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How You Can Improve the “Office”

I know you probably have a collection of “offices” in your classroom–you know the two file folders stapled together and laminated if you went the extra mile.  I have a collection of colored file folder ones from when I was in the classroom.  I loved these things!  We would pull them out any time we tested or I wanted students to think independently.

Well, guess what!  Someone has improved “the office”!  The resource teacher borrows the back of my room to work with some of her students.  One day she left this up.  I thought it was genius!  If using a round table, do this for four kids at a time. offices-1

 

She made four regular offices by stapling two file folders together…

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Then she clipped the four offices together with paper clips and binder clips.  This allowed four students to sit and work privately.

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And voil’a taking file folder office to the next level!

Liebster Award Nomination

Wow, what a nice surprise to find that Pat, from Growing Grade by Grade, sweetly nominated my blog for The Liebster Award!

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  It is to show new bloggers that they are appreciated and to help spread the word about new blogs.

The rules:

*You must post 11 random things about yourself.

*Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.

*Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.

*Choose 11 blogs you love {with less than 200 followers} and link them in your post.

*No tag back {but please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you!}

Here goes…

11 Random Things About Me:

I love photography!

I have a furry black chipoo.

I love the Greek song where they break plates!  It makes me happy!

I hate going to the doctor.

I think sitting in the DMV feels like a Seinfeld episode which makes me chuckle to myself when I go there.

To relax at home, I use essential oils in my diffuser.  My favorite is 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of peppermint, and 2 drops of lemon.

One of my goals is to read A Patriot’s History of the United States.  It is 800 pages and so I’m not very far along.

I love to bake desserts!

The older I get the more I realize that you are still the same person but in an older body, so it may be true that youth is wasted on the young.

I like to make a change in jobs about every five years to keep myself from being stagnant.  I don’t ever want to be resistant to growing and learning.  Challenge is what makes you stronger.

I like to grow things!  For example, I like to take the green onions from the grocery store that I don’t use and put them in the ground or grow herbs.

My 11 Questions with Answers:

  1. What’s your guilty TV pleasure? The bachelor…I get sucked in to it every time!
  2. What is your favorite movie of all time?  Chronicles of Narnia
  3. What is your favorite book of all time?  The Hiding Place
  4. What is your favorite holiday and why? Valentines Day because you can give to someone without them feeling obligated to give back.
  5. As a teacher, what is a strength of yours? Classroom management
  6. Describe your favorite dessert.  Cold, yummy ice cream specifically Rum Raisin from Haagan Daaz
  7. What describes your home decorating style?  Thrift store remakes.  I like to refinish used furniture.
  8. If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be? Jim Caviezel
  9. What do you hope to receive for your next birthday? jewelry
  10. What is something that you learned recently? Since I have been studying essential oils, I learned that they have a MHz reading and so does our body.  I learned that the human body has a MHz reading between 62 and 68 MHz.  When your MHz dip below 60 you start getting sick, but essential oils raise your MHz making it more difficult for your body to get sick.
  11. What is your favorite subject to teach?   Math!

Questions for Blogs I’m Nominating:

1. Who is your celebrity look alike?

2.  What is your teaching super power?

3. What is something you wish you knew 10 years ago and why?

4. If you had $10,000 to give away, who would you give it to? Why?

5.  If you could put yourself in a TV show, which one would it be and why?

6.  What is your favorite hobby?

7.  What book have you learned most from?

8.  What do you like best about teaching?

9.  What do you like least about teaching?

10.  When you have had a bad day at work, what is your comfort food?

11. Who is your teacher hero? Why?

The 11 Blogs I’m Nominating:

  1. Managing and Motivating Math Minds
  2. Fantastically Fifth
  3. Kinder Molly
  4. Hamilton Ed Solutions
  5. True Life I’m a Teacher
  6. Third Grade Grapevine
  7. Steele Teaching
  8. Strive to Sparkle
  9.  Ms. E Teaches Math
  10. Teaching in High Heels
  11. Food and Forte

And don’t forget that if you were nominated, to come back and comment on this post with a link to your post so I can go and read all about you!

Need a Thoughtful Inexpensive Teacher Gift?

