Math teacher since 2012

Well, I was super excited to join this March Madness Blogger Match-up!  The only sad part is that I didn't even have time to post about it before my team lost!  I was matched up with Texas, and I was about to post about the match-up when I got home from school, only to realize that my team was playing!  So I chose to cheer on my team, and it was fun while it lasted!

The good thing for you is that means I am going to give away a free product!  All of these teacher sellers will be giving away a free product when their team loses.  Enter my giveaway below to win a set of Free ZONK! Review Game Boards for Test Prep!  You have one week to enter the giveaway!

Help cheer on your favorite bloggers and basketball teams as we compete for some FABULOUS prizes and great TpT products that will be shared by our favorite bloggers on their blogs and Instagram.  Good luck!

Learning with Mrs. Langley cheering on Belmont
Second Grade Stories cheering on Indiana
The Neat and Tidy Classroom cheering on UC Irvine
Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten cheering on Coastal Car.
Miss Johnston's Journey cheering on Maryland
The Creative Classroom cheering on San Diego State
Fifth in the Middle cheering on Wichita State
Lessons with Coffee cheering on Arkansas
The Kinder Garden cheering on Notre Dame
Exploring Elementary cheering on NC State
Inspired Owl's Corner cheering on Oregon
Frampton's Fundamentals cheering on New Mexico State
Learning in the Little Apple cheering on Michigan State
NC Teacher Chick cheering on Utah State
A Tall Drink of Water cheering on Baylor
Sara J Creations cheering on Oklahoma
ELA Everyday cheering on Duke
The Blessed Teacher cheering on Lafayette
Mrs. 3rd Grade cheering on VCU
Rock & Teach cheering on Albany
Create Teach Share cheering on North Dakota State
One Happy Teacher cheering on Gonzaga
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas! cheering on Iowa State
First Grade Roars! cheering on SF Austin
The Learning Chambers cheering on Hampton
Teaching is Sweet cheering on Eastern Washington
Sounds Like Fun cheering on Louisville
Confessions of a Teaching Junkie cheering on Cincinnati
Year2tastic cheering on Kansas
Sparkling in Second cheering on Wyoming
Making Meaning with Melissa cheering on Purdue
One Sassy Teacher cheering on Villanova
Brittany Kiser cheering on Texas
Coach and Teach 24/7 cheering on St. John's
Hardcore Teacher Resources cheering on LSU
The Whole Wheat Class cheering on Oklahoma
Mixing It Up In The Middle! cheering on Mississippi
Teaching Maddeness cheering on UAB
Its Elementary My Dear cheering on Ohio State
Live Love Serve Teach cheering on Providence
 Education Kingdom cheering on North Carolina
A Dab of Glue Will Do cheering on Dayton
Learning to be Awesome cheering on Kentucky
Technology Timeout cheering on Harvard
Kovescence on the Mind cheering on Butler
Blossoms of Blue in 2 cheering on North Eastern
Mrs. D's Corner cheering on Robert Morris
Where the Wild Things Learn cheering on Buffalo
Bright Concepts 4 Teachers cheering on North Iowa (UNI)
A Trendy Teacher cheering on Valparasio
Lucky to Be In First cheering on Wisconsin
O-H So Blessed! cheering on Virginia
Tales of Teaching with Tech cheering on Woffard
Very Perry Classroom cheering on Arizona
A Kindergarten Life for Me cheering on Georgia
First Grade Buddies cheering on Iowa
Miss Case's Classroom cheering on Georgetown
A Grace-Filled Classroom cheering on West Virginia
Third Grade Cupcakes cheering on SMU
The Class Couple cheering on Xavier
More Time 2 Teach cheering on Georgia State
Owl-ways Learning cheering on UCLA

Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party with Doodle Bugs Teaching where you post five random things from today or this past week!  Such a great idea!

This was the last week of our second trimester!  It was exciting to think that there is only one more trimester left this year, but it also made me think about how much we need to accomplish this last trimester.  My week started with exams for my regular 7th grade classes, where  I have been using GradeCam for all of my exams this year, and I love the item analysis so that I can quickly compare student answers and see percentages by question or standard.

For my Title I math classes, we were able to spend lots of time playing review games to prepare for their exams!  The class favorite is ZONK.  In ZONK, students choose a number, but they don't know if there will be a question with points behind the number or if there will be a ZONK, which means that they lose their turn.  The students get pretty excited and nervous every time they have to choose the next number, and we always end up having a great time!  Click on the image to find one of my Zonk games that reviews Equations and Inequalities.  

For Pi Day, our whole math department decided to do a reading activity in celebration of Reading Month!  We found a great youtube video with a reading of "Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi," by Cindy Neuschwander.  During the video, she stops to explain the vocabulary words, and give the students a chance to solve circumference practice problems.  You can find the Youtube video by clicking on the image below.  After the video, we completed a Pi Day Activity you can find HERE on TeachersPayTeachers.  The students were put into groups and given three different kinds of cookies.  The students measured the cookies as accurately as possible to try to find pi!  

Unfortunately, I have been coming down with a cold that has just been getting worse and worse all week!  Finally, I had to take the day off on Friday to get some rest and make sure that I am not spreading any germs to all of my students.  Fortunately, the last day this week the students just had to take their exams, so it was an easy prep day!  I even left a fun Circle Art Activity (also from TeachersPayTeachers) for the students to work on if they had extra time.  The students got to use a compass to create works of art using only circles, and I can't wait to get back to my classroom on Monday and see their creations!  

Today is finally Pi Day, and my husband has been super excited to stop by Blaze Pizza (one of our favorites) for their special Pi Day deal of Pizzas for only $3.14!  So, we decided to venture out into the warm weather (over 40 degrees) and wait in line for some great pizza from Blaze to celebrate Pi Day.  Follow me on Instagram to see a picture of my favorite pizza from Blaze.  It was delicious!  I hope you found a special way to celebrate Pi Day today as well.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!