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Cha cha cha changes...And Slant Box is Back

Hi there!

I bet you have been wondering where I was?
Well.  First I got moved to 8th grade algebra over the winter break.
I am a bit heartbroken over this but will get over it pretty quickly.  My students are relatively nice and have adapted ok. 
Here is some pictures of my new classroom:

Going to a new grade level was not what scared me, having new students was not what scared me, being on a new team was not what scared me.
What scared me was trying to learn a new way of thinking about algebra.  I am good at algebra.  I mean I passed the secondary math test...I have to be ok at it right?  But being able to do things and being able to TEACH things are two completely different things.  The other day I sat at my "desk" (I do not have a desk in my new room...just a kidney table) until 6:30 pm trying to find an aproachable way to teach writing a function from a table?  WHAT Guess and check is not an option any more.  In 6th grade it was.  It was also called a "rule" no…

What the Teacher Wore Wednesday


I have no idea if people are even interested in this but I get a lot of comments and likes on my instagram.  So for those of you that are not following me on Instagram....THis is what I wore last week:

I participate in a Instagram/Pinterest fashion challenge called #pinneditspinnedit hosted by @jro1583 and @aem8168 on Instagram.  Basically they post a picture every week of 5 pins that they like and you put your own spin on it.  So in each of the pictures above....there is a picture that is not me.

Here is where I got everything:
Monday: black and white skirt with black top
Boots: Steve Madden
Tights, and skirt: Target
T-shirt: Gap
Sweater: Old Navy

Tuesday:Teal pants, stripe shirt and sweater
Boots: Steve Madden
Jeans: American Eagle
Striped Shirt: Gap
Navy Sweater: Stitch Fix
Red Necklace: Gift from the awesome Lindsey Johnston!

Wednesday: Grey bat wing back shirt and White undershirt
Socks leggins and white shirt: Target
Grey split Back Shirt: Stitch Fix

Thursday: Denim Dress

DIY Xmas gifts

HI!  I had a huge outcry for the step by step for my DIY Christmas Mugs so here it is!
Gather your materials.  I have two porcelain mugs I got for $2.99 at Target, I have OIL BASED PAINT MARKERS, washi tape, a pencil and my printed out designs. 
The markers MUST be OIL BASED.  You can not use regular Sharpie markers and expect them to stay on.   You can see I used a few different brands.  The Sharpie is the smoothest but these worked.

Take your printed out design and flip it upside down.  Use your pencil to completely cover the back side with the graphite from the pencil. 

Flip it right side again and use the washi tape to tape it onto your cup.  I like the washi tape because it leaves ABSOLUTELY no residue.

Start to trace your design with your SHARP pencil.

This picture is hard to see, but once traced, take your stencil off and you should have pencil marks on your cup!

Go ahead and start filling in your lines with your oil based paint marker. 
Bake it at 350 for about 20 minutes in …

New year....

Hi Everyone!

It has been forever since I have blogged.  I have been reflecting on my December, and the many changes that are heading my way and I wanted to let you in on a little update.
I will be changing a few things around here.  Nothing Huge but yes...change.
First.  I got moved (yes mid year) from 6t grade to 8th grade.  Friday December 19th was the last day with my 6th graders, the last day in room 2608, and the last day on team Indianna.  Starting tomorrow, I will be the third 8th grade algebra teacher.  I have new students (and more of them), a new classroom (a little bit bigger but still tiny), a new team (I am actually on both team Minnesota and team Wisconsin), new curriculum, and finally, new stress levels.
I GOT ENGAGED YALL!  So I have been spending time planning that.  While it is very exciting it is also very stressful. 
So here is what you might see change around here:
-I need to take at least a month off from SLANT (I still have like three boxes I need to sen…

I Heart Math Holiday Hop

Note:  Use this image to help you "hop" around. The advent calendar has a link to each day of the month HOWEVER, just like a real advent calendar, the posts do not "unlock" until 9 pm EST  the night before the calendar date.

I have the pleasure of linking up with several wonderful math bloggers for a month long holiday hop.

We are excited about this collaboration because each day you can access a different blogger with

great holiday tips and a special gift. Be sure to tune in everyday to read each blog post.

Stocking Stuffer:  Giving Back  This time of the year is super stressful for many of my students.  Quite a few of them are homeless and rely on the school lunches and breakfasts as thier only meal.  One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to allow students to give back.  This year we picked a dog shelter SAVE-A-BULL of Minnesota, and are doing a drive to collect leashes, collars and treats.  I also went to the craft store and spent 35$ on fleece that I …

Fractions decimals and percents

I am actually Blogging!  That is crazy.
We are getting prepared for a huge sale on TPT and So I thought I would let you know a little more in detail about one of my newest products.

My students LOVED this activity.  I went to the store and bought "Fun Sized" bags of a very popular brand name candy coated chocolate candy. (If you look at the pictures you can probably figure out what it is :))  I also bought a bag of the "Mini" version of this particular candy!  Then I snagged a box of Dixie cups. 
The idea of this activity is that students are to find the fraction/decimal/percent of each color in the bag of "Fun Sized" and the fraction/decimal/percent of the "Mini" versions.

THEN.  Here is the kicker...they are to compare them to one another!  OH ingenious.  Many of my students were really confused on comparing .25 to 1/4.  Having the visuals of the candies helped them to grasp this concept!!!  Score!
Students were engaged the entire time (L…