One-Sheets Are Back!

We just finished our first chapter in Algebra 2.  This means that we also just did our first “One-Sheet” Study Guides!

  1.  I provided them with a list of the 6 main topics of this chapter.
  2. They brainstormed in groups about what should go under each topic, using their notes and book.
  3. They folded a brightly colored piece of paper into 6 sections and label each section with the topic.
  4. Gallery Walk – They walked around the room and examined each other’s boards to see it there was something great they wanted to include on their sheet that wasn’t on THEIR board.
  5. I take pictures that I post so students can go back and read the boards if they would like.

Brainstorming with their teams

Gallery Walk of the finished boards

Creating the One-Sheet


Creating the One-Sheet from their boards

Week One Done! SOS Internal Clock

Week one is in the books!  It was SO GREAT to be back!  I love starting new each year, and especially meeting an entirely new batch of students.  They are so fresh and truly inspire me the first week of school.  It reinforces how much I love what I do!

I am also EXHAUSTED.  You know, the “I haven’t even worn shoes much or woken up before 9am in two months” exhausted.  I don’t sit down while teaching, unless I am joining a students group, and am not used to standing so long.  The first week is stressful because I have so many things to do to start the year and am afraid I’m going to forget everything.  I wake up almost every morning around 4:30 or 5am, even though the alarm isn’t set until 6, with things running through my mind.  I literally was in bed by 9pm every night this week, but usually didn’t fall asleep until 10 or later.

I was so excited for this weekend!!  My son had a football game over 2 hours away Friday night, so I didn’t get to bed until 1:00 AM.  I had planned on SLEEPING UNTIL NOON today, but my body had other ideas.  Apparently, my internal clock has been totally reset and I awoke at 6AM.  I stayed in bed until 7, desperately trying to fall back to sleep, with no luck.  So, I decided to get up and DO THINGS.

I got up and ran three miles (well, it was definitely more of a walk speed as I’m exhausted and haven’t exercised in toooo long – BUT I DID IT).  Then, because I love to cook and miss it when during the school year (teaching plus 3 boys in sports), I went on a cooking spree and made two quiches, a cobbler, and pasta salad this morning.  I also organized my unit binders and blogged – TWICE now!  I am feeling invincible right now.  BUT, I see a giant nap in my future…

Have a great weekend!  And take care of yourself.

Organization – The Struggle is REAL

I love being organized, but have such a tough time with it.  I move too fast, do too much, and don’t leave enough time to put things away at the end of the day.  But I try.  I love making things organized for my students, so I don’t have to waste class time passing out papers and materials, or getting work for absent students.  Most of my organization tips I found from other people, and am even trying something new after reading the blog posts this week!


Plastic Grading Folder/Pocket:

I put all assessments that need to be graded in a clear plastic pocket.  There is a hi-lighter and Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens in there for grading.  This way I can take my grading with me to all of my children’s activities.  The plastic pocket is durable so the papers don’t get messed up on the soccer field.  🙂


IMG_1653Student Math Numbers:

I give every student a number at the beginning of the year.  They put this number on all of their graded work.  It helps me quickly alphabetize the papers so I can enter them into the grade book.

Extra Handouts:

I have two hanging file folders on the wall, one for each prep, that I label for each day of the week.  I put extra handouts in there so if a student loses theirs, they can get another one.  This is also great for tutors as they can see any work we’ve been doing.


Table/Team Folders:

I got this amazing idea from Sam Shah last year!  I have one folder for each table.

  • I put their handouts for the day in each folder so I don’t have to pass them out.
  • They put work they need to return to me inside the folder.
  • If a student is absent, then the next day any handouts they will need is inside their folder!
  • I have Homework Responsibility sheets in there as well so they can fill out a sheet when they first come into the room if they didn’t do their homework.
  • I also put their name (on a post-it) on the outside of each folder.  This also serves as their seating chart.  When I want to change seating, I just switch the post-its.  It’s great for me bc I’m a very visual person, especially when arranging seating!
  • I keep their folders on the table by the door, so the students get their table folder as they come in.  But, if I want to change where a TEAM sits, I just put their folders on a different table before they come in.



I keep all supplies that students will need on a big shelf in the back.  This way I don’t have to get them out and distribute each time!

Unit Binders!

I have not done this yet, but after reading Greta’s organization post and a slew of tweets I am going to try to use unit binders.  I am hoping it will keep me more organized.  I bought a box of 12 1 inch binders on Amazon for $27.00!  But now the price has increased to $37.00!?

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MathEd Out Podcast Launch feat. Julie Reulbach

I was honored to be interviewed for the launch episode of the new MathEd Out Podcast. I was also nervous, so I talked a bit fast. But, fast forward is pretty much my constant speed!

Bookmark it because they have a fantastic line up the next couple of months, including Dan Meyer and the Director of NRich, Lynne McClure.

iTunes link:

The MathEd Out Podcast

We are excited to announce the launch episode of the MathEd Out Podcast, a show for those wanting to hear about the best ideas and resources in the world of Math Education.

Guest appearance from Blogger Julie Reulbach of fame

This week we are joined by influential blogger Julie Reulbach from who will be sharing about why she started to blog and how much it has benefitted her in the classroom. We will also have tips for those who want to start their own.

