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Just Wait....

I recently saw a post on Facebook called 'Joy, or Just Wait?' It talked about new parents constantly being barraged with, "Oh just wait until they are teenagers..." or, "Oh just wait until (fill in the blank with something negative about parenting)...". In a round about way this made me think about my teaching career. (For the full article click here.) Parenting can be challenging and so can teaching. There is a lot of negativity that surrounds both. The summer before I started teaching I was working hard to get prepared. Third grade was completely new to me and I didn't know...

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Math Task Explanation Part 3

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Math Task Explanation Part 3

Welcome back to part 3 of my math task explanations! I hope that you have found this useful to you and that it answers any questions you may have. If not, please leave your questions in the comment section and I'll try to help clarify. Part 3: The Actual Task I will be using a 5th grade level task to walk through. A third grade level task is found in my Free Math Task Explanations set. I start by briefly reviewing the Math Task Procedures. Then I simply read over the task using the document camera and have the students use their finger to...

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Wall Folders for Classroom Management

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Wall Folders for Classroom Management

One thing that I have LOVED using in my classroom is wall folders. Wall folders seriously saved my sanity over and over. They help with classroom organization, collecting student work, grading, entering grades, managing late work, classroom procedures and more! I really have to give a shout-out to my site teacher when I was student teaching. She is the one who gave me the idea (one of many). How to make wall folders: 1. First, you take colored folders. I used the thicker ones for durability. 2. Add your students names. This can be done in many different ways. My...

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Math Task Explanations Part 2

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Math Task Explanations Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my enthralling series called "Math Task Explanations"!  (If you missed part 1 you can click here: Math Task Explanations Part 1) I talked briefly about the procedures I set up in my classroom when doing a task and now I want to get into the nitty gritty. Exciting right? As mentioned before, I did tasks with my other teaching half. She is a FANTASTIC and strong teacher and I have learned so much from her. This means that we had about 45 kids in my room on task day. Translation: PROCEDURES WERE A MUST! We would...

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Math Task Explanations Part 1

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Math Task Explanations Part 1

I have had several people ask me to go into more detail about my math tasks. I know that sometimes they can seem confusing and even way beyond your students. I promise they can do it and so can you!! (You can also download my Free Math Task Explanations for more information) Two years ago my state had a MAJOR training on math tasks. This was where I learned what was expected and how to create them. This is also where I accidentally flashed the assistant superintendent while pumping (I was still breast feeding my daughter) during a break. Alas that is...

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