Flashcard Flipbook #MTBoS2020

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I came across this idea from the amazing Pam about a teacher hack on retrieval practice – the Flashcard Flipbook. Here is her post that includes it: https://pamjwilson.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/bonus-session-teacher-hacks-tmc17/

I started this second semester and had grand plans for using it for finals, but then COVID-19 happened and we never went back to school after 3rd quarter ended. But it is an idea I will 100% be using again.

I already have my learners keep a Portfolio in class. It’s really just where they keep all of their assessments (that I’m not allowed to have them keep, but I have to hold onto them for an undetermined amount of years) and also anything else they feel like keeping in there. Some keep their notes packets in there because they know they’d lose them otherwise. Most are just filled with tests and quizzes and their grade tracker. They are just plain old file folders that I can get for free from my school and every learner puts their name on one at some point before I hand back their first assessment. You can see them in the picture below on top of my Chromebook cart and next to the calculators.img_3892

So what I did starting 2nd semester was on the day before each assessment, I had learners spend 5 minutes writing on their notecard anything that they knew about the topics for that assessment. Some learners took it less seriously than others, but most were really into it and made pretty great notecards. I always phrased it as something like “Write what you want your future self to know before they go into final exams.” I have some examples below – one from Algebra 1 and one from Honors Geometry. My units are almost all structured as one quiz in the middle, one test at the end. So, most use one side for what’s on the first quiz and then flip it for the rest of the unit.


These aren’t used during the assessment. They are merely to help solidify the knowledge that they have at the time. Then, my plan was that they would take some time before the final exam to consolidate all of that into one notecard that they are allowed to use for their final.

Next year I definitely want to do even more with this. I want to make it more like Pam’s, where it is a little more organized and I want to do it more than just right before the assessment. I don’t know if I will be able to pull off 5 minutes every day like it’s suggested, but I’m thinking maybe once a week. I’d also like to do more peer review of them, or maybe just adding to their tablemates’ cards or finding something from another’s card to add to their own.

I got lots of comments from learners about how they thought it really helped to write it out. Like they figured out that just writing it all out helped them remember. The ones that took it seriously were also really excited to be able to use it later to help them study for their final. Now the question is how to make it so more learners take it seriously? I know it’s tough for high schoolers (and adults and everyone) to see how their effort can make a difference for them down the line. I wish I had been able to get to the end game with this one so I could have shared feedback with future learners. Oh well. I know it would have been great.

Une bonne idée qui ne voit pas sa fin.

Using Cool Fonts in Google Classroom and Desmos

So I recently realized you can use cool fonts from CoolFont.org in Desmos and the awesome Amy Zimmer @zimmerdiamonds asked if I’d do a demo. So I made a video and figured I’d also make a blog post about it!

I am pretty sure I found this from Tony Vincent @tonyvincent after hearing about him from the Shake Up Learning Podcast. He has a post about Google Classroom tips that include changing fonts. Somehow I got from there to CoolFont.org.

I made a video, which was also my first screencast demo and first upload to YouTube!  Here it is:


I don’t really bother too much with fonts, except that I like to have different fonts that make the learner’s attention really see certain words. Here are some examples:

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In my latest Desmos activity for Remote Learning (edited from Julie’s activity).

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***Disclaimer: I have been alerted to some fonts not showing up on certain devices, so please be careful and check out your work on different devices first before you need learners to see them!!!

Definitely the least important part of a Desmos Activity, but it’s fun!

Les capture vidéos de l’écran sont un peu embarrassants parce que ma voix semble étrange.

#QuaranTiles #MTBoS2020

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I made a thing!


I was really intrigued by all of the tweets I was seeing during this time of quarantine about the wood blocks being turned into math play things. Look it up at #QuaranTiles. My husband has been doing a lot of woodworking and when I showed him the project he was also interested (mainly because he had an excuse to now get a table saw that went on sale). Luckily, Nat Banting made a great how-to guide: http://natbanting.com/project-quarantiles/

So we took a bunch of his leftover scrap wood and started cutting 1.5 inch squares. I think I would have gone smaller if I could go back in time because they really do take up a lot of room when you put them together. But it’s all good.

And then I learned how to use the power sander and sanded the faces followed by taping them off.

