Sunday, July 31, 2016

Growth Mindset Brag Tags

How are these Brag Tags different? 
Most Brag Tags are giving the wrong kind of praise. To help foster a growth mindset in students we have to change the way we praise students. Instead of “Smart Cookie”, “Top Dog” or “Star Student” we need to reward actions that lead to a growth mindset. These 35 Growth Mindset Brag Tags do exactly that! 

The following brag tags are included in the Growth Mindset Brag Tags set
- You Have Stamina
- Great Thinking
- Embraced Challenge 
- Great Strategy
- Thinking Outside of the Box
- Kept Trying
- Grew Your Brain
- Learned from Others
- Learned from your Mistake
- On the Right Track 
- Personal Best
- Hard Worker 
- You Took Your Time
- Great Effort
- Positive Thinking
- Unique Idea
- Stuck with It
- You are a Leader
- Kept it up
- You are a Role Model
- Always Helpful
- Great Listener
- Super Thinker
- 100% Commitment
- You Figured It Out
- Mathematician in the Making
- Scientist in the Making
- Author in the Making
- Historian in the Making
- Artist in the Making
- Athlete in the Making
- Musician in the Making 

The goal is for your students to overcome obstacles, embrace challenges, learn from criticism and understand that mistakes are okay, and often necessary to be successful.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

How to Make Square Resource Covers

Follow the directions in my video to learn how to make square covers for your resources. I have broken down the steps to make it simple!

Click here to watch the video!

How to Create Hyperlinks

Want to create hyperlinks to link your related products? Follow these simple directions. Watch the video for step-by-step directions!

Click here to watch the short video! 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Middle School Math Monday - Task Cards

An amazing thing happens when your middle school students are out of school for an extended period of time.They forget everything!  So, it is crucial to refresh their minds when they return.

Math task cards are great review. Task Cards are highly engaging, easily differentiated, and ready-to-use individual tasks geared toward specific topics of instruction. You can use them individually, in small groups or with partners. Your students will love the practice. (Yes, I said they will love math. J)

If interested, here are my three new math task card sets. Each set has 36 real-world word problems that will prepare students for the rigor of standardized assessments. Check them out by clicking on the images below.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Resolution

My New Year's Resolutions for 2016

I normally do not make New Year's Resolutions because I feel like people do not keep them. This year, I have four goals that I've been pondering for a while, so I will call them my New Year's Resolutions. Here they are: 

Happy New Year!!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Middle School Math Monday - Math Practice Standard 3

Students will critique the reasoning of others on standardized assessments. Do you want the first time they do this to be on the “big test”? Of course not!

You DO NOT need to spend hours developing problems for them to critique. Instead, use the students’ actual answers. Here is an easy way to do this.

Give your students a problem. Have the students do the work on a dry-erase board, or index card. Instruct them to show all of their work.

While they are working, walk around the room. Note which answer you want the students to critique. You may choose a student’s board with a wrong answer or correct answer. It doesn’t matter as long as you practice with both wrong and right answers as the year progresses. 

When the time is up, share the work you want the students to critique with the entire class. Have them get out a piece of paper and write if the student’s answer is correct and then explain why or why not. After they are finished, have them share their reasoning with a partner. Then you can discuss with the group.

If you do this every single day, then your students will have practiced critiquing other’s work 180 times. Now, tell me they will not succeed on standardized tests with that much practice!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Close Reading Cheat Sheet

Need help with performing close reads? This FREE Close Reading Cheat Sheet teaches you how to conduct a purposeful close read with any text.