Wednesday, August 21, 2013

2013-14 Begins NOW!

Welcome to our class!  

I know we're going to have a great year together.

I started this class blog a couple years ago, and I plan to utilize it with our class again this year for both math and non-math posts.  Please look over the blog rules page before commenting.

For your first post, please briefly introduce yourself.  You may share something from your Mathography, or you may include something new.  You only need to write a sentence or two...just please write something that will help us know you a bit better.

To help you get to know me, one of my favorite sayings is "Whatever worth doing is worth doing well." (What does that say about me as a teacher and a person?   How could that possibly be a hint about our class?  Hmmm...)  Another bit about me: last year, we wrote 6-word memoirs and mine was "I love to help find solutions."  Do you get how that is math-y, teacher-y, and applies to my IS job?  I also love technology, so we will experiment with sites and tools I find.  I have been known to waste a lot of time looking for the perfect, fun font.

This summer, I spent a lot of time with my family--here, at a friend's lake house, and in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I also spent time with friends, where we tried new restaurants, talked school stuff, and went to movies. I also visited two Presidential Libraries, and I highly recommend visiting any of them around the country!  I learned how to grill vegetables, and I enjoy cooking and baking.  (I bet you will love the ginger snaps I bring you!)  I was kind of "craft-y" this summer, and I made about 100 magnets for different people.

I also took at least one picture every day this summer, and I plan to continue taking pictures every day during the school year!

Some teachers don't have much time off, and I did a LOT of school work this summer, but it was mostly for fun and just good learning.  I took a free online course through Stanford called "How to Learn Math," and I know you will benefit from what I learned there.  I love to read pretty much anything, but this summer, I spent most of my time with educational stuff.  I enjoy some YA fiction (Allegiant is released on 10/22!) and I am also looking forward to the movie Catching Fire (11/22!)

My examples were too long, and don't feel obligated to write that much, but I'll be happy with all of your posts.

I look forward to getting to know you, and I'm so excited about the new year!  
Get used to hearing about #growthmindset!
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Technology Survey

If you have trouble accessing this survey, please try the link here.

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