### Transformations Can Be Tricky!

Each year, I secretly love when I get to teach transformations because I not only enjoy teaching them but I love seeing the LIGHT in student’s eyes when they finally grasp on to what they are or they are able to teach a classmate. Seriously the best part of teaching.

### 8 Engaging Activities for Scientific Notation

Scientific Notation proves to be a TRICKY standard for most of my students as it is so abstract to them and they can’t connect it to what they are doing in life. Do you hear the moans and groans before you even teach scientific notation like I do? I hear

### Which One Doesn’t Belong: A Quick and Fun Math Activity

Which One Doesn’t Belong is not only a fun activity to use in your classroom but it definitely gets students engaged in their learning as they are trying to explain their thinking. What is Which One Doesn’t Belong? In Which One Doesn’t Belong (also called WODB), each puzzle provides pictures,

### Jennifer’s Favorite Things… and a GIVEAWAY!

“I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad…” Yes, that is me right about now singing along with the Sound of Music song as I’m writing this blog post. But enough about that, lets get onto what you are here for! My Favorite Holiday Activity

### Save Paper, Save a Tree!

Today I’m here to share with you a quick Teacher Tip so that you can save paper in your classroom! When you are prepping activities for Math Workshop that you need for multiple students to win, simply copy them on colored card stock (just a few for your station group)

### Math Workshop: Working it Out in Middle School

For many people, implementing Math Workshop in Middle School is a foreign concept. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. You can make it work. I did and I honestly think that my students learned more because of it. Setting Up the Week Many of you

### Update on Converting Rational Numbers (Fractions, Decimals and Percents)

With a new school year there is always a reason to change things up a bit in lessons and doing so in my Interactive Notebooks is no different. Back in September 2012, I created one of my first flippables for my official interactive notebooks and that has widely been seen

### 10 Ways to Stay Creative When You Aren’t Feeling It

So you are roughly four to six weeks into the school year and you are hitting some walls with lack of motivation and staying creative and there are days that you are asking yourself, “When is the next three day weekend?” Over the Summer we took time to recharge our

### Making Geometry Click with Geometiles

Thinking back to my days in Geometry (and even before) it was always a struggle for me. There were so many concepts to connect together in such a short amount of time and it truly overwhelmed me. I never had a chance to investigate things with manipulatives longer than maybe

### What is Response to Intervention (RTI)?

Our role as Educators is to ensure all students learn and are successful. In a perfect world, this would be easy. We teach our class a skill or topic and all of those smiling faces are able to comprehend and apply it to their daily lives. However, we don’t live

### The Debate between Warm-Ups and Exit Tickets

I’ve had many conversations over the past few years with teachers about the use of Warm Ups and/or Exit Tickets in the classroom. I always start with asking which of the two, or both, that teachers used but also why they chose that. Time and time again it has become very obvious that