Friday, May 6, 2016

Five for Friday - Teacher Appreciation, Math, and More


Happy Teacher Appreciation!  Thank you for all that you do!  Happy Five for Friday!


Teacher Appreciation - To thank the teachers that I know, I made labels to attach to popcorn, gum, and candy.  If you would like your own free download, click here.


Math - I must admit that I love the end of the year, because I am really free to experiment with new ideas.  I'm not beholden to a test.  My big experiment now is math.  I threw out our textbook.  Instead, I have my students spend 15 minutes of fact practice, hold a math meeting, and then work in groups on a topic they choose.  For example, my students get to choose from addition, multiplication, fractions, area/perimeter, and geometry for the area they wanted to focus.  From there, I came up with different activities, homework, and an assessment for that group.  Each day, I pull groups that I want to work closely with.

Tomorrow is our big assessment.  I am hoping to see the results.  My students are excited, because as one boy said, "I love groups, because we learn so much."  I love that they are choosing what they want their focus to be.

Next week, I will introduce a new group but keep some of the old ones.  It's been a lot of trial and error to find what works.  At least I feel like giving my students a choice will help them to be more aware and interested in their learning.

Curriculum Corner - I am always on the lookout for interesting websites.  My new favorite is Curriculum Corner.  I really love it, because everything is free!  There are so many amazing resources to check out.  Click here to visit this site!


Fitbit - I have been good all year (so far) and walked my 10,000 steps each day.  To reward myself (and stay motivated), I decided to upgrade my old Fitbit.  Check out my affiliate link if you are interested in getting your own.

I love the look of this one.  I also love how there is a clock feature on it.  

My old Fitbit.  This is a great one to get you started on a more healthy lifestyle.

I can't wait to really break in my new one this summer.  I think I am going to try to up my steps.


Fat Ass 5K - Sorry if this has seemed to be such a random hodge-podge of ramblings.  I am getting ready to walk in the Fat Ass 5K (and school today).  It's a charity walk where the focus is not on walking but on food.  I am sure that it will be interesting!

Happy Mother's Day!  Enjoy your weekend!


  1. I love your idea for math groups! It's great to make them take ownership of their learning!

    1. Thank you! I love how well these groups have been going!

  2. I agree that math idea is pretty awesome! And thanks for reminding me about curriculum corner. I hadn't been there in a while.

    1. Thank you! I always love helpful websites!

  3. Thanks you for appreciating us this week! I loved the reeses the best :)

    1. You are welcome! I can guess why you love the Reeses the best!