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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…

Creating My First .GIF Banner!

As I am on this TpT journey, I hope to share my insights with you as well! If you are an active TpT'er you will notice somethings that the normal "sellers" just don't have in their store. One of these items have been on my To-Do-List since opening my store. Rotating Banners, seems easy right?! Well... I'm pleased to Present (drumroll...) My very first and personally created ROTATING BANNER!  <the crowd screams - ahhhh>
This task may seem to have been an easy one BUT... Let me tell you! Noooo! It was actually very tedious in finding the correct directions. Many people purchase pre-made banners, but I really like to add my own style to my store! What do you think???? 
Kudos to Home Run Teaching, her step-by-step directions were exactly correct and was so useful! Visit her store here!

Weekly Bell Work

Weekly Bell Work Whole Numbers for 6th Grade ReviewWhole Numbers Bell WorkI have been working on making my warm-ups available and now the first two series are up! Weekly Bell Work: Whole Numbers (Freebie) and Weekly Bell Work: Whole Numbers Word Problem Edition. These two series are part of many more to come!
They both are extremely useful with a particular focus on Whole Numbers using Addition and Subtraction. I will be completing my sixth grade warm-ups prior to releasing seventh and eighth grade.
However, you can stay informed by following me on Pinterest, Blogger or TpT!
Ratios & Unit Rates Bell Work Since the above release of my first two units in the 6th Grade Bell Work Set, I have finished with a very fun warm-up revolving around Ratios and Unit Rates. It is one of my personal favorite units because ratios are vital to understanding proportions, similarity and not to mention fractions!  One of the many goals with these warm-ups is to grab your students attention and get the…

New Blogger

Well... Let me start with how excited I am that my personal teaching journey has lead me to become a BLOGGER! 

It's a big step in my realm for my own individual growth and reaching out to my followers.  Thank you for all your continuous support and feedback. 

Please take a moment and visit my TpT store HERE
"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you" -B.B. King

Introduction

Let me tell you a bit about myself... HI! My name is Tiarra Arthur!  I am passionate about middle school math and came to love it by accident!  HA!  Here's a bit of my background for you:
In college my major was Secondary Education, so I knew I wanted to be a teacher -- However, my focus was on Biology NOT Math!  After graduating, there was no openings in my county for ANY science positions and I hastily snatched a teaching position as an English pool teacher.  I joined the school system mid-year so I had my work cut out for me. At the end of that year, I was presented an opportunity by my amazing Principal to secure a 7th Grade Math Classroom.  I jumped at it since science and math go hand in hand.  
I was up for the challenge! 
That year, was full of excitement for me. Not only was I a young teacher learning the ways of the world but I was also wanting my students to absorb information.  During that first year, I found my passion in creating math activities centered around station…