Math = Love: Five Things Friday: Volume 19

Friday, June 29, 2018

Five Things Friday: Volume 19

The blog has been very quiet lately for good reason. We bought our first house! This big purchase has led to a mile long to-do list and a whole lot of adulting. To try and get back into the swing of blogging, I present to you Five Things Friday.

1. As exciting as it is to be first time home owners, it was still a bit sad to say goodbye to the house I've been renting every since I moved to Drumright 6 years ago. For privacy issues, I don't feel comfortable posting a picture of our new house, but I guess it's fine to post a picture of our old house since we don't live there anymore. :)

2. Shaun and I were able to attend the Tulsa Math Teachers' Circle Summer Immersion Workshop last week. This was my third summer immersion workshop and Shaun's second summer immersion workshop. It was amazing, as usual! I took lots of photos, so be on the lookout for a post about what I learned soon! 

3. I spent some serious time organizing the laminated activities left behind by the previous teacher in my new classroom. There were lots of tarsia puzzles, card sorts, and dominoes for Algebra 2 and Trig/Pre-Calculus. Yay!

The only problem was that the cards were all mixed together. Some of the sets were held together by bulging paper clips. Others were spilling out of envelopes. Now that they are all nice and sorted and placed in snack bags inside of plastic pouches (affiliate link), I can place them with the rest of my activities so I can find them when we get to those topics! 

4. My autographed copy of Denis Sheeran's Hacking Mathematics (affiliate link) showed up in the mail! I was super lucky to be given a sneak peek of this book before it was published!

You can check out my review of the book IN THE BOOK. How cool is that?!? 

Even if it's just a review at the beginning of a book, seeing your name in print never gets old!

5. I've started a re-read of Make It Stick (affiliate link). When I read this book two years ago, I was really challenged and inspired by it. But, I sadly didn't end up implementing the things I learned in my classroom. Now that I'm switching schools and taking on two new-ish preps of Algebra 2 and Pre-Calc, I think it's the perfect opportunity to try and structure my classroom around how students actually learn. Bonus lesson: don't set a computer on top of your Make It Stick book. The cover will change colors. :(

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