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End of the Year

Wow, the end is near for many of you! 

Congratulations for making it and I hope you look forward to the summer!  Remember, the next school year will be here in no time. It is literally like you blink and BAM, new school year and new kids.  It is mid-May now and many of you have a few weeks left before the last day of school.  Wondering what to do with that? Don't fiddle your fingers waiting for the day to end with nothing to do - Use these MATH Choice Boards! 
MATH Choice Boards
They will make reviewing the year's content enjoyable and meaningful with student led activities that will require critical thinking and peer reviewing.  Each 5 BIG Domains have their own Choice Board filled with a variety of activities that students can pick on their own to accomplish.  Examples include making Vocabulary study cards, journal entries, brochures, color by codes and foldables!  I have included ALL the templates that you will need to begin the portfolios so all you have to do is supply t…
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Hop into #SpringSavings

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 rectangul…

JENGA Math Center

Jenga Math Centers One of my TOP 10 Favorite Centers Jenga!  I'm sure you have played this super addicting game as a child and couldn't wait for someone to topple that tower so you could shout out "JENGA!".  Well... I brought that pure joy into my classroom with Math Jenga.  I started out using my original product on Rational Numbers (addition and subtraction of fractions).
It was such a hit that I have since added to my list of Jenga Editions with:
1. Rational #s 2. Inequalities 3. Scientific Notation 4. Combining Like Terms
and now... my latest edition on Proportions!!! 
You can snag these bad boys at $1.50 a pop and very soon I will be making these my first ever BUNDLE edition... ahh... my oh my! I am really excited about it!! 
These games are perfect for those quick twenty minute stations you dream of having in your math classroom.  Students will be begging to keep going, trust me! Mine, didn't want to leave after the bell rang!  Answer keys are always inclu…

MATH Centers

M-A-T-H Centers Info on Centers Starting centers in Middle School can be a daunting task. BUT... they are so worth the time and sweat with the pay off the students learn.  We all are in the know that middle school students are in a transitional phase. They exhibit character traits that are still in the developing stages so typically they're chatting, have short term attention spans and sometimes can stray to off topic conversations as easy as turning a page. All the factors weighing against establishing centers in your math classroom are real and relevant. With that being said, it is still the most valuable way to spend time in your classroom.  Peer support and communication for your low level students is beyond what you can provide to them. Just like my toddler, I can visibly see how much more he learns by watching older kids.  This is the exact way our students learn too - by observing, listening, talking through obstacles and discussing methods for problem solving. 
The age ol…

Winter is Here!

October and November (almost to the end) has come and gone! Where did the last two months go?  I remember, they have been filled with diy Dinosaur Costume attire and Thanksgiving menu prep <rofl>  It has for sure been a good Fall but I am really looking forward to cooler weather, camp fires and Christmas Lights.  We just got ours up and the twinkling glow is already filling my heart with positive vibes.

On to the real business of things.  I am hear to shout to the moon and back, that kids love Christmas Holidays. You know, the excitement and childlike behavior that fills your middle school classroom with chaos and shenanigans. Each day ends with a countdown of when you are released as well!  Turn all that negative energy into positive ones with Winter Themed Activities that are not only fun but challenging for your Math classes!

I am a huge advocate of Winter Break material. I teach at a Title 1 school, which means I have many students that are of low economic status. I large …

Bringing Back Holidays to the Classroom!

There is no question that students (and teachers) get giddy over the Holidays at the end of the year.  It is jammed pack with celebrations such as Halloween, Fall Festivals, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Winter Break and New Years. Mind you, that all of these are within three short months!  That is why it is so important to acknowledge the excitement and in turn, draw the chaos into a controllable way with Fall and Winter Inspired Activities! 

Fall Themed Activities:
These are all perfect for a 5th to 6th Grade Math Classroom!

First, is my Fractions Set of Fall Themed Activities!  The Task Cards include QR Codes that can be easily scanned for a self-checking answer key. I L-O-V-E using technology in my class and I know you would too if you had the right type of easily accessibly tech for your students to use!  Most if not all, upper elementary to middle school students have used QR Codes before! Therefore, the instructional know-how is already done! Just in case, I have…

Back to School 2017

I have been devoting many hours in product creating since May to ready my store for this HUGE back to school event. Last year and the years prior, I just didn't have time to spare in between juggling work, married and new mom life I was just trying to complete my daily tasks.

I will give myself props now since I have been a master at accomplishing things haha But... on the serious note!

My goal was clear: Sell more than I did last year!  Since my sales were close to dismal the prior year it was my driving force!  I marketed myself on my regular teacher blogs and Facebook that I was doing a storewide sale of 20%. The sale lasted three days prior to one of the biggest TpT site wide sales for Back to School.  My experiment was to test if I increased the days of the sales for my customers they would purchase items prior to the big sale. 

I am a guppy right now swimming in a current surrounded by Megalodons to put in perspective how competitive Teachers pay Teacher is! So I wanted t…