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simplysheerene:

I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.
I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.
I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.
I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.
I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.
I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.
I refuse to let my current circumstances break my spirit.

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Dear Noah,

Your mom said I bought you this tiger because you have me wrapped around your little finger.

Not so, my friend…not so.

I bought you this because it made me think that you looked like Calvin and Hobbes together. That made me laugh.

Basically, buying the tiger for you was for my entertainment purposes.

I just want to make sure we’ve got the record straight.  Your little finger is free to move; I am in no way attached to it.

In fact, I don’t even want to touch your finger.  It’s probably been up your nose.

Thanks for letting me settle this matter and helping me clear up any confusion.  You’re awesome.  Sleep well, kid.

Love,
Auntie TJ

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Dear Noah,

Your mom said I bought you this tiger because you have me wrapped around your little finger.

Not so, my friend…not so.

I bought you this because it made me think that you looked like Calvin and Hobbes together. That made me laugh.

Basically, buying the tiger for you was for my entertainment purposes.

I just want to make sure we’ve got the record straight. Your little finger is free to move; I am in no way attached to it.

In fact, I don’t even want to touch your finger. It’s probably been up your nose.

Thanks for letting me settle this matter and helping me clear up any confusion. You’re awesome. Sleep well, kid.

Love,
Auntie TJ

dearnoahletters.tumblr.com

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Middle School Math Stations

teejay82:

I have been wanting to try math stations in my classroom. Most of what I’ve read has been for elementary school, so it’s been a challenge to try to figure out how to make everything I need to do fit in a 58-minute time frame.  We tried it for the first time this week, and it was…interesting.  I’m sure that the more we do it, though, the smoother it’s going to get; it has potential.  If anyone has any suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them!  =)

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Friday’s agenda.

My Reflection

What I liked about doing the math stations is the small groups I have in the “Meet with the Teacher” station.  Kids who don’t usually participate in whole class discussions were getting to volunteer answers and ask questions, and I could quickly check over their shoulder on each example if I wanted.  I’m hoping that the little bit of individual attention will be helpful to them.

What I am still unsure about is the time management and the behavior management of the other groups who are not working with me.  With the time management, I am adding an extra component of work—the computers—which might help to fill in gaps in their elementary math knowledge, but leaves less time in class for practice on the current content.

In regards to behavior, there are some students who did follow directions, but there are others who I’m fairly certain did not accomplish much when they were not with me.  I think it was more the habitual non-workers, so I don’t think station work would make their grade any lower, but I need to figure out a way to keep them on task better.

More specifics and a few pictures are after the break.  (Sorry for the long post, mobile app people…)

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Changed my mind. I think it would be better if I didn’t make specific days into station days. That would allow freedom to arrange lessons/quizzes together so that they’re not trying to remember unrelated topics together when they quiz.

I think I will make today a whiteboard review game/quiz day instead of a station day. Balloon Pop it is! I got and slightly adapted this game from misscalcul8’s blog. Students will be in groups, and each group has a set of 7 balloons (a picture I print out or put on a PowerPoint. In groups, students work together on a problem and write it on their own individual whiteboard. When time is up, I choose one person from each group randomly to come up and show their work and answer. If they are right, they get to pop another team’s balloon (cross it out on the picture) or bring back one of their own balloons if they have popped ones. At the end of our game time, the team with the most balloons wins!

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Middle School Math Stations

I have been wanting to try math stations in my classroom. Most of what I’ve read has been for elementary school, so it’s been a challenge to try to figure out how to make everything I need to do fit in a 58-minute time frame.  We tried it for the first time this week, and it was…interesting.  I’m sure that the more we do it, though, the smoother it’s going to get; it has potential.  If anyone has any suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them!  =)

image

Friday’s agenda.

My Reflection

What I liked about doing the math stations is the small groups I have in the “Meet with the Teacher” station.  Kids who don’t usually participate in whole class discussions were getting to volunteer answers and ask questions, and I could quickly check over their shoulder on each example if I wanted.  I’m hoping that the little bit of individual attention will be helpful to them.

What I am still unsure about is the time management and the behavior management of the other groups who are not working with me.  With the time management, I am adding an extra component of work—the computers—which might help to fill in gaps in their elementary math knowledge, but leaves less time in class for practice on the current content.

In regards to behavior, there are some students who did follow directions, but there are others who I’m fairly certain did not accomplish much when they were not with me.  I think it was more the habitual non-workers, so I don’t think station work would make their grade any lower, but I need to figure out a way to keep them on task better.

More specifics and a few pictures are after the break.  (Sorry for the long post, mobile app people…)

Read more …

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teejay82:

Dear Tumblr Buddy,
I got your mail today! It put a big smile on my face! Thank you! The magnet and postcard is going on my door at school. Thanks for the encouraging words! =)
And thanks for the ask in my inbox last week to check on my mail! Unfortunately, I answered your ask while I was really tired, and once I sent it, the message disappeared from my box before I had your Tumblr name completely in my head. I followed a few people lately (I tried guessing based on the part I could remember)…but honestly, I am unsure if one of them is my Tumblr buddy…
So if you want to stay anonymous like you originally intended, you can! I turned on my anon after you sent me that message. Sorry I’m such a dork. If you want to tell me again who you are, I’m cool with that, too. =)
You’re the first person I know from Berlin! What do you teach? Is the school calendar like ours, where you start in the fall and get Christmas break, spring break, and summers off? How’s the weather there right now?
Thanks again! Hope you’re having a good day!
—TJ

My buddy is come-see-about-me!  Thanks again for the postcard and magnet!  They are both on my door behind my desk at school so I can see them everyday.  =)

teejay82:

Dear Tumblr Buddy,

I got your mail today! It put a big smile on my face! Thank you! The magnet and postcard is going on my door at school. Thanks for the encouraging words! =)

And thanks for the ask in my inbox last week to check on my mail! Unfortunately, I answered your ask while I was really tired, and once I sent it, the message disappeared from my box before I had your Tumblr name completely in my head. I followed a few people lately (I tried guessing based on the part I could remember)…but honestly, I am unsure if one of them is my Tumblr buddy…

So if you want to stay anonymous like you originally intended, you can! I turned on my anon after you sent me that message. Sorry I’m such a dork. If you want to tell me again who you are, I’m cool with that, too. =)

You’re the first person I know from Berlin! What do you teach? Is the school calendar like ours, where you start in the fall and get Christmas break, spring break, and summers off? How’s the weather there right now?

Thanks again! Hope you’re having a good day!

—TJ

My buddy is come-see-about-me!  Thanks again for the postcard and magnet!  They are both on my door behind my desk at school so I can see them everyday.  =)