This spring has been flourishing in more than one way! My Facebook page has been growing and it is with many thanks to people visiting my blog, TpT page and becoming followers of my small teacherprenueur business. I have started to really look forward to the next year and half as that is my projected return to school date. My youngest will be 3 shortly and my oldest is going to be going to VPK full-time! I have already started preparing what my classroom theme will be and I am so excited to reveal "pieces" of my Neon Dots Décor. This décor unit will be primarily for middle school math as many normal pieces of Décor packages are lacking what the typical math class requires.
This sneak peak will highlight a few of my classroom "pieces"
1st: 2-d and 3-d Shapes
This set is so valuable during your Geometry Unit. My incoming 7th graders find it so hard to understand that there are MORE than just the basic 3-d shapes they are comfortable working with such as rectangular prisms and triangular pyramids. With this set of posters, you will receive 22 3-d Shapes. A few favorites are the octagonal prism and dodecahedron! You will also see the Neon Dot Theme that I will be focusing my upcoming releases of that Math Classroom Décor unit on.
Create a large scale visual on your bulletin boards and reference the attributes, learning shape recognition and essential terms such as vertex, face and edge! You can also use the editable slides to add onto this set with any personal touches you choose!
2nd: Sudoku Bulletin Board
I personally love interactive bulletin boards as a way to peak interest in problem solving skills for my students. Sudoku is a great MATH Game that students can play in small groups or pairs and there are plenty of websites to get puzzles to use. I can't wait to play this Sudoku Bulletin Board Game with my students! Perhaps even make a championship game out of it with an ultimate Sudoku Winner! I have so many ideas on how to implement it!
If you have younger Sudoku Players you can opt to only using 1 board game with one set of numbers 1-9 OR up the difficulty levels with 4 or 9 board games and multiple sets of 1-9! Now, I have seen teachers use Velcro circles for each spot but seriously, the sound of ripping Velcro can be quite noisy when other centers/stations are occurring. So, for me, I like using scotch tape and placing the original pieces on the puzzle before hand. Then, students can solve using a whiteboard marker which makes mistakes easy to handle by a wipe with a tissue. Students don't have to guess where the original pieces go and you don't have to continuously replace the original puzzle when you conduct rotations.
3rd: Behavior Chart
When I first started teaching, I took a Classroom Organization and Management Program (COMP) through my university that I graduated from. It provided me ample of information and techniques to make running my classroom easier. One beautiful skill that I learned about that I have been using ever since is a Behavior Chart. I teach middle school and when you think of a Behavior Chart automatically, you assume elementary. However, in Middle School I think it is important to continue to foster positive behavior in the classroom. Each period gets a drawer from a small bin like this one from Staples. I have a six drawer organizer that holds each periods clothes pins. The clothes pins are labeled with each students name and everyday a student places the entire class set on "Ready to Learn". As the class progresses, students will go up or down depending on a number of factors as showing excellent behavior, participation, good deeds or acts of kindness! On the discipline level, you should follow school protocol but I have had to make parent phone calls to discuss a behavior plans. Since implementing this behavior chart my classroom runs smoother and students are reaching for that top spot "STAR Student"! I pass out school bucks, homework passes, +2 points on activity grades, even jolly ranchers. I highly recommend starting this system earlier than later!
I am going to continue working diligently and with a purpose so please make sure you follow my store and progress as I make my way through the world of Teachers Pay Teachers and being a Middle School Math Teacher! May the odds forever be in our favor!