And then it got to the painting. I had yellow, green, red, and blue already laying around my house so that’s what I used. One of our life goals is to one day have a house with a legit work area. But for the time being we use cardboard boxes and other scrap wood.

And they came out great! They’re fun to play with and I can’t wait until my learners get a chance to play with them, too.

Un moment de joie pendant cette crise.

2019-2020 Classroom Pics #MTBoS2020

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I don’t think I’ve posted pictures of my classroom since I moved to my school in 2016. Since getting here I’m in my 3rd classroom and this year is the first time I’ve had the same room two years in a row. This is my second to least favorite room I’ve ever had because of where it is in the school and its dimensions, but I’ve made it my own. It does have its advantages – I was moved here because we put all Freshman Academy teachers on the same floor and all 3 of the freshmen math teachers are in the same hallway now. I’m far away from pretty much everything except the elevator. I try to use the elevator rarely, but it’s nice to have easy access when I need it.

I’m right now in the middle of the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic school closure. It’s been exactly a month since I’ve seen my learners because of Spring Break leading into Illinois shutting down schools to help with social distancing. I was allowed to go back for about 15 minutes one day to pick up stuff from my classroom and decided to take some pictures. If you click on the pictures you can see it bigger.

*Disclaimer: I had to leave right away on the day before Spring Break and thought I’d be coming back to school during the second week of break to do this Catch Up Academy thing so I had planned on doing a lot of cleaning/organizing/preparing for 4th quarter during that time. I’d say this is what a typical start of each day looks like in my room.

Pictures of the outside of my classroom:


Some things you see here are (click to download or see where they came from if you want):


Teacher desk area:

  • Teacher of Awesome poster from Sarah Carter
  • Chromebook cart that houses a pencil sharpener, 5 computer mice, class set of TI-84 Plus CE calculators in chargers that are each numbered with a Plicker on the back, and each learner’s class folder that houses all their assessments, their grade tracker, and unit notecards.
  • An extra chair that isn’t attached to a desk and isn’t on wheels
  • The Bin where learners put anything they ever turn in to me (random signature things, a few homework assignments that are paper, things they need me to sign, Advocating Forms, assessments, etc.)
  • On the desk all the time: tape dispenser, two staplers, large and small paper clip dispensers, sharpened pencils for learners to use, hand sanitizer, lotion from hotel rooms, sticky notes, butterfly in a jar, chords for hooking my laptop up to Promethean Board/projector, printer, charger, speakers,
  • Next to the desk is a small table that doesn’t quite reach to my desk that leaves me space to hide supplies I’ll use in class that day and/or things I just need to put away and on top of it is a shelf with (from bottom to top): birthday cards and bracelets, mister for my plants, stereo with absent student cards on top, Delta Math assignment printouts, things I want to put up in classroom, two shelves of things to file away, all of the materials I’ve used in the past for the remaining units, a basket that sometimes learners use to put distracting things in (I was surprised that they brought that up), and then on the top some pictures of friends and family and my aloe plant and some 3D printed math stuff and my PCMI cube
  • White drawers of supplies such as dry erase pockets (shop ticket holders) and sheet protectors, printer paper, dice, decks of cards, hammer, screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, nails, tape measure bingo chips, tools, stickers, random stuff I honestly don’t know in the bottom drawer
  • On top of the white drawers on the left are a shelf of (from the bottom): things I need to take to the copy room, turned in Advocating Forms next to their signed syllabus/learner info sheets, assessments from any class that need to be taken/finished, Honors Geo assessment keys w/blank quiz retakes, Algebra I assessment keys w/blank quiz retakes, phone (new from a few months ago and I love it because it can show missed calls and can call outside area codes)
  • On top of the white drawers on the right are my colored class folders that hold things that need to be graded/handed back
  • A rolling cart that has (from the bottom): copies to hand out to classes usually a whole unit at a time, my personal printer that my department gives us ink for but it’s not the name brand ink and that means my color printing never has the right colors, terrarium and cup with large pencil and eraser but also usually other random things that I need to put somewhere
  • American flag and hanging from it all sorts of lanyards, Illini glasses, Mickey Mouse hat from the band I work with performing at Disney World, mask from Venice
  • On the wall with the window: phone extensions for the school and district hanging behind the phone and I’ve highlighted frequently used numbers, a metal pi made at my husband’s school, fluid painting from a learner
  • On the wall behind the desk (mostly from left to right): nice notes from people,  6-week dry erase calendar, weekly birthday list, Study Club advertisement, bell schedule, lots of magnets on the only magnetic thing in my room, each class’s Essential Question, homework, agenda (hasn’t changed all year except the one time I had a sub all day), my before and after school availability for the week, list of who needs to finish an assessment, popsicle sticks of destiny (from Sam Shah) for each class
  • Also held up by magnets behind my desk is: new student checklist, fundraiser reminders, dry erase markers for the calendar and EQ/homework/weekly availability boards

