Whiteboard Posters

A while back, I saw a picture of these posters on Instagram from Teaching the Distance.  I really liked and them and thought of many different uses for them, so I decided to create my own.  As the year goes on, and I finalize some of the other ones I’ve been working on, I’ll add them here.


This is what I came up with.

So far this year, I’ve been using them for the area formulas.  I really like being able to “build” the formula as we talk about why it works.  I show a lot of gifs to my students during this unit so they can see where the formulas come from.  As we were using these, I had the thought that something like this would be really nice for literal equations as well.

To stick them to the whiteboard, I used whiteboard tape like this.  The magnets aren’t super strong, so in the future I may try something else, but this is what I had and it works.

My plan for this is to “build” them each day with my classes as we’re starting the unit, and then towards the middle/end of the unit, leave them up on the board until the unit is over.


I also have the ones for order of operations *almost* ready to go.  As I’m writing this post, I realized I forgot “exponents”.  Ugh.  I’ve updated the file and will print it out this week.

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Here is the link to download the files.

I’m working on ones for slope, the various forms of linear equations, the Pythagorean theorem, and arithmetic and geometric sequences.  If you can think of any others I could make, please let me know!

Quote Posters 2019-2020

Every year around this time (16-17, 17-18, 18-19) I share the new quote posters I’ve made for my classroom.  I try to remember to keep a note on my phone of quotes I find throughout the year, and then over the summer I turn them into posters that I rotate throughout the year in my classroom.

Here is the link to download this year’s set.

 

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Group Number Signs

Last year in this post I included a link to my group number signs inspired by Sara.

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These were truly one of the. best. additions to my classroom last year.  I absolutely loved them!  The only thing I didn’t like about them, was I hadn’t made enough!  I often like to have smaller groups or pairs, and often wished I had signs for more than 10 groups.

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SO I decided to make signs up to Group 17.  You can download the file here if you’re interested in using them in your own classroom.

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Ready to Go!

Up until a week ago or so my classroom looked pretty much the same as it did last year, which was fine.  I loved my room last year.  However, now that I’ve spent some time in there this weekend and added a few new things, I feel ready to go for the year.

The only thing that’s missing is my play table.  I haven’t quite figured out the perfect spot for it (or what I’ll use for the table).  I’m hoping once the year starts, and I see kids in the space, I’ll have a better idea of where would be a good place for it.

Here’s some of the changes in my room since last year.  (The link to download the files for the stuff used in my room last year is in this post.


Within the first few minutes of class, there are often students asking for a pencil, students needing a calculator, and students needing to get what they missed from being absent.  I decided to put all of these things in one space.  Last year, the folders for missing work were in the back of the room, sort of behind my desk, and I hope that this will be a better spot for them.  I’m also trying something new with pencils this year.  We’ll see how it goes.  Pencils became a daily frustration of mine.  I don’t mind giving a student a pencil who needs one, but I didn’t like the system I had last year.

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The True Delight poster is from Meg.  Here is the link to her post with it.  I love the quote.  I love that seeing the poster reminds me of Meg, and I love that the quote is from Isaac Asimov.  Growing up, every morning while eating breakfast my dad and I would do the Isaac Asimov’s Super Quiz that was in the paper daily.  I usually wasn’t very good at them, but I looked forward to doing it with my dad everyday.

To make the magnet board to hold the pencils, I got a 12×12 magnetic sheet like this one at a craft store.  I already had the frame at school that I had used for something else in my old classroom, and it was perfect for this.  I added a piece of scrapbook paper, and attached it to the wall with command velcro strips.

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This is the quote I put up above the calculators.  I saw it recently on Twitter and decided I wanted it up in my room.  You can download it here.


This summer I made an electronic version of a poster I had up in my room last year.  I decided I should make it using Publisher before our school switched over to Macs.  You can download it here.  It’s designed to be printed as a 22×28.

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If your school has laptops and you don’t have a laptop stand, you need one.  I’m serious!  I got this stand for my laptop at some point last year mainly because my cousins are chiropractors and didn’t give me much choice.  BUT I absolutely love it and can’t imagine going without it.

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I didn’t think my classroom could become any more “Sarafied” than it already was, but then Sara posted this.  I was wrong.  It could, and it did.

The bins below are one of the things I took from Sara’s post.  Sara puts all of the handouts, worksheets, etc. into a bin, and if a student needs another copy of something, they dig through the bin.  No more filing extra papers.  No more digging through said files when a student comes in asking for another copy of a worksheet from a month ago.  I’m already looking forward to this!

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I have been in Sara’s classroom a couple times and have always loved the group number signs she has hanging from her ceiling.  Megan recreated them.  You can download them here.  I ended up deciding to add groups 7-10.  Here is the link to the ones I made.  It’s a pdf since I used a bit different font for the front side.  If you want and editable version, go to Sara’s blog and check out what Megan made.  They’re great!!

I attached it to the ceiling using a magnet like Sara suggested in her post.  I used a hot glue gun to attach the yarn to the magnet.  I think I ended up having the signs hang down a little bit over a foot.

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Another thing I took from Sara’s post was to make these binder clips.  When I printed off what Sara shared on her blog, I discovered that her binder clips were bigger than mine.  I made a smaller version of what she shared.  You can find it here.

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Then there’s this.  Casey started this in her classroom years ago.  Hers is amazing!   She sent me the pdf of the poster, and I decided to make one of my own.  I love it!

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Quote Posters 2017-2018

In the past 24 hours my excitement for the start of the school year has grown exponentially.  Up until yesterday afternoon, I wasn’t ready for the school year to start and for summer to be over.  I took a couple math courses this summer and finished up my last final yesterday, and as soon as I got home from working on that I was ready to start thinking about the school year.

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I really enjoy creating things for my classroom.  I like that I’m being productive, but it doesn’t feel like work.  Last year I shared some quote posters I had made in this post.  Every year I like to create a few new ones.   Last night when I got home, finding quotes for new posters was one of the first things on my list of things to do for school.

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I thought I’d share what I made in case anyone else wants to use them in their classroom.  Here is the link to download the posters, and again here is the link to last year’s post where you can download the other posters I’ve made.

Mathematics is the study of patterns.

This summer I was crazy fortunate to spend several days learning from Sara Van Der Werf. If you’ve ever heard her speak or even been around her for more than 30 seconds, you know what a huge blessing that was!  SO much of what I’ve done these first few days and things in my classroom are either from her or a result of something I’ve learned from her this summer or her blog.

One of the things that Sara continued to bring up in her sessions was that math is the study of patterns, and that mathematicians notice patterns, describe patterns, and generalize patterns.  In my notes from one of her sessions I have written down that one of the things she tells her students related to this is that powerful people notice patterns, describe them, and generalize them.

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This idea kept coming up over the summer, and I knew I wanted to make a poster for my classroom with that on it to remind myself of this so that I can stress this idea to students.

Sara said she’s got a blog post on this topic, so let’s hold her to it and make sure she blogs about it soon!

Update 7/21/17 –  Read Sara’s post on this here.  She’s got some ideas I will DEFINITELY be using the first week of school this year!

The files for the poster are here.  The poster is 24″ x 18″.  I printed it from Vistaprint.  If you use the Publisher file, you will need the fonts KG Life is Messy, KG Dancing on the Rooftop, and KG When Oceans Rise.