Kara Roberts
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  • Newaygo, MI
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The Final Weeks

Started Apr 19, 2011 0 Replies

This has nothing to do with Algebra, in particular, but rather a teacher to teacher discussion...We are in the last weeks of school, the students seem to be getting restless already, there are all…Continue

What is your take on re-takes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by KC Mowrey Mar 6, 2011. 2 Replies

My school is pushing the idea that students cannot fail.  So, that leaves me allowing re-takes and fixes on all assignments, all quizzes and all tests.  Not only is this a lot of work (you need 2-3…Continue

Homework Suggestions?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fawn Nguyen Feb 1, 2012. 13 Replies

In my blog I discussed my issue with students not doing their homework. I cannot get a good picture of who is and who is not learning the material if they don't present to me what they know (the…Continue

Any retention strategies out there?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arthur Weiss Feb 3, 2011. 1 Reply

How do you teach so kids retain the material?With the Algebra 1 material, there is so much that you only have one day to teach a concept.  So when do you find the time to re-teach or review a…Continue

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Middle School Math, Grade 6, Grade 7

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Another Lesson Observation

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 8:55pm 0 Comments

June came and observed my lesson again today.  Unfortunately our timing did not match up this time.  I began the class with a warm-up and then passed out the test (not much to observe).  The warm-up was the peice that I worked on for this observation.  I am trying to work towards a more "math talk" like classroom.  My focus is on questioning.  My warm-up asked the students to further their knowledge with solving equations.  We have been working diligently on solving one- and two-step…


Lesson Observation - Inequalities

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 5:43pm 1 Comment

It was a week ago now that June came in and observed me introduce Inequalities to my 6th grade class.  Last week was completely insane with Parent-Teacher Conferences and meetings, plus after school activities.  So finally, here is how it went...

I took your advise and assigned the warm-up that asked the students to compare numbers.  It was a great lead.  Then, all the sudden I felt somewhat unprepared.  It threw me through a loop that the students had never seen the symbol "greater…


Lesson Observation

Posted on January 21, 2011 at 9:21pm 3 Comments

I am working with June to perfect my teaching and to focus my teaching on Algebra and a "math talk community".  Currently I am teaching 6th grade mathematics.  This is the first year that students are introduced to variables, negative numbers, and the like.  The way I see it, is this is the year that is going to predict their algebraic future.  I am THE teacher you can blame when they don't know how to solve a simple equation or understand an algebraic expression.  This is a critical year…



Posted on November 15, 2010 at 10:22am 1 Comment

After reading Patricia's post I am a bit disappointed in my district. I finally had both my document camera and projector installed on Thursday and I have ordered a remote for my computer (3 months into the school year). I wish my district would push technology more... Friday was amazing though. My students love technology. We had a blast using my document camera and projecting both computer documents and peices of paper onto the screen. I think the document camera can really make learning…


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