BTS Activities for Middles + Math!

As you are headed back to school, virtually or traditionally, I wanted to offer some great resources from my math friends. Hopefully you will find these inspiring and useful for your classroom! Digital Would You Rather shown above by myself, Brooklyn’s Brightest Geometry Scavenger Hunt by Lindsay Bowden (PS This one is free!) Digital Math…

Teacher Instagram Post Ideas

So you made a teacher Instagram page.. now what!? The first year that I had my teacher page, I struggled with what content to post. So, if you are new to this & feel you aren’t sure where to start- here is a little inspiration! Classroom Pictures I love seeing pictures of other classrooms! It…

Top 10 Amazon Classroom Finds

In no particular order, here are my top 10 Amazon finds that I use in my classroom! Brick Bulletin Board Paper This is likely the most beloved part of my classroom. (On Instagram I am asked if it is real!) There are actually multiple patterns available, but this city brick style is my favorite. I…

Positive Management Ticket System

I really wish that I had used this strategy since year one.. but I didn’t until year five!! It is so simple and positive. I got both my tickets and fishbowls from Amazon. I have five different class periods, so I use five different fishbowls. I let students write their names on tickets for positive…

Bitmoji Awards

For reference- I am writing this post in the middle of a pandemic! Schools across the world are closing out the year virtually. There has been such a lack of closure in this school year that I really wanted to celebrate my students, even if only virtually! Last year when I taught first grade, I…

Math Madness

I want to preface this post with a simple piece of advice- try the fun stuff. I am always nervous before I try something new.. but setting expectations is everything! Managing kids is HARD. I’ve learned so much from those around me. This activity went so well because of the expectations. For this activity I…

Slope Doctors

This was one of the MOST FUN ways I can think of to practice slope!!! Functions are huge for 8th grade math.. I have two advanced 7th grade classes to actually learn all of the 8th grade standards instead, & our unit on functions is SO long! This was such a fun way to practice…

Football Transformation

I loved doing classroom transformations when I taught elementary school, so I am excited to share that I finally tried one with my middle schoolers! We used football decor to prepare for our inequalities quiz. All of my supplies was CHEAP from Wal-Mart, but here are some similar things on Amazon. Tablecloths Banner Football Buckets…

Making the Middle Count

At the start of my blogging, I was about to begin my second year of teaching 1st grade. I had opened every job opening email over the summer in hopes that I would not have to teach first grade again. (You know it’s a sign you need a change when you remember the time you…

Instagram: A Classroom Management Tool

I recently shared on my teacher IG account about how my coworker shared an (amazing) idea about using Instagram as a theme for classroom management- & now I want literally everyone to know about this! Basically each class period develops their handle. They REALLY like this. My last class didn’t make the pic but they…