Sunday, May 5, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Sale...

It's that time of year again...

TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale is May 7-8! I'm having a sale and am offering 20% off all items in my store Be sure to check-out with code TAD13 to get an additional 10% off. Click on the picture to be taken to my store.
 I just want to thank all the teachers out there that have put in so much time and effort to educate our kids. I love being part of a group of people that care more about others! I hope everyone has a wonderful week and can find some great deals along the way.

 Great graphic made by Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Calming the Chaos...

Welcome to the 
 Calming the Chaos Blog Hop   
hosted by 2peasandadog.
All of us bloggers have come together to share our top tips for making the last month of school run smoothly. Visit each of our blogs to learn something new and catch a freebie or two!
Happy Hopping!!!

Well, most of us are on our last month of school (jumping for joy)! It can be quite difficult to keep students engaged when testing is over and the weather is nice and sunny. Nobody wants to be locked in a classroom all day when it's so beautiful outside. Our EOI testing is now over for Algebra I and I have 3 weeks left until the last day of school.

One way that I calm the chaos in my classroom is I have my students work on a poster project for a 3 day period. My students have to find 5 newspaper articles that must contain math. They have to highlight the math that's included in the articles and then they are required to write a summary for each one. The summary has to include how math is being used in the article. If there are graphs that go with the article(s), I ask students to include it on their poster. Students are required to create their own title and it cannot be handwritten on the poster. Also, they cannot have a white poster board. I think white is boring and so I told them that I want lots of color! On the 4th day the students get up in front of the class and show off their project along with a 2-3 minute overview of their articles. I really like this because students become aware of how often math is written about in the news.

Here is a little freebie for you to enjoy. Click on the picture below and you'll be taken to it! Hope you visit the other blogs and we help you calm the chaos as our finishing point approaches!

Hope you enjoy and feel free to check out my TpT store and Pinterest.


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