Skip to main content

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 stations or rotations.

So many trials and tribulations lead me to becoming a proficient Math Teacher and a stronger one at that!  Middle school students are unlike their younger and older counterparts - anyone can tell you that!  They have a strange mix of childlike mentalities in a almost teenager body --haha!

With that being said, it was a difficult adjustment for my students and myself included. I was so comfortable in college teaching science that I knew I had to implement those teaching processes to my current field of Math.  So I did!  I started from the ground up, literally! No one in my grade level was using centers so I was "all by myself" <singing the song too> BUT, I was confident in my abilities. 

In the end it was a beautiful experience and extremely valuable at that. That year, after assessments were completed our data came back from the county that I had the top performing students in my grade level! Toot my horn - whoop whoop!  All I can say, is that centers is where its at! 

Follow my Blog and learn my secrets :) I look forward to this experience!!!!

Popular posts from this blog

Middle School Math Mazes for 6th and 7th graders {FREEBIE}

Why Math Mazes? Well, did I mention they are FREE <rofl>… but seriously, these Math Mazes can make a big impact depending on their usage.  I love them to continue learning in a fast, quick and almost painless way.  These are perfect for a refresher of covered material or as a way to introduce topics, vocabulary and content!  
Each Math Maze contains between 8-10 questions and students will work through a maze to complete the activity.  Plus, they fit into a 6th or 7th grade classroom seamlessly! Each Math Maze focuses on a different concept and you can access them at my TpT Store:  Types of Angles andTypes of Polygons.
I know you will find these Math Mazes useful and so will your students. Below is an example from the Types of Angles edition which focuses on the differences between Complementary (two angles with a sum of 90 degrees), Supplementary (two angles with a sum of 180 degrees), Adjacent (two angles that share a vertex) and Vertical angles (two angles that are equivalent…

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…

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 …