Pictures of the whole classroom from the different sides:

  • 8 groups of 4 desks, each desk has a different color electrical tape at each foot to signify the group names (got that idea from the teacher that was previously in my room and it’s awesome – only replaced the tape at the beginning of the year this year because a few got torn up but probably didn’t even have to)
  • College Entrance Posters (.docx or .pdf) that shows some common and local college entrance stats and lots of University of Illinois stuff
  • Mathematician Alphabet of Not Just Dead White Dudes
  • Einstein poster from WeUseMath.org
  • Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practice in friendly phrases from Everybody is a Genius
  • My class website address
  • Classroom norms that I think I got from Youcubed but now I can’t find exactly
  • Pictures of groups doing the 100 Numbers Task from Sara VanDerWerf
  • Class rules made by each period
  • Good Questions and Good Statements starters from Chris Luzniak
  • Cabinets and a shelf that holds books (mathy/educationy/for fun), labeled class bins for resources like markers, highlighters, scissors, protractor, colored pencils, board erasers (cut up t-shirts), and rulers, blank Cornell Note lined paper, graph paper, scratch paper, Advocating Forms, Error Logs (pdf or doc), individual white boards, board spray, hole puncher, stapler, tape dispenser
  • Mathematics in careers poster from AMS
  • Power of Yet Poster that I honestly can’t find where I might have gotten them
  • White Boards that are numbered and the cups are old cans that I took the labels off and they’re used to keep the dry erase markers tip down and also to make sure that each board has an adequate number of markers.
  • Filing cabinets where a donated Tin Man stands
  • Absent work/extra sheets bin
  • A desk that sits under a play sign (from Sara VanDerWerf) where I put some 3-D printed puzzle things
  • Math Wall of Shame from Sara VanDerWerf

And there it is. I guess there’s a lot in it.

Ma salle de classe est ma maison.

Prepping for Fourth Quarter #MTBoS2020

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At the time I’m writing this, the US is experiencing a pandemic with COVID-19. Schools, restaurants, gatherings across the country are shutting down. I am in my Spring Break right now but then one more week has been canceled after that (for all of Illinois). The nearby Iowa schools are closed until April 10, so I have a feeling we’ll be extending our cancellations, too. There has been no report from my school yet on if we will be doing e-learning like a lot of other schools, but I don’t really know how we would since we are not 1-1 with anything and a good chunk of our learners don’t have reliable internet at home. I’m sure I’ll be hearing in the next couple of days on a further plan for the closed week(s). My night class at the community college has us trying out video conferencing to replace our classes. We’ll see how that goes on Thursday.

I did a really poor job of preparing for 4th quarter before I left for Spring Break. I thought I’d be at school every day of my second week of Spring Break because I signed up to help with our Catch Up Academy (credit recovery) and I just figured I’d come in early or stay late a couple of days to get work done. I also had to leave right after school on our last Friday for a band event I was already late to, so my room is not all nice and pretty and ready like I usually try to have it be when I return after a break. My school is closed to everyone so I can’t even go in to grab all the school stuff I left there. I’m a tiny bit worried about my plants that I thought only had to be without checking-on for a week, but they’re aloe and a terrarium that I never touch normally, so they should be ok.

