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OK...so we just got home from seeing the Lego Movie and I just HAD to redo the title of this post. Have you seen it? Super cute! Anyway...back to the regularly scheduled post. Do you ever have an AWESOME lesson idea at home, plan it out, knowing it will Read More...



So now that Math Workshop is organized and ready to go (read my first post on organization here ), you are probably wondering just what the kids are doing at each station. I know that for me, figuring out exactly what I wanted each student to do each Read More...



I have been doing a form of Math Workshop (we call them rotations in my room) for a few years now. It has worked just fine, but I felt that I wasn't really holding my students as accountable as I could. I also wanted to work in a bit more small group Read More...


January is always a time of renewal for me. I begin the year with high hopes, lots of great ideas, and a smile on my face. Come December, though, all of those hopes and ideas usually take a back seat to reality. So over winter break, now knowing my students Read More...


I came back to this awesome note on my easel! Hi everyone! Remember me?? I am Stephanie, you know, the girl who hasn't blogged in a month? Yeah. That's me. But I have three amazingly adorable excuses why. :) Anyway, as we all are well aware, maternity Read More...


I teach at a magnet school. (if you are unsure about what a magnet is, here is some background ) Because of this, my classroom (as is the entire school) is filled with a great deal of diversity. Many of my students are the sons or daughters of immigrants Read More...


Like myself, many of you learn best when you actually see it (which is why, I suspect, you follow blogs ;) ) So I thought I would show you the very first week of our Calendar Math pages in pictures. I wrote about the process of how I set up the first Read More...


As an introduction to our year in math this year, I wanted to get the kids looking at all the ways the math that they were going to encounter would actually be found in the real world. So last week, our first week back, I sent the kids on a little scavenger Read More...


You can see the homework here. If you are a follower of this blog, you know that there are certain things I do in my room that I am really passionate about and truly believe in. One is Calendar Math . I could go on for days and days about it (and from Read More...


OK....so I have been working for the past few weeks on something that I am soooooo excited to bring to you. As you all know, I LOOOVVVEEE Calendar Math. It is the one single subject that I have written more about on my blog than any other because it is Read More...


I am tired. My belly hurts (though I did just go to the doctor today and everything is fine. I just need more electrolytes and rest :) ) and my brain is a pile of mush by the end of the day (you know, prime blogging time ;) ) The end of the year this Read More...


Last week, we were focusing on adding and subtracting integers. If you remember, I wrote a post about how I got the students to understand the process here , but they really seemed to need a bit more this year. So after scouring the internet, I found Read More...


Today, I have a little introductory lesson to share with you. This took one math session, and the kids really seemed to get it when we were done. We have started our unit on geometry and geometric solids. To introduce the concept, I played on the fact Read More...


With February fast approaching, that means Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I know that many people are gearing up for parties and celebrations but, eh, that just isn't me. I shared with you last year that I really don't make too big a deal Read More...


For years, I have used math journals as a way for the students to copy what I was writing on the board and have a place to do some math problems that they couldn't do in the book (because, well, you can't write in text book!) But this summer, that all Read More...




