What can you do with the extra time after a lesson?

Try the Guess a Mystery Number game.  It is great for a warm-up or for when you have extra time after the lesson.  Download the free game.

Guess a Number

Here is a sample of a completed game:Guess a Mystery Number Game

How to get started…

• Pick a 3 Digit Number
• All digits have to be unique (they can’t repeat).

The class will guess until they get the right answer.

As you go, encourage the students to cross off digits that cannot be the correct answer based on proof.

Ways to involve students…

• One student can come up with the secret number.
• Another student can come up and write on the Smart Board.
• A third student can call on the students to guess.
• The rest of the students can make guesses.

It becomes easier as numbers are crossed off, so all students feel comfortable participating.

This activity is good for a quick warm-up or extra time at the end of class.

Be sure to print out multiple game tables because they will get used up fast!

Download a free copy of the game (.pdf):  Guess A Number Game


Orientation to Training and VNTT

Started online training today….  The training that I attended this morning (Orientation to Training and VNTT) was an hour-long session introducing us to Blackboard Collaborate and showing us how to register for required training.  Most of the information I already knew from exploring the website, but there were a few things that I hadn’t seen before.

When the teacher shared a resource with us, she sends a pop-up button to our computer asking if we want to download the document.  This was AWESOME (although I’m sure it’s been around for a while).  Of course I downloaded all the documents and saved them in a folder labeled “Training”.

I learned about the features of the program.  You can answer poll questions with a drop down menu.  The teacher can change the type of questions from ABCD to yes/no.  There is another menu with a smiley face, frown, confused, thumbs up, thumbs down, etc.  You can even briefly see the reactions of other students!

There was a screen share program that allowed us to follow the teacher’s desktop.  We were able to listen to the teacher and follow the teacher’s whiteboard.  It was nice to visually see what I was hearing in real-time.  I am looking forward to having access to my whiteboard so I can start messing around with it.

Since there were so many ways to hear/see the information, I had a little trouble concentrating.  However, I do think that I learned what I needed to know from the session.

I have continued to do other training activities today.  Some are as simple as reading a document and saying that you read it.  Others include watching videos and answering questions.

The training that I am doing now starts as a document, then you watch a video, then you read a document and write a reflection.  After that, you watch more videos and finally you make changes to your document.  There isn’t pressure to memorize the information because much of the training saved via PDF, and you are able to return to the completed content at any time.  Also, you technically could speed through the training without following the directions directions because whether you completed it or not is your word.

I have worked for most of the day, so here I am taking a break.  It seems about right that I am in the middle of a multi-step training.

Overall I am finding the online school thing very interesting.  The ways that I am reacting to working online will help me to come up with strategies for the students.  I know I get distracted and try to do several things at once.  Also, I am realizing that breaking up the training (or work for students) is very helpful.

Right now I don’t really know what I am talking about, but I will learn more with time, training and experience!


Linear Equations Worksheet – Create a Table of Values and Graph

Go to the free downloads page, to download as a .pdf

Linear Equations Worksheet - Create a Table of Values and Graph






Go to the free downloads page, to download as a .pdf


Order of Operations Quiz

OrderOfOperationsQuiz via pdf

Order of Operations Quiz


This quiz can be used for middle school math.  I used it in 7th grade math last year.  I love the way the quiz is set up.  There is room for the student to show their work and it is VERY easy to grade!

OrderOfOperationsQuiz via pdf

If you need a quiz with a similar format, let me know!



Resigning with the hope of great change.

I officially accepted employment at an online school today!  Sadly, I also resigned from my “normal” teaching position today.  I have heard many very negative comments about online schools, but I am willing to take the risk because I genuinely believe that online teaching/learning is the way of the future.  I know that most teachers do not agree with me. Hopefully teaching at an online school will be a positive experience that can help me sway some of those teachers.




Topics for Consideration:

1.  What will I do with all of the items from my classroom?  Should I sell them?  Will I need them again someday?

2.  What will I do to keep myself “socialized”?


More Later.


Middle School Math Stations

I love using these middle school math stations every year in the middle school math classroom:

Middle School Stations – Evaluating Expressions and Order of Operations

Included:  23 page .pdf, 20 math stations (2 per page, 1 question per page), answer key, and student worksheet

Topics:  Order of Operations, Evaluating Expressions (no negative numbers included)

It is a great activity to get students up and moving.  Print, cut out and laminate… then you can use them over and over!




 Go to the “free downloads” page to download as a .pdf

Coordinate Plane Foldable

This is an example of a coordinate plane foldable for use in an interactive math notebook.

How can you make it?

First, make sure that you cut your graph paper so it is a perfect square.  Next, fold all four corners to the middle. Write the Quadrant Numbers on the Outside.  Then, draw an x- and y-axis on the inside.  After that, show examples of points in all quadrants and on the x- and y- axis.  Be sure to include the positive and negative directions.

To get the first picture that says, “Coordinate Plane”, fold quadrants I and II down on top of quadrants III and IV. This foldable takes up hardly any space in your interactive math notebook when it is complete.  It is a great resource to refer to all year!

Check out these pictures:


where to glue the foldable into the ISN

where to glue the foldable into the ISN

what the inside of the foldable looks like

what the inside of the foldable looks like

cover of foldable

quadrants of the coordinate plane

Looking for some free resources?  Check out the free downloads page.

Would you like some FREE reproducible blank coordinate planes?

How about even more FREE reproducible blank coordinate planes?

Do you want a template to create this foldable?

Read more about reproducible coordinate planes here and here.