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[Totally off-topic: I got an orchid at home last year and it did its normal thing and lost its petals after a few months, but my mom said that it would grow back if I just kept treating it like I did when it had petals and this week we got our first bloom! I honestly can’t believe it worked. We have a bunch more buds coming, too. It’s like magic that I’ve been waiting many months for the reveal. You can even see some of the petals I still haven’t cleaned up from when they fell last fall…And also the plant behind the orchid is a bromeliad we got last month and it might be my new favorite. Our succulents finally all died so we got a much brighter replacement that is so far very easy to manage and is doing great! I’m a big fan of live plants but I (used to) have a hard time keeping them alive.]

But I brought home my laptop and my Always-Go-Home folder! (Side note: do you have one of those? I have a purple folder I’ve had since my first year of teaching that has come home with me every day – it holds my calendar, a pencil, and anything else that is important/needs to stay at home/random one paper that needs to be graded/etc.) I also wrote up every topic that still needs to be taught before I left for break (woo for thinking a little ahead!).

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So this is our first year with traditional Geometry instead of integrated courses and then our Algebra 1 last year was all kind of spliced together as best we could from the old integrated courses and now we have a textbook that I don’t use but it’s there if the learners want it. So I have some topics I’ve taught before and just have to re-label them with the new chapter. Or I’ll have to move around some assessment items. I have a slash through Geo Ch 8 because I already actually did all the planning for that before I left since we left in the middle of the unit. I honestly think right triangles and trig is my favorite unit of all in Geometry. Or maybe the 3D stuff. It’s hard to decide.

I have never taught my new Algebra 1 Ch 10 (except I’ve taught exponential graphs and operations on functions). I’ve also never taught my new Geometry Ch 12 (but I have a strong feeling that is going to be cut with us having less time and we coded it “if possible” in our pacing guide). What have you done with those topics that I should try?

It’s a weird feeling to have so many things be repeated from years’ past. I’ve never had that before. I’ve maybe had a topic or two within a unit, but this is the first year I’ve taught a class for the second time (Algebra I) and even that has had quite a few differences from last year when it was our first year of the transition. I feel myself looking at my saved Evernote notes and in the MTBOS Search Engine for activities or strategies and then finding the ones I was already using! That’s not to say there are no new and improved lessons being done. I’ve done a lot more Desmos and VNPS and Stand and Talk activities along with replacing some practice with Delta Math. But it’s a good feeling to know that I can be working on refining instead of coming up with something new.

I also feel that because of this not having to come up with new stuff semester, I’ve just felt like more of a teacher that has her stuff together. I’m not as worried about what I’m teaching tomorrow and I can worry more about the pedagogy and/or relationships. That leads me to how I’m doing in my goals for the year. I’ve already checked in on my goals here and here. This will be my last check-in.

  • Stand and Talks – Amazing. I have been doing a few each unit. Want to do more. I want to get more organized with how I save them, too. That’s a long-term project.
  • Collection of Work/Knowledge – so this goal shifted a little, but I’ve loved the outcome. So far this semester I’ve given my learners five minutes in the day before an assessment to write on a notecard everything they know for that assessment. Some learners take it less seriously than others, but most are really into it and making pretty great notecards. I always phrase it as something like “Write what you want your future self to know before they go into final exams.” We’ve been keeping these in our class folders and I can’t wait to see how much it helps by the end of the semester. Maybe I’ll even write a blog post about it!
  • Birthdays – Might be one of my favorite additions to this year. I now will have some catching up to do when we get back to school, but it’ll be ok.
  • Instagram – I still haven’t gotten learners to take the pictures. Maybe that will have to be next year’s goal. But I realized that a whole lot of the pictures I was taking were learners on a Chromebook (sometimes just one Chromebook in a group, sometimes 1-1) and the other pictures were just the “pretty” moments where something ultra-cool was going on. So I started to post more of just regular old class (like working on a worksheet or taking notes or at the VNPS) and captioning it with what they’re working on and I’ve gotten the same amount of interactions. So I’m gonna keep doing that.
  • Vocabulary – nope. Move this goal to next year.
  • Family Connections – still strong. I’ve been a lot more proactive this semester about contacting home and have picked up my phone more. I feel like I have more time to do this because I’ve been more organized and have less new stuff to plan.
  • Language – another goal for next year.
  • #VNPS – it’s been much better this semester. I did a fun one in geometry right before break where I showed them four right triangles with a variable for a side or angle. As a group they could only use each solving method once and answers had to be as exact as possible: Pythagorean Theorem, Special Right Triangles, Right Triangle Trig, and Inverse Right Triangle Trig. At first, it was rough to make those decisions but as they were able to look around the room at how other groups solved maybe the same one with another method they were doing great at it. Then I gave them word problems with the same rules and I was so smiley because they were groaning so much but then did fine. I need to do better at having one marker per group.