Julie is a middle school teacher from North Carolina and is a regular on the bloggerstwittersphere (@jreulbach)

Click Here to subscribe to MathEd Out on iTunes


Links from the show:

Julie’s Blog – (@jreulbach)

Dan Meyer Blog – (@ddmeyer)

Kate Nowak Blog – (@k8nowak)

Sam Shah Blog – (@samjshah)


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Twitter Math Camp 2014 – Registration is Open

3rd Annual Twitter Math Conference – Professional Development BY Teachers, FOR Teachers

Twitter Math Camp = “Guerrilla PD for Math Teachers”
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Location:  Jenks, OK
  • Dates:  July 24th – July 27nd
  • Registration Deadline:  ASAP, only 30 spots left.
  • Website:

YES, it is free.  You have to pay for your airfare and accommodations only.

NO, you do not have to be on Twitter, or have a blog, to attend.  It is for all passionate math educators around the world!

It was planned by two amazing math teachers, Lisa Henry and Shelli Temple, so that math educators around the country could come together, share our favorite resources, and develop new ideas for the coming year.

The conference is called Twitter Math Camp.  (The founding educators were colleagues on Twitter.)  However, it is open to all math teachers and will cover topics from middle school math to Calculus.  These are amazing teachers on the cutting edge of education and technology.  What I love the most about this conference is that it is totally BY math teachers, FOR math teachers.  It’s going to be an amazing four days.

You can read more about it, and see the current program on the Twitter Math Camp website.

Mission #8: Sharing is Caring in the MTBoS

It’s the LAST MISSION! Go out with a bang! Even if you haven’t had the time to do even ONE mission – you should just go for it and complete this last mission! Or, at least fill out the survey! Thanks so much!

Exploring the MathTwitterBlogosphere

It’s amazing. You’re amazing. You joined in the Explore the MathTwitterBlogosphere set of missions, and you’ve made it to the eighth week. It’s Sam Shah here, and whether you only did one or two missions, or you were able to carve out the time and energy to do all seven so far, I am proud of you.

I’ve seen so many of you find things you didn’t know were out there, and you tried them out. Not all of them worked for you. Maybe the twitter chats fell flat, or maybe the whole twitter thing wasn’t your thang. But I think I can be pretty confident in saying that you very likely found at least one thing that you found useful, interesting, and usable.

With that in mind, we have our last mission, and it is (in my opinion) the best mission. Why? Because you get to do something…

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Official Twittereen Entry Form!

The amazing and incredible Hedge created an official entry form if you want to participate in Twittereen.  We are really gettin’ fancy as the years progress here in the #MTBoS!

To see the official rules and enter in the fun, click here!

To read even MORE about Twittereen, visit Megan’s blog.

Yes, we are Twittereen crazy!

Let the games begin!!

Mission #4: Listen and Learn

Mission #4 is live! Come on and Explore the MathTwitterBlogosphere with us!

Exploring the MathTwitterBlogosphere

Don’t worry if time has been your enemy and you have not been able to complete (or even participate in) the first three missions. Please jump in anytime!  The goal of the Explore the MathTwitterBlogosphere is to introduce teachers to everything this vast community has to offer. 

Hello all!  It’s Julie Reulbach, and I’m soexcited to share Mission #4 with you – Listen and Learn!

In the first few missions we connected through the written word via blogs and twitter. But for this mission, we are going to listen and learn, with a Global Math Department Webinar and an Infinite Tangents Podcast!

Below I’m going to explain what the Global Math Department and Infinite Tangents Podcast are all about. Then when you’re interested is piqued, I’ll introduce the actual mission at the bottom. And for a cherry on top, we have a bonus mission for you…if you choose to…

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#GlobalMath Autumn Special

Don’t miss the Global Math Autumn Special!

Maths is Not a Spectator Sport

That’s right folks; you’ve heard about it on twitter; you’ve heard about it on the blogs; you’ve heard about it IN THE STAFFROOM (maybe). It’s finally here – the event of the quarter! It’s the:

GMD Autumn Special Poster

Come and join us on the 2nd November for the first of the Global Mathematics Department seasonal specials. This TWO HOUR basket of presentations, ideas sharing and collaboration is the first foray into making #GlobalMath happen at a time that is more convenient for folks across the globe, on a different Day.

The presenters we have on this time are a really special mix of teachers, curriculum specialists and department leaders; there should be something there for everyone from questioning, to lesson ideas, to ways to use software in new ways, to opportunities for recreational mathematics.

I’ll be hosting the event and it would be amazing to see as many folks as possible there to…

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HOWTO Participate in #Twittereen

It’s #Twittereen time! Thanks so much to Megan for blogging all about it! Head over to her blog to read how to participate and even how it all started (pictures included)! And don’t feel shy about participating, tweeps LOVE it when you dress up as their avatar. It’s so much fun! 🙂

Megan Hayes-Golding

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#Twittereen is a virtual costume day for the mathtwitterblogosphere and beyond. The rules are simple:

  1. Change your avatar to “be” someone else for Halloween (that’s Thursday, Oct 31 in 2013).
  2. Tweet something about being in costume with the #Twittereen hashtag.
  3. Obsessively read Twitter all day long to see everyone’s costumes.

How did all this get started? I gotta be honest with ya, last year was my first year participating. I knew there was at least one before that. Thankfully, our #MTBoS-historian and Twitter Math Camp organizer, Lisa pinned down the origins for me: #Twittereen began in 2009, where it looks like Sean (@SweenWSweens) dressed as Sam (@samjshah).

Doing #Twittereen

How do you do #Twittereen? First of all, let’s bring Lisa (@lmhenry9) in to eliminate some stress:

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My approach is to first get inspired by browsing avatars of folks in the #MTBoS (or peripherally associated with us!). Then, I choose my…

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