Category Archives: Misc

Keeping Classroom Calculators

I saw this idea in the classroom of one of my kids’ teachers a few years ago. And I finally got around to implementing it on my own. The original idea was on mini-clipboards but it was cheaper to just … Continue reading

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Making PDFs of Worksheets without a Scanner in Google Drive

I was looking to scan some documents at home and came across this option in Google Drive I hadn’t seen before. After talking with a few tech savvy colleagues (they hadn’t seen it either),  I thought I would share it. To … Continue reading

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Need Help with Privacy During Testing?

A few years ago, I was able to get pentagonal tables in my classroom. I love them 90% of the time. The only time I didn’t was when I was giving a test or quiz. For a few years, I … Continue reading

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Classroom Calendar

As promised here’s the story/tweak/how-to on my latest creation, my classroom calendar. As always, scroll down to the, “how to,” section if you’d like to cut-to-the-chase. A few years ago, most of the math classrooms at my school were painted … Continue reading

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Bucket Lists and Stretching Yourself

Bucket lists. Before the movie came out, I just thought it was list of things to do. Regardless there’s something said about stretching yourself. If you know me, you’ve probably heard me talk about the Amazing Race. The show’s host … Continue reading

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A Hack for Reflecting on Lessons

This week I stumbled upon a quick way to do a some reflecting on lessons that quick, easy, and I actually use. Want to skip to the hack? Scroll on down. My teaching schedule has me teaching Algebra the first three … Continue reading

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Reminding Myself that Great Teaching is Simple but Not Easy

This past weekend, one of my sons, two of his aides (B is quadriplegic and needs help getting around) and I had an amazing experience: we were able to go and meet over 100 people who B admires and who work … Continue reading

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Deals on Customized Classroom Supplies

I’ve found a few places online that I’ve used to make customized things for my classroom. For example, the magnets I use for my classroom calendar I designed so I didn’t have to rewrite things, could move them around, etc. … Continue reading

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Recharging

We’ve gotten a number of new smartphones recently to replace ones that were dropped, lost, worn out, refusing to work, etc. It’s brought up discussions of how long phones can run, how apps make battery life less, and how it’s … Continue reading

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Not Being Alone

Once you get to know me, it will be no secret I love British things. London, Doctor Who, panel shows on the telly, all of it. Anglophile through and through. Upshot is I peruse British newspapers online. This past year I … Continue reading

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