  • Delta Math – still great
  • Puzzles – I kinda left those 3D printed polyhedra pieces out the whole quarter on accident. There are a handful of broken pieces, but that has led to new possibilities of what to build! I intended to change out these for tiling turtles earlier, but they just never got boring so I never thought to change it. Turtles are coming 4th quarter, though.
  • Not Working Harder Than Students – better than it ever has been before, I think
  • Not Blaming – still check
  • Office Hours – still check
  • Google Level 2 – still not yet – pushed to summer
  • More Percussion –  need to do more
  • More #MTBoS –  yes! I feel like I’ve been more involved just because of #MTBoS20 but also I’ve been catching up on reading blogs I’ve saved in my Feedly more and have been posting about some of the things I’m reading on Twitter.
  • Cooking –  these next couple of weeks will really test this. Grocery stores around me have been out of lots of things like chicken and pasta for a while. It’s weird. But I just made orange juice out of a box of fundraiser “clementines” that were pretty terrible in texture but fine in flavor. The juice is so so so good! Took me back to when I’d make orange juice from my Bubbie’s oranges she grew when we were with them in Florida but on a much smaller scale. Also tried some DIY citrus cleaner from the peels and we’ll see how that turns out in a couple of weeks.

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  • #FitBoS – determined to make it happen this month since I’ll have some extra free time. March WILL be the month I meet my goal (and continue to meet it).

Wow that was a lot but I honestly feel good after writing it all. This is shaping up to be a great teaching year for me and I’m just hoping I get to finish it.

Cette pandémie vraiment force nous à refaire nos modes de vie.

Quadrilateral Instagram Project #MTBoS2020

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I’m still excited about this project my Geometry learners did a couple weeks ago. I had an extra day I could afford to try something in my quadrilateral unit and after some searching on the MTBoS Search Engine, I came across this Quadrilateral Instagram Project from Julia. https://designatedderiver.com/2016/01/27/instagrams-for-quadrilaterals-letmetellyouaboutmyshape/. I also found versions from Tina here and Jonathan here.

I pretty much followed their lead and left a lot of it open. All I gave was a short description and a rubric.

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You can see some examples in the posts below. 90% of the class got A’s – this was a project they were excited to do, they had to do a self-assessment before so that really they wouldn’t turn it in without having a 100%, and I was pretty lax on the requirements. I gave one class period to work and then it was due a week later (all of my assignments are given at least a week before the due date if graded). Not all of them were works of art, but the learners had fun and were proud of it. I even had some that created a real Instagram account. Also, because of all of you out there in the #MTBoS, there were a bunch of examples that my learners were able to see with a quick google search!

I debated not even giving them back and putting them up somewhere in my room, but then I know not everyone wants their work up on display. So I returned them to my learners and asked if they would provide donations to put on display. I got 10 or so that I put up actually in the hallway outside my classroom. With my VNPS, I didn’t leave much wall space that’s close enough to eye level that people could actually read.

Comment votres étudiants montrent leur créativité (et leur amour pour les réseaux sociaux)?

Goal Check-In #MTBoS2020

I’m so excited that Jennifer @jenfairbanks8 has set up a monthly blogging challenge described here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bD-zYHpkP0RR7shkovBtOEB4c_rlSuiUKtJCQtid9QY/edit I’ve been a little more active on my blog this year than some past years, but I am still someone that needs that little push of motivation to make things really happen. This blogging challenge is just 12 posts in a year, so I think I can manage. You should join! And if you’re just here to read, then I hope you get something out of it!

