Monday, September 24, 2012

Printing on Stickie Notes (Exit Activity)

We have been studying rigid transformations in Geometry and I wanted to see where my students were at in their understanding of the material.  Instead of handing out traditional Exit Slips, I decided to do something different.  I placed a sign for each of the rigid transformations on my back wall.  Each student got a stickie note (see below) and placed it under the correct sign.  There was some debate with a few of the stickie notes and that made the activity even better!

"Translation"          "Rotation"          "Reflection"

After seeing so many "pins" on Pinterest about people printing on stickie notes, I knew had to try it!  It worked perfectly and the most exciting part was that I didn't jam the printer!  Phew!

Below are a few of the documents you can download and use in your classroom.  First, print 4 templates (page 1) and then place a stickie note in each square.  Print pages 2 through 5 on a stickie note filled template.  It's that easy.

You can download the document here or search my files here.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

First Day of School

Besides the fact that it was near 100 degrees in my classroom, I had a great day!  I'm so thankful for a last minute Pinterest check before school and discovered this activity.  It took approximately ten minutes from start to finish.

I have a huge bulletin board in the back of my classroom that I use to display student work.  This was the perfect spot!  I grabbed two pieces of blue poster board and a wrote on one half of a sheet of bright pink paper "Math is..." and on the other half "I hope Mrs. Fisher...".

I asked my Geometry students (8th and 9th graders) to answer truthfully.  Be reflective.  This activity made me nervous.  I wasn't sure what to expect.  Here are the most common and unique of the 150 responses I received today:

Math is ...
boring but needed
my weakest subject
time consuming
a way to solve problems
not my favorite subject
shapes and numbers
my strongest subject
better than Science
great when you know how to do it

I hope Mrs. Fisher...
teaches well
is nice (to everyone)
does fun things
doesn't give homework
gives me time to answer
explains things good
give us opportunities to learn
becomes my favorite teacher
helps me
is fair
connects with me as a student
isn't mean or grumpy
can help me reach my goal

They did a great job.  This really gave me insight on how my students perceive math and what they would like from their math teacher.  We are going to discuss some of their responses tomorrow as a class.  I think I'm going to keep the poster boards up and use them for more "Sticky Note" answers.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Interactive Notebook Planning

My first day of school is tomorrow and I am really pumped about using Interactive Notebooks with my Geometry students. Woohoo!  I've put in many hours this summer researching and am ready to put my hard work into action.  Let's get this party started!

I think (hope) I have a good handle on the left and right sides of the notebook, but I'm still struggling with planning.  So silly!  I tried creating a sample notebook, but kept ripping out pages to rearrange them or start over.  I tried a 3-ring binder with loose leaf so if (when) I messed up, I could just start a new page.  That got old too.  I remember seeing a planning page posted here.  (Thanks for the inspiration!  Great ideas.)  With this being my first experience using interactive notebooks, I wanted to add space for notes and reflections.  Here's what I came up with.  I've been using this template for a week and so far I love it.  Hope you find it useful.

View document here.

Download this document here.

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