May 22, 2017

Are we there yet?

We've all been there, right?  It's actually really funny, but just not this time of year!  Truthfully, nothing is funny this time of year.  We are tired, the students are tired of each other and us.  Parents are tired of making lunches and in my case, trying to wake up my teenager for school!  Oh the joys of a teenager....but that's another post.

Actually, I might have to go into that for just a minute.  Someone please tell me why my teenager has a review for most of his class finals last week, but hasn't studied ONE SINGLE BIT!!!!!  ARGHHHH.  Obviously, it drives me insane, but I'm reflecting back on the wisdom of an article I read on Facebook that said (loosely) to not do everything for them-so I'm interpreting that as: just remind them, but not nag.  Who knows if that's right.  All I know is I do a lot of praying!!!

But I digress!!! 

In the school district where I work, we have 4 more days with kiddos and then 2 days of professional development.  I will be presenting 2 sessions for this and I keep thinking about what I would want to learn as a teacher right now.  HUMMM....I really want to learn how to cook chicken without drying it out, or how to get a great tan without adding to the sun damage I already have, but since I don't think that either of those topics will meet our District Improvement Plan, I needed to come up with something else.  So...we are going to learn and PLAY games that can build Fact Fluency without having to do fact tests!  Stay tuned for more, I'm just in the planning stages pressure, it's 5 whole days away!!!  Haha.  (I work better under pressure.  Maybe that's what my teenager does too...doubt it, but I guess it's a possibility.)

May 10, 2017

Oh My Gosh!!!!  I can't believe I am jumping into this whole BLOG thing!!!  I have started several, but seem to stop and never post!  So finally tonight, I thought....just do it!  Just jump in and post one that you have started.  EEEEKKK!!!!  So - for starters, I promise that all my posts WILL NOT be just my products!  But, to get started and get my feet wet, this blog is going to feature some of my products.

This time of year, students (and teachers) are counting the days until summer!!!  I have to confess, I did the same thing today.  :)  So keeping the students engaged is a HUGE challenge.  I found that if I can use learning games, my kiddos are much more likely to actually do the work and still practice skills without even fussing about it!

One of my favorite types of games to review basic facts is called Magic Squares.  I have them for
ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION, and MULTIPLICATION.  That way I can really differentiate my games!

These games are SUPER easy to get ready.  Basically, copy on cardstock, laminate and cut out.  Don't worry, there are only a few straight cuts and BOOM, your game is ready to go!

Once cut, put them in a baggie and center time, here we come!!!  You can even have your kiddos record their answers on a recording sheet, for accountability.  OR for those 'I'm done, now what' kiddos, have them create their own MAGIC SQUARES!

The goal of this activity is for the students to take the small squares and match them up to create true number sentences and make one BIG square.

The blank recording sheet is included in both sets, so they can record their answers.  After the students get the hang of this I like to make it a competition, to see which individual or group can put them together the quickest.

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