Thursday, October 24, 2013


We are doing our best. But sometimes it seems as if our best isn't good enough.

Ever feel that way?

The pressure is from ourselves (me and Mrs. Jones), not from our principal, superintendent, or instructional services director.

My district is implementing CC ELA standards this year. It is touch and go. Each week is another chance to do it better.

Next year we will implement CC Math standards. But, really, why wait? So, we are researching the standards and trying our best to teach to them. Now.

We have two teacher's manuals, but neither is CC aligned. We buy units from TpT. I read blogs. Mrs. Jones searches Pinterest. (Don't we make a great team?)

Many days we feel lost and grasping at what to teach next. And how best to teach these young mathematicians who LOVE math.

Today Mrs. Jones was at a Math committee meeting. And during lunch (when I should have been eating and relaxing during my 15 minutes of solitude) I found an email from her. "Check out these two websites."

First one was nothing.

The second one...Well, it was so good I sent Mrs. Jones 4 emails telling her how amazing it was. I may have used all caps in one email. It is more hope. 

Activities are good. Fun. Necessary. 

But actual lessons, that I can tweak to meet my class's needs, are essential. And that is what I found. 

And it is CC aligned.

So, I gotta go. I have a lot to read tonight.

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  1. I love finding a great website! Have you ever looked at Math Coach's Corner? She has a terrific blog with lots of freebies and great explanations. Here is the link to her blog.

    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  2. C'mon Alyce, you gotta share the website! This year we are doing math without workbooks, and it's caused me to really look at what i teach these guys - and How! Here's a blog I've found that has some good ideas, I think:
    Happy Halloween! Sara


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