Thursday, July 31, 2014


A tip I picked up in a session at a conference is that you can use paper bags as individual trash cans. There are pros and cons to the idea, but definitely worth sharing. I fold the top edge of the paper bag several times like I would when I cuff the sleeve of a shirt.
Paper Bags for Individual Trash Cans

A Place to Put Their Pencil

What do you do for that kid that never keeps up with a pencil?

All you need is a milkshake (jumbo) straw and some tape.
Jumbo Straw and Duct Tape


  1. Cut the straw in half.
  2. Fold over about a quarter inch of the end of the straw and wrap a small piece of tape around the end. (Reason: The pencil doesn't touch tape at the bottom because the end is folded over.)
  3.  Tape it down to the inside left cover of the composition book close to the spine. (Experience: Use tape and not staples. Staples through the cover will reap havoc on your hands. I have scars.) 

Pencil Holder
Advice: Place the pencil holder close to the spine and the less likely it is that the pencil flies out when the student closes their journal.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Save the date ♥ I'm getting married! Can you guess when?

After six wonderful years, my boyfriend proposed!! I'm getting married and I have the best wedding date ever!! Can you guess when I say I do?

Save the date ♥

Finding the Distance Revamped!

"Finding the Distance" foldable was requested in the form of a pdf.
Finding the Distance

I have typed it up and uploaded it as a word document (editable) and as a pdf. An answer key has been uploaded also. As always, printing can be tricky. I print "two sided along the short edge". After printed, you'll notice a dotted line along one short edge. Cut along the dotted line so that the foldable will fold up nicely.

First unfold reveals methods for distance off a slanted line along with using method 1. 

Second unfold reveals the use of method 2. 
The order of the methods did not hold a significance initially. I now teach the use of the Pythagorean Theorem first to bridge a connection the the distance formula.