I know it's only March but we're on the downhill slide of the school year and I always like a place to document my thinking and ideas.
Here, in no particular, completely random order, are some ideas that hopefully you can draw some inspiration from:
- Color coordinate pens to each content area's INB.
- Color coordinate all handouts for each unit the same across all content areas.
- Make extra INBs for students who move in
- Copy everything possible for INBs over summer (table of contents, tabs, pages I know for sure I will use again)
- Poster or INB page about find percent +/- and percent error, fractions, less than/greater than, prime/composite, percents
- Duck tape dry erase INB pages
- Page protector taped inside cover of INB for graph paper
- Save last 18 pages for Would You Rather writings every other week; focus on improving by one MP standard at a time, shows growth over time
- Tape runners?
- Move Estimation to Tuesday and develop What's Wrong Wednesday?, math mistakes from real world advertisements. Maybe change Favorite No Friday?
- Could "Which One Doesn't Belong?" fit in here? (shapes book)
- Don't disrespect my math! Two nice things about math when you disrespect it (I'll never use this in real life, this is stupid, all the comments math teachers have heard forever that make us grind our teeth)
- Use document camera to have students present their solutions
- Duck tape plunger to organize rolls of tape
- Giant pencil poster on the door: bring me!
- Require/sell individual dry erase markers.
- Year long competition between class periods- reward attendance, class averages on assessments, bringing pencils to class, stacking binders neatly, all time bests on mental math, and basically anything that drives me crazy.
- Start the year with introductions that are mirrored between me and the students: "How I'm different from other teachers (students)" and "What to expect from my teaching (my learning)"
- Give a quarterly cumulative test and quiz over every concept to replace unit tests
- Rewrite EOC exams
- Document formative assessment with seating chart form
- Group test?
- Year long Feltron projects to increase writing, excel, analyzing, and design skills as well as give more grades
- Biweekly essays based on wouldyourathermath.com (related to content when possible)
- Task cards and stations to integrate more movement and conversation in class (practice and review)
- Fraction and percent boot camp!!
Check back for updates!