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Jan 27 2012

Staying out of Math Jail

Today is Writing in Math Friday. This is the fourth one we’ve had (since I made my New Years Resolution!) and I thought it was good timing to ask the kids to talk about why we write in math class. I’ve explained it before, so I got plenty of good answers about expressing thinking and…

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Jan 25 2012

Hey Girl

“Hey girl, I know it’s hard to let go of work at the end of the day. I never tire of hearing about your students’ antics. Tell me about it…”   If you are a teacher, or you’re dating a teacher, you really need to check this out:     I had an epically…

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Jan 24 2012

Dirty Minds

My babies officially became seventh graders today.   When I taught 8th graders, they quickly trained me to never say anything that could even remotely be construed as inappropriate. They can hear sexual innuendo in any sentence and see it in anything you might draw. They can fit a good “that’s what she said” into…

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Jan 19 2012

A Wish for Math PD

I have never seen a reading teacher be required to sit through a mathematics professional development, because that would just be silly. I’ve never seen a social studies teacher sent to a math PD, even though they could learn how to teach the concepts of proportions and scales in their maps units, or how timelines…

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Jan 14 2012

Get smarter and you won’t be dome.

After weeks spent in my math enrichment class trying to build conceptual understanding for why you need a common denominator when adding and subtracting fractions, I had the kids write letters to someone important to them explaining the idea. Unfortunately, I don’t think all my students quite got it…   Dear Mom, You have to…

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Jan 05 2012

Structure Wins!

Remember this kid? He was constantly calling out in class, trying to get attention, and I finally came down really hard on him. I put him on a really tight leash in my classroom (two call-outs = detention, no matter if the entire rest of the class is calling out nonstop. You’ve already irritated me,…

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Jan 02 2012

New Year’s Resolutions

1) I will devote time every week to teach my kids how to problem-solve. I will explicitly teach them and spend time letting them practice, work together, and present solutions to the types of problems that make even my really advanced kids think. I will not slide into the complacency of working in a district…

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