Hey remember me? Yeah I used to blog here but then I got a bit busy, tired, and lazy. I've had a bunch of fun stuff going this past month and have really just been too busy enjoying it all to sit down and write about it. If I haven't answered your e-mail or comment, please don't take it personally. So here's a super long post with all sorts of random stuff to make up for it..

Some of the highlights of the past month:

**Linear Equations.** I taught what was probably my favorite algebra unit thus far. It has been my favorite largely because I've actually been putting in the time and effort to make it good. In December I was getting lazy and slipping into the rut of giving more typical notes which I wasn't crazy about. For this chapter I've been just trying to focus on simplifying the information and presenting it in the clearest way possible.

In the past I had used

this graphic organizer for my linear equation notes. That had been with my honors kids. I had given typical notes for each topic and then summed it all up with that organizer. Instead this time, I broke them all apart and filled them out as we went. Each form got its own ISN page.

On each right side we put in the notes and on each left side I had them fill out the web with different types of problems related to the form. They actually liked the web for some reason. Like I actually got cheers when I handed them out for homework. Who knows, but I'm not complaining. Also- I totally stole the web from someone online but I can't find who. If it's you or you know, pleaseeee let me know so I can give credit.

Still here reading :)

ReplyDeleteStill reading---I was hoping you would post again!

ReplyDeleteHi! I loved the equations downloads and I'm planning to use a few of them with my Algebra I class as we're just starting equations this week. Thanks for sharing!

ReplyDeleteHi! I am an avid reader of your blog. In fact, I look forward to opening my email during my planning period each day and seeing what you have been doing with your students. Although I teach special needs middle school students (many of who are below grade level), I can always get a good idea from what you have done with your kids. Your enthusiasm is wonderful - especially since a teaching career often leads to burnout. Your students are really lucky to have you;)

ReplyDeleteAw thanks so much. This makes me so happy to hear :)

DeleteStill reading.. thanks for being you...

ReplyDeleteGot to the end. :)

ReplyDeleteThanks for sharing! I started parallel and perpendicular lines today and I used this for a left page assignment. I'm curious to see what the students make of filling it out. Meanwhile, could you email a pic or two of what yours looked like once completed? When I borrow an idea I like to make sure I used it the way it was intended. Thanks a bunch! My email address is tonya.garcia@mcawarriors.com

ReplyDeleteP.S. If that's too much trouble, I totally understand. :)

Sure, I will certainly make my best effort to remember to grab a kid's notebook soon and take a picture. I would love to see how you used it too though, I love seeing different interpretations of ideas that I've come up with...it always gives me tons of great new ideas.

DeleteI just discovered your blog and wanted you to know how amazing and helpful I think it is! I've been wanting to start ISNs (2nd year teacher) but wasn't sure where to start. Your blog has me convinced it's the right thing to do next year! Keep up the great work. Your kids are lucky to have you.

ReplyDeleteFound this through pinterest and I'm so happy. This is a great worksheet for my resource room students to use for when taking notes, Thanks!

ReplyDeleteYou are just wonderful, Sarah! I found your blog through another (can't remember which one), and I have been reading all of your entries. Thank you for sharing. I am about to teach algebra honors to eight graders for the first time, and I have never used INB (no one at my school does), but I am so in after reading and seeing your work. Thank you for taking time from an already busy life to help other teachers and kids out.

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Thanks for sharing your webs! My students loved them!

ReplyDelete-Caitlin

Sarah, I seriously feel like you are my best teacher friend and I wish I knew you for real! I "steal" your stuff all the time. I was just getting ready to use the Point-Slope web in my class, but realized that the equation on the web matches the Standard Form web. Was that on purpose? Is there any way to edit it on my end? I didn't think so since it's a PDF, but thought I'd ask anyway. Thanks for sharing all that you do and for keeping us inspired! :)

ReplyDeleteI am so excited to try these out with my students as a test review study guide! Thank you so much for sharing!

ReplyDeleteI enjoy reading your blog! I have a question on your word problem organizer. What do you have the students write in the top box when asked...use slope-intercept form when?

ReplyDeleteI have just found your blog and LOVE IT! This is my first year to teach alg 1 after several years of upper high school classes. Your ideas are fresh, fun, and keep the students engage. WIN!

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