These are few of my favorite things…

We all have our favorite items that we love to teach with… Here are some of my latest..


Which I found at my favorite shopping location… Amazon.

They look like this on the desk.


ewwww… that’s an ugly pic… Probably because I cropped the photo and tried to get the entire number line… As you can barely see is -20 to 20. The Desk Tape is a STICKER that comes on a roll with a backing so you pull them off the roll, pull off the backing and stick down on the desk. My kids have written on them with pencil and pulled up the corners of one tape but I love them!! They were exactly what I was looking for in a number line. The tape is about an inch wide and oh I don’t know 2.5 feet long or so (disclaimer – I did not measure them…).

I love these boxes for holding papers…


I have no idea where I got these but I saw something similar this weekend on Amazon… In fact I think that is exactly the product… They do come flat and you do have to assemble them but they have survived several years of holding papers in my classroom. After three or so years, they looked pretty grimy from random pencil shavings being dumped in them but they function exactly as I need them to, as a place to put paper in my classroom that I need to do something with… I don’t carry the boxes around, I pull the papers out and stick those in my bag… You know the one, the giant teacher purse that holds everything from my lunch to student work to the latest scheme I’m working on… 🙂


When I get a few extra minutes…

I had a “fall break” of a whole day… so I was crafting… IMG_20151013_071438   IMG_20151013_071451

I bought some canvases a few years ago when Michael’s had them BOGO. I ordered the sayings from Amazon (confession time… I’m an Amazon addict… currently working on my recovery). I painted the canvases orange, applied my sayings, painted over them with the navy and then pulled off the letters… They look okay from a distance. 🙂 (Extra confession… one of the canvases was from one of those group painting classes and I didn’t like how mine turned out so I painted over it… DIY and reclamation all in the same project!!)


This saying wasn’t quite how I expected it so … It’s a bit different… It’s hard to take pics with my phone without a glare… so I’m working on that … It’s all a part of the journey.

What the BLEEP am I doing?

I am in my 13th year of post high school education… 13th!! I say it’s because I’m crazy… It’s in no small part because I love the act of learning, growing your mind, and becoming a better contribution to this planet. I’m working on my latest degree in Curriculum and Instruction and have been thinking a LOT about how teachers teach, how we teach teachers, and how to contribute to the knowledge base.

I’m supposed to be reading and writing for my dissertation and apparently I’m procrastinating yet again… 🙂  I digress. The math twitter blogosphere fascinates me.  I get lost for hours (or at least an entire planning period) digging into what has been published and how to utilize their amazing ideas in my own classroom. I am currently co-teaching all day, which is amazing, but I am constantly looking for ways to enhance my practice. (We are on a block schedule so I will have a resource class in the Spring).

Interactive notebooks are coming… I may spend all of winter break getting ready but I’m determined… I found daily warm-ups and plan to use them. Mondays are light on these so I’ll have to address that… and I’ve had to change some of the problems to make them work for Foundations of Algebra.

Sketchnoting…  I cannot wait to use this… (and Vicki at Cool Cat Teacher is my hero, js.) I’ve got a lot to learn about these and I can’t draw so I’ll have to work on that part too… But hey what’s teaching if you’re not learning?!? Dr. Mike White was presenting at a conference and said something like schools should be places were everyone is learning. I’m paraphrasing but still… He was right.

So I’m starting the journey… the journey to record what works and maybe sometimes what doesn’t… and the journey to add to the collective. One day at a time… Shel Silverstein had it right… so here’s to eating my whale…