Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Answer to Currently Question

Happy Tuesday! Also known as "I only have to teach 3 more days before it is spring break" day. Whichever you prefer :)

Anyhow, I had big plans for a post today, but I have come down with whatever yucky illness is going around and I can barely sit up at the end of the day. Yes, I am that teacher who is going to work sick.

AND, I had to tell you what question goes with the answer I gave you on my CURRENTLY post!

This is really nothing creative like so many other bloggers that I saw/read. Nope. The question is "what color eyes do I have?" That's right, I have two different color eyes. My kids think it is the coolest thing and as soon as one student figures it out at the beginning of the year, I soon am swarmed by others who have to see it to believe it! So, there ya have it...I have two different color eyes!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Currently March!

I know I am a little late to the party, but I wanted to follow the rule of blogging and not post more than one time in a day. SO, here we are, on the third day of the month, and I will probably be the 5000th person to link-up with Farley for her monthly currently!

Most of it is pretty self-explanatory, but the last one is different! Farley had an idea to post an answer to a question and have our followers try and figure out the question! So, guess away!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Bring Home Deklan! A Fundraiser on TPT!

Good morning!

This is a quick post to let you know that I have donated a set of my Pythagorean Theorem task cards to this fundraiser bundle. The story of this sweet boy broke my heart and I wanted to do something to help his family with all of the medical bills that they are facing. The best part about this bundle is that it is ALL math resources! Almost $90 worth of resources for just $25! The fabulous Lindsay Perro put all of this together, and all that I ask is that you help us spread the word to whoever you know that might be interested in purchasing this bundle of fabulous resources.

Here are a list of all the resources included:

Here is the link to the product. It is only available for a limited time, so please don't delay!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Spark Student Motivation Saturdays - Math Libs!

Finding fun activities for 8th grade can be tough because they think just about everything is super lame! However, each week I am bound and determined for them to say, "Wow, time goes by so fast in this class!" because they are genuinely enjoying what they are doing. Normally, this time of year, I have to BEG my students to complete their work. But, not yesterday!

Today, I am linking up with Joanne from Head Over Heals for Teaching!

I have a lot of products from All Things Algebra that I use in my classes, but these activities are some of my FAVORITE! It is her Math Lib Activities - but we specifically did this one for Volume and Surface Area

After giving directions, they got to work and all I had to do every once in a while was quiet them down because we were in the hall and other classes were taking a quiz or test. They would get into some heated arguments discussing what kind of shape it was, slant height vs. height, etc. LOTS of good math conversations going on today!

Basically, here is how the activity works:

  1. There are 9 stations (one problem per station). 
  2. Teacher pairs up kids.
  3. Students answer the question and hope that their answer is one of the 5 answer choices.
  4. Then, there is a phrase next to that answer to fill in to a "Mad Libs" type scenario.
  5. The students LOVE to see which teacher is the "star of the story!"
Here are some pictures of us in action today:

I have another one of these planned to review solving equations at the end of the year :) Go check out All Things Algebra's store. I dare you to leave without purchasing something amazing!