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8 Great Secondary Math Pinterest Boards

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Are you a middle or high school math teacher looking for great teaching ideas/blog posts/resources, but are afraid that a quick click on Pinterest may lead you down a never-ending rabbit hole?  We have scoured Pinterest for 8 great secondary math boards to save you time and provide plenty of math “Pinspiration.”  Enjoy! Math TeachingRead more

9 Elementary Math Pinterest Boards You Should Follow

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Finding great quality images on Pinterest can turn a “let me check Pinterest for something really quick” into an “I’ve been on Pinterest for 3 hours and still don’t know what I’m teaching tomorrow” affair.  Do you want to find some great content without losing your mind, or the next 3 hours of your life? Read more

Copywork for the Modern Classroom

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What the Heck is Copywork? Copywork is a practice that is common in the homeschooling community, but seldom makes an appearance in today’s “modern” classrooms.  It is exactly what it sounds like – students “copying” the writing of other people with the primary goal of improving the student’s handwriting.  Each day, or a few days eachRead more

Why I Don’t Drink Soda in Front of My Students

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When I was in fourth grade, I had a nice enough teacher, Mrs. Adams. Every day after lunch, she would crack open an icy cold soda and place it on her desk. I would stare at it longingly. I was instantly parched. She would sip on it between sentences and throw it away at theRead more

Coordinate Grid Activity Part 2

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This is a great activity to get ALL of your students learning about and using coordinate grids.  My students had a blast doing this activity.  It’s especially great for students who are tactile/kinesthetic learners.  Click here to read our previous blog post about how to create a coordinate grid with your class. Materials Coordinate GridRead more

Coordinate Grid Team Building Activity

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To kick off the second semester, and to give my math students a team-building experience, I decided to do a hands-on activity with coordinate grids.  I did this with a mixed-ability group of 5th and 6th graders. Set up I put a sample coordinate grid up on the document camera, and told the students thatRead more

Using the World as Your Classroom

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Field trips take time, planning, and a little bit of bravery on the part of the accompanying teachers.  Is it really worth all of the hassle and resources it takes to bring students on field trips?  We believe that field trips offer advantages that cannot be equaled in the classroom setting.  Here are a fewRead more

Looks Like, Sounds Like – Character Trait Anchor Chart

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What is a Looks Like/Sounds Like Chart? A“Looks Like, Sounds Like” anchor chart is a great way to discuss character traits or academic traits that you’d like to emphasize in your class. What Age/Grade Range is Appropriate for This Activity? I especially enjoy the effectiveness of this activity for students in Grades 2-4. You canRead more

7 Reasons You Need to Teach Cursive

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With the rise of technology and the multitude of standards that teachers are asked to cover, cursive writing has quickly fallen by the wayside.  Some of the high school students I’ve worked with type all of their work and have little or no experience with cursive writing.  While technically a legal “signature” may be printedRead more