Friday, August 5, 2011

Finally Friday ~ Relax


For me, this was the students' first day back at school!  Exciting, hectic...all the usual first day stuff.

Whether you're back at school already or heading that way in a couple weeks, remember to leave school at school when you leave the building on Friday (as much as possible), and enjoy your time off on the weekend.

Relax and rejuvenate!

Here's a great article about stress-relief and unwinding.  There are some great tips to keep in mind throughout the school year!

Mathematically yours,

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Three Things Thursday ~ Quotes for the Classroom

I love having motivational posters in my classroom.  I want my students to read them and I enjoy reading them, too!

There are many different sayings out there and many that I like.

I've recently come across a few more that I wanted to share with you.

These could be made on your computer and printed if you can't find them in a store.




Keep the positive thinking alive and well!

Mathematically yours,

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Whacky Wednesday ~ you've never seen them before!

Back-to-school is in full swing, so of course we're thinking about our rooms and school supplies.

School supplies make you think about pencils...and that's the inspiration for this week's whackiness!

Pencil Shoes...REALLY?!?

Shoes made from colored pencils!  Maybe not quite as crazy as the one's above! o_O

Finally, I guess you could paint your nails to look like an eraser...hmmmm...

You may never look at pencil the same way again. ;)

Mathematically yours,

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tip Tuesday ~ Chalkboard Clothespins

As I have been feeling uber crafty lately...thanks to Pinerest, I wanted to share a tip - with a twist. 

Rebecca over at Create-Share-Inspire shows you how to create Chalkboard Clothespins.

These adorable little things would be great in ANY classroom for ANY content as a way to display student work!  

Self-contained, lower-grade classes could have each individual student's name on their own 'chalkboard'.  

Upper-grade classes with 100 or more students could label the boards according to what you are displaying.  Super Speller, Excellent Explanation, Wonderful Work, etc....

You can color-coordinate with your classroom decor and personal style!  I LOVE these!

So that's the tip this week...make some of these. :)

Mathematically (and Craftily) yours,

Monday, August 1, 2011

Math Game Monday ~ Muggins

Hi guys!  It's a super quick post today for Math Game Monday.  This is my first 'official' day back at school!

Muggins is a great game, lots of fun, and can be played a few different ways.  I use if for order of operations and integers.

My school has numerous sets which allows each 7th grade math teacher to have 6 - 8 games going at the same time!  We do a tournament between class periods and then between the 3 academic teams.

All of my students have loved this game so it's worth checking out!


From the Muggins Math website:
"Muggins math board games and manipulatives are not only educational but make learning FUN! Built the old fashioned way with wooden boards and marbles, the games are great for family game night as well as for the classroom and after school programs.
Our award-winning board games and manipulatives are for:
  • Individuals, families, students, classrooms, teachers, whole schools.
  • Ages 4 to Nuclear Physicist.
  • Those who love math or those who hate math.
  • Those who are math challenged and those who are number geniuses.
Our math games are guaranteed to challenge, build thinking skills, and increase self-confidence. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division have never been so much fun!"

Mathematically yours,