Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Middle School Math Coloring Pages

Are you preparing for December?

Do your students like to try different math activities?

These Christmas Equations and Proportions Coloring Pages feature different colors with presents with bows, and gingerbread men. These coloring pages are a great way to practice algebra skills for class work, home work, or fast finishers!


*2 different Engaging Math Activities (2 different color options)

*1 Version of Gingerbread Men Solving Equations (2 different color options)

*1 Version of Presents with Bows Solving Proportions (2 different color options)

*3 different Banners to hang on a Bulletin Board

*NO PREP, Print & GO Activities! (Only materials needed: 5 to 6 different colored crayons or markers, and a pencil). 

*FUN & rigorous activities centered on math curriculum


*Topics covered: Algebraic Equations and Proportions

*Engage your students in Math for December!

Get your students in the holiday spirit with fun math activities that incorporate rigor and relevance. Making math meaningful this time of year will help keep them engaged until the winter break.

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Why I Don't Assign Homework

Do your students struggle to complete and turn in all their homework assignments?

Do you want to keep them accountable for missing assignments?

Do you want your students to turn in 100% of their homework?

I struggled for many years to find a solution that worked best for my students and I. How do I get students to do their work? How do you get students to turn in their assignments? How much is the right amount of homework?

After reflecting upon my teaching practices and how students would respond to certain homework policies and situations I found solutions that worked. First, I stopped "giving homework". Instead I would set out 10-15 minutes of class time to let the students work on what I would assign as "homework" and call it "classwork" to students. This "classwork" time is mandatory and students are required complete the assignment or finish it for homework. Most students would finish it in class and have no homework! Students that didn't finish would be required to finish at home.

Did all the students finish in class? No. So I had to come up with some other solutions to get to 100% homework turn in rate. These are solutions to the homework problem. Try one or all of them to meet the needs of your students.

More Solutions 

1. Homework Excuse Slips. Have you tried homework excuse slips? I've tried them and determined they did not work for me. After two quarters I found that I was wasting printing paper for students to tell me "I forgot" or "I just didn't do it". It wasn't a solution, it just gave the students the feeling that they were justified in their excuse. My goal of the excuse slips was to get students to see what they weren't doing and to fix the behavior. This was not attained, but I abandoned this solution.

2. Makeup Slips for Absent Students. Absentees can become a problem depending on the school you teach it. I've work at 85% attendance rate schools and 98% attendance rate schools. The system that worked best after years of perfecting was the "While your Were Out" slips. I print multiple sheets of absent work forms, assign other students to fill them out at the beginning of class for absent students, and then those students place the slips in the absent box. Minimal work required for the teacher, just print and go! You can make your own slips or Click HERE to download these.

3. Progress Report Printouts. This has been the best solution for my students. Students are able to see what they are missing (I highlight the zeros and missing assignments that they can turn in before the end of the quarter). Parents are required to sign the progress report printout for homework or extra credit (depending on how I want to assign the grade for being responsible and completing all the work). Parents appreciate the support and reminder of how their student is doing. This also helps keep students accountable and on track for success.

4. Assign Less Homework. After assigning too many homework assignments one year, I made a homework calendar and a plan to only assign 1 homework assignment a week. You can CLICK HERE to read about why I don't grade homework after school and how you can too.  I write down the dates when I will collect and grade any homework (less than 9 a quarter) in my planner. It makes it simple to keep track of all the assignments. If you need a planner I highly recommend Occolo planners. This is the exact planner I use. Keeping track of assignments and tests grading helps keep grading simple and planned. If I haven't planned to grade it, I always ask "does this have academic value?" If it does and needs to be graded then I add it to the list. Assigning less will help you grade less, and in return you will not have to look for as many missing assignments.

5. Assign Less Problems. Along with assigning less homework, I took the 10 problem challenge. Only assigning 10 math problems which was the equivalent of 20-30 minutes of work for students. This greatly improved the percentage of students who completed the assignment. It was more manageable for them to complete and achieve success on an assignment.

I hope these homework solutions are making you reflect on your teaching practices. What could you do to improve the rate of homework return? How could your students have a better attitude about homework? What would be easiest for you to maintain and keep up with grading? Homework doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming. Make it relatable and effective for students.

Happy Teaching!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Christmas Math Grades 3 to 5

Do you want a fun Christmas Math review?

Do your students need to review multiplication and division?

Do you want a NO PREP holiday bulletin board display with student work?

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? These Christmas Multiplication and Division Coloring Pages feature coloring problems to create Candy Canes and Christmas tree pictures. 


*2 different Engaging Math Activities (2 different color versions each)

*1 Version of Candy Canes (Multiplication by 2-digit numbers. Ex: 9 x 98)

*1 Version of Christmas Trees (Division by 2-digit numbers. Ex: 810 ÷ 90)

*3 different Banners to hang on a Bulletin Board

*NO PREP, Print & GO Activities! (Only materials needed: 3-5 different colored crayons or markers, and a pencil).

*FUN & rigorous activities centered on math curriculum
*Topics covered: Multiplying & Dividing by 2-digit numbers
*Engage your students in Math for the Holidays!

Have fun this holiday season with your students and engage them with extra practice of multiplication and division. Every student enjoys coloring and creating mystery pictures. With multiple options for students to create, the pictures will all be unique to each student.

Happy Teaching!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Winter Break Math FREEBIE

Are you preparing your students for a long Winter Break?

Do you want to actively engage your students in Math fluency over the Winter Break? 

If you said YES, there is a FREE Math packet cover and rubric for your students to complete and return after their Winter Break. This Winter Break NO PREP Math packet that will keep your students engaged in Math over their break! This packet is designed to be fun for students to complete and updated for 2018 Winter Break. 

*2 different covers for your student's Winter Break Packet
*1 letter to students discussing the packet and when it is DUE
*1 rubric for EASY grading when the packet is returned to school 
*This packet encourages fun Math review while away from school on Winter Break

Engaging your students in Math may be difficult this holiday season, but you can keep them actively involved with activities to use their critical thinking skills.

Other teachers have said, "Thanks for the rubric - that is very helpful." "I do not send work home with my kiddos over breaks, but this will be handy as a "just in case" activity for a sub. Thank you!"  

Great for not just over the long winter break, teachers have used these puzzles for bell work, morning work, class work, and fast finishers to name a few! Encourage your students to have fun with Math and watch them succeed!! 

Happy Holidays!