Monday, December 31, 2012

Hi Everyone!!

     Well I got some new followers--Welcome!!  I am so excited to be part of this new community.  However, I have a lot to learn.  I joined a Linky Party 2013 and finally figured out how to create and upload my New Years Resolutions.

To join the party use the following link to download your "What's ahead in 2013"

Still not sure how to grab a button.

I am so excited about the new year!  I love teaching math and so far I am really enjoying the new Common Core Curriculumn.  I plan on reading and researching educational blogs and sites this year.  I am going to get a new printer for my classroom (right away), so I can print in color and not have to use our faculty share printer which is always jammed or broken.  I also need a new desk!!  It's an old wood one, but pieces keep breaking off and the cheetah duck tape doesn't look so hot!  I will have to post a picture one day of my desk--hideous! 

 I hope to get more followers and create a fantastic blog.

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!

Math Central

Friday, December 28, 2012

Welcome to my blog!!

 Well, it has been a very interesting school year so far.  The start of the Common Core Curriculum, APPR, and Hurricane Sandy.  I still cannot believe it is the end of December already.  It seems like the first few months of school flashed by before my eyes--almost like an out of body experience.

 Hurricane Sandy destroyed most of my area including schools.  I was one of the lucky ones, but many of my friends and co-workers lost their homes, cars and schools.  Some of the students in my area had to combine into one elementary school where there were 50 students per class and a few teachers.  Talk about a difficult situation, but they survived and are now back home in their own elementary schools.  The high school in the area has major structural issues and students have to be bused to another town where the district is renting two empty elementary schools until the high school is ready.  Electric is back almost everywhere and people are starting to re-build, but so many people will not be able to go home for months.

Tree damage by Hurricane Sandy at neighbors house

 APPR is another interesting new feature this school year.  I received my first official rating, have a ton of new paper work, and began creating my big binder of evidence.  I would love to share ideas and thoughts on the binder.

 The Common Core Curriculum has been an exciting new approach to 6th grade math.  I am really enjoying the slow down to the math curriculum.  The past 6 years the curriculum has been jam packed with a new topic every day.  This Common Core Curriculum allows us as teachers the time to explore and develop mathematical concepts.  Hope it stays that way--you know what I mean!

 I am looking forward to developing relationships via this blog with other teachers so we can share  our thoughts and ideas.  I have already found some great activities on some of the blogs I am currently following for my math classroom.

 Follow me and I will share ideas, thoughts, activities, lessons, printables, white board activities, power points, and many other resources.

Free Power Point Lesson: Evaluating Algebraic Expressions

Have a fantastic day!!!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hi, this is my first time setting up a blog.  I am a 6th grade math teacher.  I have lots of ideas, lesson plans, and great activities to share.