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What Am I Talking About?

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I took the text from my most recent six posts and put them into a word cloud generator. Here's what happened:


Larger words are used more often. I love that students, teachers, and math are so visible. Next I see think, like, Twitter, work, time, and blog.
This can be a pretty powerful tool to use to see what you are talking about! What would happen if you copied and pasted the text from work emails? Tweets? Could your students use this tool for reflection as well?

#D100BloggerPD: What Inspires You?

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If you are following along with the #D100BloggerPD, you know I'm third to post on the topic, "What Inspires You." Check out Post 1 and Post 2 from some great bloggers in my district! You can also follow the hashtag on Twitter as educators will be posting all month (9 in all) about this topic!

One fun thing about this #D100BloggerPD is it gives bloggers that write about all different topics a chance to work together on a joint project. I blog about math, some others blog about literacy/reading, while others might be more general education bloggers. I love the idea that new readers might come across my blog and realize it's not *only* about math, or even that math isn't as scary as they thought! :)

So while the topic is "What Inspires You," I am taking the opportunity to blog about what inspires me in math education. Many of my regular readers know about #MTBoS, in which case, you will just find this as a love letter to something you already know is grea…

A Day in the Life

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This post is my contribution to the #MTBoS Blogging Initiative! I'm writing about a day in the life of being a middle school math teacher. This happens to be about yesterday:

5:00- Alarm goes off, turn off quickly so I don't bug my husband too much.
5:15- Check my phone. There is a morning Twitter Chat #BFC530 (Breakfast Club 5:30) that I like to follow.
5:30- Get in the shower, get dressed, start hair/makeup
6:05- Help my husband get my daughter up, dressed. Pack lunch, pour my orange juice (pregnancy craving!)
6:25- Leave the house, drive hubby to the train
6:40- Natalie and I are on our way!
7:15- Arrive at daycare, drop off Natalie
7:30- Arrive at school. Park in one of the reserved "pregnancy parking spots" right outside of school. So nice for my school to be so thoughtful! Get to my classroom, start preparing for the day. Look at my calendar, check Twitter, check email. Look over my plans for today (changing fractions to decimals). Students will use dry erase …

One Word

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I saw many Twitter friends posting their "One Word" for 2016. The idea is to choose a word that can focus you for the new year.

Last year, I didn't officially choose one word at the beginning of 2015. However, when I was dealing with many classroom management issues, after returning from maternity leave, I centered myself around the word "calm." I made a banner that I hung in my classroom and was even the cover photo on my Twitter page!

I tried to keep this word in mind whenever dealing with difficult issues in my life: parenthood, team leader, students, and even challenging adult interactions. It was a great word and perfect for last year.

This year, I wanted to pick a word that I could again apply to both my school life and personal life. I've chosen "authentic."

I chose authentic because I like the idea of trying to stay true to myself and my core beliefs. I don't think that I particularly stray too much from what I believe, however sometim…

Three Things

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Twitter:

1. Ilana Horn (@tchmathculture) had a great idea to ask the #MTBoS to tweet their favorite or most popular posts of the year using the hashtag #MTBOS2015. I tweeted both my favorite post and most popular post and got lots of people visiting my blog!

2. Some teachers in my district started a monthly chat (#D100chat). It's been great participating and connecting with teachers across my district!

3. Love seeing a tweet like this one by Martin Joyce (@martinsean). It's so cool to be able to recommend resources to teachers from all over!


Resources and Blogs:
1. If you have iPads in your classroom you just have to try Class Kick. My favorite for having kids working and giving timely feedback.
2. My students absolutely beg to do Kahoot! I like it too, but try to limit our use to once every few weeks. I think it could lose it's novelty and I don't want that to happen. One word of caution-- it's a game where accuracy and speed are rewarded. Be cautious with the speed …