Thursday, May 31, 2012

My new adventure!

I just started my own Mary Kay business. I am so excited about the products and the business opportunity. Feel free to check out my website! I offer free shipping! :)
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Teacher of the Year

So honored and blessed to be voted Teacher of the Year at my school. I am a product of great teachers and wonderful coworkers!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Math Poster Project...Show What You Know!!!

I found the idea of this poster on pinterest and can't remember who I pinned it I'm not sure who to give credit for this, but I did take the idea and make it my own.

I let my 5th and 6th grade pick an objective of their choice to do their poster on as a review for state test next week. They were so burned out of test prep. With this activity they are still looking at test prep format, working a problem, and using justification and reasoning skills to explain in words the process of working the problem and why a certain answer is right or wrong. They really did a great job!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Variety Pack Kind of Day: Spring Festival, Renaissance Learning, and Butterfly Fractions

This original post is from 2012. I had to edit and it reposted. 

We were very pleased to host the CEO of Renaissance Learning, Glenn James, and his staff at our school's annual Spring Festival.

It was nice to have a sit down discussion about Renaissance products with them and how we as teachers use them in our classrooms. We also offered input of additional things we thought would enhance their products. 

Spring Festival

Our students performed traditional dances for the community at the festival. They did such a good job!!!

Butterfly Fractions (Addition and Subtraction)

I am super excited about this! I can't believe I have never seen this method of adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.  In some cases the students will still have to reduce to lowest terms.  But this will make this objective so much more manageable!!!
Notice...I do teach the conceptual knowledge of fractions. I use many hands on materials and teach a variety of ways to solve problems. I also like to give students a shortcut after they have learned how to work the problems.  

Click here to look at the examples on the original site:  Butterfly Fractions