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Math Speed Dating: A Cooperative Learning Activity

I first tried Math Speed Dating in my class this year.  I had a double period to fill, and I had just read about it, and it seemed like it would be fun.  I had no idea it would be … Continue reading

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Using the Seating Chart to Differentiate

The seating chart.  Possibly a teacher’s most important decision with dramatic consequences and benefits.  What better to use your seating chart for than differentiation? I figured out early on in my teaching career that effective differentiation is the key to … Continue reading

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Creating a Rock-Solid Middle School Community

How important is building middle school community?  Here’s a story of two radically different school years. First is my first year teaching eighth grade. My. Students. Hated. Me. Everything I tried to teach them was met with brash defiance. Kids … Continue reading

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Who Are My Students?

Teaching in the inner city in a low-income neighborhood, you get used to the same problems year after year. Unfilled positions.   Lack of subs. Inordinately large class sizes. Ornery kids taking advantage of the chaos. If there’s one thing a … Continue reading

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Meet the Teacher!

  Meet the Teacher day is coming up soon for many schools nationwide!!  This is our opportunity to set first impressions and begin positive relationships with students and their families.  Here is a great hands on activity that will dust … Continue reading

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How I Failed at Middle School and What Changed

Let me start by saying that teaching middle school did not come naturally to me. In fact, I felt like a complete failure at it. I taught 6th grade my first year of teaching, and not a weekday went by when … Continue reading

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Think your class size is big?? Try 70!

This year has been a wild ride to say the least. My son was born in July, so I went into the school year getting 4 hours of sleep a night on a good night. Our 8th grade team leader … Continue reading

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