Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ready for Students


It's that time when the room is set up and ready to go for a new school year. My website is updated with a student resources page containing my homework calendar, online textbook, 8th grade algebra Livebinder containing favorite helpful student sites and a link to my algebra Moodle course. Tarsia number match cards are on the corner of the desks. Students will get a corresponding card for them to match up as they walk into the room to find their seats. Classroom desks have a welcome letter from last year's 8th graders filled with information on how to be successful in 8th grade algebra. (I make copies to keep for myself because they are so fun to read.) These letters give students something to read while they wait for class to start. I have discovered over the years that several students keep these letters and still have them at the end of the school year tucked inside their textbooks! My teacher website with a welcome note from me is displayed on the screen.




The first day's lesson plan is very simple. After welcoming students to the classroom I ask them what previous students said in their letters they've just read about how to be successful in my classroom. We usually have a laugh or two about some of the things previous students have said about me which really helps to break the ice. I share with my students how to access my teacher website and we look it over quickly. After giving instructions on how to enroll in my algebra moodle course and showing them where they can find my classroom rules and expectations, they take an on-line quiz on Ms. Roitz in Numbers. This usually leads to several fun questions and dialogue between myself and the class. I then ask them to write a story about themselves using numbers and math which I plan on having them upload onto the site You Are Your Words which creates a picture of themselves that I will display around the classroom. We probably won't have time to upload their stories that first day but here is an idea of how they turn out.


That is pretty much it for the first day. I follow this day up with having my students take a math learning style survey and showing them how to set up their interactive math notebook for algebra and then the learning begins in earnest!

11 comments:

  1. I want to share something about rational numbers,Rational numbers can be whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. They can be written as a ratio of two integers in the form a/b where a and b are integers and b nonzero.whats a rational number

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  2. I love the You Are Your Words idea, however, when I have gone to this sight it doesn't seem to work. Do you have any tips?

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    1. It works great in Google Chrome which is a free download. Hope this helps.

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  3. Thank you for sharing. I'll have to remember this for next year.

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  4. HELLO. YOU ARE MY NEW HERO. I AM A MATH/LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER WHO HAS JUST RETURNED FULL TIME TO THE CLASSROOM AFTER WORKING PART TIME AS A HIGH SCHOOL MATH TUTOR (CALCULUS,AP STATS, ETC) FOR 7 YEARS WHILE I WAS ON MATERNITY LEAVE. I AM NOW IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND DESPERATE FOR IDEAS AND STRATEGIES TO USE WITH THIS NEW AGE GROUP. I CAN TELL YOU ARE AN AMAZING TEACHER AND YOUR IDEAS ARE INSPIRING. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING!

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    PS. QUICK QUESTION... I AM LOOKING TO DO SOME COORDINATE PLANE GRAPHING ON THE FLOOR WITH MY STUDENTS (WHERE THEY CAN MOVE AROUND,ETC.) BUT WE HAVE CARPETS RATHER THAN FLOORS WITH GRIDS IN OUR SCHOOL. DO YOU KNOW OF ANYWHERE I COULD PURCHASE FLOOR SIZE MATS OF COORDINATE PLANE? THANKS FOR ANY IDEAS YOU HAVE!

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  5. Hello. You are my new HERO. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and resources. I am a math and learning support teacher who is returning full time to the classroom after 7 years of working part time tutoring math in high school. I am desperate for ideas and resources with this new age group and your site has been a lifesaver. I can tell you are an amazing, inspiring teacher and I appreciate you sharing your expertise! Kimberley

    ps. quick question.. I am looking to do some coordinate plane graphing on the floor with my students (where they can move around but we have carpet on the floor instead of gridded tile.. any idea where I can buy a floor mat with coordiante plane? Thanks for any ideas you have!)

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    1. Have you thought about using a cheap plastic shower curtain? You could draw the axis using a sharpie or maybe use duct tape to create the x and y axis. You could also create a coordinate grid on the carpet using masking tape that you could pull up when finished with your lessons. Good luck! Have a great year.

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  6. Dig the number match idea...totally going to use it!

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