4edu #productpals
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Let me know if you get the joke! 😉
I needed a way to keep my kids engaged and working on the last day before Thanksgiving break, and this lottery game I saw @algebraandbeyond post about was perfect! I gave them a sheet of word problems and turned them loose with a partner. When they had a question done, I checked it, and if it was correct I stamped it. They could then write their initials in one of the squares on the board. For each correct answer, they could pick another square. At the end, I used a random number generator to pick 5 random numbers and the students whose names were in those squares got candy! I honestly have never seen them working so hard! It would be so easy to use this with any worksheet.
Are you looking to include more technology in your classroom? Do you want something more engaging than a worksheet? If so, you’re going to love volume 2 of my bestselling bundle! It is now available for PRESALE - I’m calling it a presale because it is not finished yet. It currently contains 11 digital activities, but 9 more will be added over the next couple months for a final total of 20 activities. Swipe through to see a few of the included activities! This week only, you can get it for $16, which is 50% off the minimum final value (link in bio)! The price will be going up next week. If you do purchase it, let me know if you have any requests for the remaining 9 activities!
Okay y’all, I know it’s Friday night and the last thing you want to be thinking about is school BUT so many of you were interested in this when I posted about it in my stories earlier this week that I wanted to let you know I have this digital activity posted and ready to go! This is a really fun one - I think your students will enjoy it! It’s on sale through the weekend (link in my profile). If you’re interested in getting this activity along with a bunch of other digital activities in a discounted bundle, hold off for a couple days because I have exciting news about Digital Activity Bundle Volume 2 coming soon!
Students like to ask when they’re going to use this in real life, and as much as we try to spin it, sometimes the answer is that they probably won’t! But the real point of math class is learning to think mathematically and logically and to solve problems - those are skills they will definitely need in the real world!
Being gone is always hard (especially for two days in a row), but my guest teacher binder from @helloteacherlady makes it easier! I always get compliments on it from subs. Headed to Arizona for the next 4 days - excited for the warm weather and to see some cacti! 🌵
Interactive notebook hack: use a big rubber band to keep the notebook securely closed! Ours are starting to get pretty thick, and I don’t want anything falling out or getting bent! Swipe through to see a video tutorial and the exact rubber bands I use.
Sometimes it’s a working lunch! I love my glass @bentgolunch for quick lunches - easy to use, easy to reheat, easy to wash! They have such a variety of containers, too - I’m going to try the salad container next! Through next Friday, you can get 10% off at their site by using the code MATHWITHMEANING. Please comment below with your favorite easy teacher lunch - I need some new ideas!
True story - swipe to see my clean desk and my cluttered drawers! What’s your desk situation like right now?