My Algebra 1 Skills List

I have enjoyed becoming part of the online math world. I have been a lurker for a very long time and have always appreciated how much everyone shares, helps and collaborates with each other.  We have PLC’s in my district and have had them for a few years now. Mine accomplished a lot in the first year, very little last year and this year we are just trying to figure out 8th Grade Common Core and the curriculum that goes along with it that we were given by our district, little attention will be paid to Algebra.  Then again that’s okay in a sense because the curriculum isn’t changing this year.  We don’t know what CC model the high school will move to, which may or may not change Algebra in the future.  Either way, it is kind of refreshing that 2 periods of math a day I know what I am doing and where I am going because it is Algebra 1.  I LOVE teaching Algebra 1.

I adopted SBG a few years back, gosh I think this is my 4th year doing it?  I can’t be sure, it’s all a blur.  🙂  I only started SBG in Pre-Algebra last year and have no idea how it will fit with our new CC curriculum this year, so I don’t want to share that one. Because I teach 8th Grade Algebra 1, I have to fit my skills into the Quarter grading system.  That was the fun part. After my years of doing SBG in Algebra 1, I think I finally like my skills list, which came from many of your lists online, our state standards, the way I intro and explain things and the district curriculum. I want to add more 21st Century Skills because we will be doing more activities that are in line with them, but I decided not to this year.  I am going to try the INB and figured that was all the change I wanted to do in Algebra 1 this year.  Here is my current Algebra 1 skills list, what do you think about it?

I am curious how the INB will go this year and if I will see improvement in their skill mastery.  I am nervous about the INB (in both Algebra and Pre-Algebra) and setting it up, keeping up with it, and being creative enough to come up with good right side stuff for them and good ideas for what they create on the left side.  I am all over everyone’s posts on INB, Everybody is a Genuis, Math = Love, and cheesemonkey wonders I am LOVING all of your INB posts!

I am so happy I jumped on the new blogger bandwagon. Thank you for making me feel welcome on here and on twitter. Have a great Wednesday!

Shiny new iPad!

Yippee!!! I have decided that I am getting a shiny new iPad tomorrow, I have most of the money saved up, but I decided that I want to start the year off using it and learning how to use it in the classroom (especially since we now have to take attendance electronically every period – I teach middle school.) Rather than get it in another month or two from now when the entire first quarter is over with, it just makes more sense to get it now. 🙂 I might be up early enough to be at the store when they open.  I know crazy, but I’ve been contemplating it for a while now (and saving for it) and decided to just take the leap.

I posted on twitter asking what apps are out there that are really helpful to teachers and necessary to help the organizing and everything that we do, then I realized that since I am so new in the mathtwitterblogosphere no one knows me and I don’t have that many people following my twitter to even get my tweet. (But I do have some awesome followers, yeah!!!) I thought posting here would help too…but it’s also so I can post the apps that I find while doing internet searches late late into the evening tonight, so maybe they will help someone else in the same situation.

To be updated with apps as I find them…

Institute Day #2

I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I would have liked during our 45 minutes of grade level planning time today after all of the Institute stuff was done.  We learned all about our new common core curriculum and the standards we are to be covering this year, but we weren’t given anything other than that. Oh, except that we need to be doing group work tasks quite often, but no examples were shared.  Awesome.  The kids come on Thursday and we weren’t given much to go off of.  We did receive the first unit in the spring, but it was just the standards and how it matches our current book.  They told us we would get “everything” at the Institute in the fall (that was today).  I have nothing.  Good thing I did a little planning over the summer, but unfortunately I am now realizing it wasn’t enough and I am now in “ihavenoideawhatiamteachingadaybeforethekidscome” mode.  It’s my 13th year and I feel even more worse off than my first year, that was easy compared to how I feel now.  The positive side is that I did do some planning, there are two other teachers teaching the same subject (8th grade Common Core Math), I have done group work before in my class so I am comfortable with that and that I secretly enjoy challenges.  Plus I do like the freedom to do what I want as long as I hit the Common Core, just means there is A LOT of work ahead of me.  Anyone have suggestions?

I love Pinterest.  I’ve been on there for a while know and recently came across the BEST blog ever for unique and colorful posters, technology rocks, seriously. Check them out, seriously, you will not be disappointed! I think I saved most of the files in her School Signs link, so I could turn them into posters.  I did this on Sunday night, since I had just come across her site. Monday morning I researched the cost to turn some into posters for my classroom through Staples, Kinkos, etc.  WAY TOO EXPENSIVE! We have a District print center available to us and I played around with it on Monday and figured out I could print the sign files on 11×17 paper for $0.36 EACH!  And a 24×36 poster in color is only $5. Amazing! I emailed in the files and directions and was told they would be done on Thursday evening and would be delivered on Friday (boo, the kids come on Thursday). Today I called during our lunch break, they had just finished printing them all and allowed me to go directly to them to pick them up. Yeah!  Then I dropped them off in our Library to be laminated and they were done within the hour! Even better!  The timing ended up great and now they are all cut and ready to be put up tomorrow so I can finish decorating my room.  Overall the day ended on a good note. It’s amazing how cool posters, fun new shiny stuff for the classroom and organizing it all makes me a happy girl!

One more day before the kids come! Hopefully I will have pictures to share of my room tomorrow!