For Christmas I wanted something thoughtful, yet inexpensive to give to a few of my close coworkers.  Since I have been learning about essential oils, I recently attended a make-and-take party at which we made sugar scrub.  As a result, I decided to make sugar scrubs for my co-workers and decided to even take a scrub to a retirement party I am soon to attend.  For the retirement party, I put a label on the lid that says “Reti
rement is Sweet”.  Here is the one I am taking to the retirement party…

SugarScubRetirement-1Now the cute “handmade just for you” labels I found ready made at one of my favorite places–Hobby Lobby.  I made the sugar scrub labels/directions and you can download them here if you like.  They don’t really show in the above picture but they are behind the “handmade just for you” tag.

After considering many different recipes, I didn’t like the dryer feel of using a tablespoon of coconut oil so I made mine with almond oil.

Recipe:

Make sure you have two different bowls.  You will want a smaller one for the oil and a larger one for the sugar.  Use any combination of white and brown sugar you want.  I chose white sugar because I didn’t want to overwhelm the smell of the essential oils.  Brown sugar tends to do this.

I used 8oz. sized mason jars.

In the oil bowl:

I put ¼ cup of almond oil (available at health food stores such as whole foods).

5-8 drops of essential oils of your choice.

a few drops of Vitamin E oil

Stir the oil ingredients slowly in the oil bowl.

In the sugar bowl:

I put ¾ cup of sugar.

I slowly poured the oil into the sugar bowl and mixed with a fork until the oil was absorbed by the sugar little by little.

To complete, I spooned the sugar scrub mixture into the mason jar.  You can cut out pretty scrapbook paper to place underneath the ring of the mason jar.  To get a perfect circle just trace the flat circular lid.  Then attached pretty ribbon and the tags.

 

 

Merry Christmas!

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Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!

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Nifty Tricks for the Number 6!

The other day I came across this and never realized that 6 multiplication facts repeated in this way or had this pattern!  Imagine, I have been looking for patterns in the 6’s for years and never realized this.  Did you?!

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I mean I knew you could double your 3’s facts to find your 6 facts, but I never realized this happened with the even numbers.  I am sure you can tell by the image above that the factor multiplied by 6 repeats in the ones place of the product!  Hmmm, I wonder if this happens with more digits?  Well, does it? 🙂  What a great problem to pose to your students.  Then ask them to show other examples of this working or not working with larger numbers.  I wonder about odd numbers….does this idea work with odd numbers?  Hmmmm?  What fun!!!  Do you know any more tricks that work with 6?

Are You Taller Than a Third Grader?

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With the combination of special programs and snow days, our time to teach all of the standards before our 3rd graders’ PARCC test is running out.  With this in mind, I made a graph to help third grade out using the data from the whole 3rd grade with a fraction line plot.  This type of  graph and fractions are not as familiar to third graders because they haven’t been exposed to line plots in earlier grade levels.  I put the graph in a central location where other grade levels could see it.  That way other students could experience measurement and interpreting graphs as well.

 

I started out with an area by the water fountains for repeated exposure to student traffic.

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Next I put up a strip of this amazing ruler like tape that I got at Office Depot when they had all of their special masking tape at back-to-school time.  The tape counts every 12 inches.  So in the picture below, I marked off every twelve inches with little triangles that mentioned that each 12 inches was 1 foot.  Next, I marked off the fractions of an inch with stickers.  I marked off the halves, thirds, and fourths so that students could easily see the relationship between the graph and the tape measure.Tape

Then I had students come a few at a time and measure themselves to the closest fraction of a foot.  Students recorded their X’s on sticky notes.  The only reason I had them record their X’s on sticky notes is because this ensured having them all the same size.  Line plots can make data look skewed if students don’t draw their X’s the same size.  Plus on the PARCC assessment when students drag X’s on the line plot graph questions, students drag the X’s into little boxes which makes test question boxes resemble sticky notes.  Students got to initial their X.  Also, if students in the least bit chuckled about anyone else’s height because they were short, I immediately told them they wouldn’t even get to put an X on the graph.  After I graphed most of the students from two classes, I only had two students who didn’t get to put their X on the graph because of this reason.

Here is the whole picture of everything with a more than willing model :)…Slide5

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Merry Christmas!!!

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Thank you to Educlips for the beautiful illustration of this adorable penguin!

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