Monday, August 21, 2017

2017-2018 School Year

DIY  Filing Cabinet Make Over

So excited to take my new filing cabinet to work tomorrow.  I didn't sand or prime.  Too much work. Used two cans of Rustoleum vintage blush.
This one is from a couple of years ago.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Class Rules Student Centered

I'm making posters for next year.   I realized my class rules were not going to be student centered. So I changed them!



I learned a long time ago that these aren't class rules, they are "essential agreements."  We should write our essential agreements at the beginning of the year. That is, students should make behavior "I" statements and we should put them up as a class.  I might add those and put them around my poster. Here is an example of that

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Imitation Game

We finished final exams and still have two more periods left in the year.  I decided to show the Oscar nominated film the Imitation Game. It's very hard to find a math movie that is relevant to students.  I was so excited when I saw this in the theater last fall.  I kept praying it was classroom friendly and I was relieved to see it was PG 13.

This morning I decided to google "Imitation Game Activity" and found this site:

I tweaked the worksheet and found other websites that will allow me to change the message. Maybe next year I will add my own custom class message.

I also thought that next year I can do a cross curricular mini unit with AP/US History or History of WII class.

I found a small resource online for that:


We also had a breakfast themed party!  Great idea for a class that starts at the beginning of the day.
We had donuts, bagels, mcmuffins, bacon, fruit, cereal, OJ, and milk. What a great party!  I heard it made it onto snapchat (I let them take pictures of our buffet.)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Math Workshop


Step 1: DOWNLOAD Template .csv file
Step 2: UPLOAD TO GOOGLE MAPS ENGINE  (account already created and logged in)
Step 3: Worksheet (optional) WORD / PDF


Step 1: DOWNLOAD Template .skp here
Step 2: start free hand doodling
Step 3: Worksheet (Optional) CONVERSIONS (Rescaling)/SURFACE AREA/

For Teachers
For Students

What is Asset Mapping?

What is a Needs Assessment?

Student Directions: click here

Student File Template: .csv file

Math Worksheet:


What community assets seem to be missing in each quadrant? What would you add?
Using Google Sketch Pad

What is Sketch Pad

Student Directions:

Student File Template: .skp here

Math Worksheets:

Handouts/links for Teachers
Zoning: hand out

Additional Sources:

Software needed


Handouts for Students


Other files

CAMINO NUEVO: (These hand outs were made by Michael Farber from Camino Nuevo Charter High School)



Thursday, August 29, 2013

Life of Pi became a movie and I teach Pre-Cal now.

Since I published this blog Life of Pi became a movie and I teach Pre-Cal now.    My blog is now under my current school's website and it is password protected. :(

next time!