*one week into the 2015-2016 school year and it has been a*

**officially****jam-packed**week of fun! We have done

*several*Get-To-Know-You activities and filled our time with A Week of Inspirational Math from youcubed.com and Stanford University.

*Oh trust me*...

**I'm sharing it all**:)

**First**we did some

*great*Get-To-Know-You activities with students.

**Of course**my

*personal*favorite activity that helped me get to know my students involved Math! There's two

*slightly*different versions of this activity. The first one was for my Algebra I students, while the second was used within my Pre-Algebra class. Students were given one half-sheet of paper that contained the instructions for how to complete their circle (divided into sections) using their favorite interests, hobbies, and memories.

For Algebra I students the instructions were given in terms of problems using fractions. Students needed to

**first**solve the problem,*before*then converting the fraction they found as the answer into a fraction with a denominator of 24. They needed the final fraction to be into 24th's because their circle was divided into 24 pieces.Pre-Algebra students were given various fractions and a circle that was divided into 8 pieces;

*therefore*, in order to determine how much of their circle was for which interest, hobby, etc. students needed to make

**sure**they had equal fractions of 8th's.

Here are some of the

**wonderful**,

*colorful*, and

__super__informative completed circles done by my new kiddos! It's

*awesome*to see the amount of time, effort, and creativity students put into these circles and how much we can learn about each other just by looking at them.

**Aren't they awesome?!**I will get these laminated in the upcoming week and then students will put these on the outside of their lockers! It's a great way to get to know students, their interests, and add a

*little*color to our hallways

**:)**

Throughout the week we also set the stage for important Math practices we want to incorporate throughout the year. Our district's Curriculum Instructor showed us this

**fabulous**website over the summer during our development days that we used within this first week of school to get students thinking about Math,

*but also*to get them thinking about

*why*and

*how*we think about Math. Our activities came from youcubed.com and Stanford University. We used their

**Week of Inspirational Math**to get students comfortable within our Math classes.

The

*first*activity we did is called Four 4's. We quickly watched a "Mindset" video before beginning the activity in order to get students ready for Math concepts and thinking. Students then worked together in groups to reach numbers 1 through 20 using only 4 4's and mathematical operations.

**For example:**4 + 4 + 4 + 4 would be 16. There are four 4's used within the problem. Another

**example**would be 4 - 4 + 4 / 4 would be 1. As students worked together to reach numbers one through twenty it was

*interesting*to see how they used their four 4's to reach the numbers. Students even got

**creative**and used parenthesis to group operations together, use the square root of 4, numbers like 44, and more!

**It was a great activity!**Throughout the week we continued to work our way through the Week of Inspirational Math and their activities. Along with Four 4's, I think student's had a

**great**time with Day 3's activity called Paper Folding. In this activity students started with a square piece of paper and had to then, using this square, fold the paper into various squares and triangles that had 1/2 or 1/4 of the area of the original square. Students did a

**job with this activity and really enjoyed proving that the area was the 1/2 or 1/4 of the original.**

__great__
Along with

**awesome**activities that students really enjoyed, there were__fabulous__videos (short! only about 2-5 minutes each) that really hit home some*awesome*ideas for the Math classroom. Videos included discussions about speed and mistakes in Math classes. Messages encouraged students that it's not about speed in Math class, it's okay to make mistakes, our brain grows when we make those mistakes, and many more**wonderful**messages. Students really liked the videos and the activities, they really got the students thinking, and overall it was a**great**way to start the year in Math!I'm

**excited**for week 2 as we begin to

*dive*into our curriculum, concepts, and actual Math work! Here's to a great school year and

**lots**of updates on the blog!

*Until next time*...

**:)**

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