It’s been (a little over) half a school year and I only really revisited my 2019-2020 goals once back in the first midquarter. Should have been checking in more for sure. But better late than never, right? Here it is:

  • Stand and Talks – still going well. I definitely fell off the wagon a bit at the end of last semester but I’m back on it and have done two in these first two weeks of the new semester. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should! Check out more info here from Sara: https://www.saravanderwerf.com/stand-talks-the-best-thing-i-ever-did-to-get-students-talking-to-one-another/
  • Collection of Work – It may be kind of an abandoned goal at this point, but I think I’m going to adjust it a bit and have my learners make basically a study sheet that they keep in their class folders (where all of their assessments and Grade Trackers live in my classroom). I saw it in an old post from Pam here https://pamjwilson.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/bonus-session-teacher-hacks-tmc17/. I think I can make it work really well. All my classes have their first quiz on Wednesday so I think I’m going to have them make the start of it tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes.
  • Birthdays – still going strong. I realized, though, that since I only have about 2/3 of the same learners in 2nd semester because of schedule changes, I have a bunch that I never got to. But it’s actually been nice because I still usually see them in the hallway and it’s fun to just check in with them and see how their new classes are treating them.
  • Instagram – still great. This quarter I WILL have learners start taking the pics. I had a bit of a trust issue last semester where a lot of my puzzles and some other things were going missing and never got returned. I hope that in this semester that doesn’t happen and I can let the learners have a little bit of the control.
  • Vocabulary – Hmm I really need to do more with this. Need to project vocab more while groups are working.
  • Family Connections – I’m happy with what I’ve done. I had all my classes take a Pre-Class survey at the beginning of the semester and had FormMule send an email home when they submitted that was structured a lot like what I found here in Kristen’s post: http://kfouss.blogspot.com/2017/06/studentparent-survey.html. So every guardian with an email address got contacted in the first week. Calling is still hard, but after we have this first assessment I’ll have more to call about.
  • Language – Need to focus on this more.
  • #VNPS – still can do more, but it’s been better than in previous years.
  • Delta Math – going strong and I even wrote a blog post about it a couple months ago!
  • Puzzles – I kind of redesigned a little bit of my room because I had to get rid of my mini-fridge (which was also being used as a shelf for lots of other stuff) and that allowed me to have a better “play table” aka extra desk in a somewhat awkward spot. But I was able to have one of my friends 3D print some puzzle pieces for polyhedra and it’s been so fun watching them create.


  • Not working Harder Than Students – The beginning of the semester always feels like a whirlwind of never having enough time to get everything done, but it’s started to settle down and I think it’s going to still be good.
  • Not Blaming – still check
  • Office Hours – still check
  • Google Level 2 – still not yet, but I did retake the Level 1 test and passed just in time for me to give a presentation at a district PD so I could still say I was Level 1 Certified (like I mean it happened the night before 🙂 ) I think Level 2 will be more of a summer project.
  • More Percussion –  I haven’t played that much in the last few months. I should do more.
  • More #MTBoS –  I’m doing it with #MTBoS2020!!!
  • Cooking –  I acquired a bunch of bananas from a band event and froze them and asked my classes and the #MTBoS and other people for recipes to use them and I ended up with a bunch of different banana bread recipes that are all good, banana bread brownies that are amazing and I brought to my family’s holiday dinner, banana pudding (don’t do it with frozen bananas if you want it to look appetizing), and banana smoothies. All so good and I feel so accomplished. Also have a new favorite where I cook up chicken, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and some sort of broth with a bunch of herbs and whatever else needs to be used and put it over rice. It’s not from a recipe, but it makes me feel so adult and reminds me of how my mom cooks. I haven’t tried too many new recipes for the Instant Pot or any of my other cooking tools since the summer, though. That should change!
  • #FitBoS – Didn’t make it for 2019. I’m kind of sad about it, but I worked out 108 hours over the year. In 2018 I only did 72 hours, in 2017 I did 92 hours, and in 2016 (the only year I met my goal) I did 100 hours. So I still had the best year yet for working out, and I want to keep doing better. So I set my new 2020 goal for 120 hours and I am gonna meet this one! Who’s with me? Read about it from Meg and sign up here: http://www.megcraig.org/2020/01/02/2020-fitbos-challenge/

A new thing for this semester is I’m teaching a night class at the local community college! It’s Intermediate Algebra, and we meet twice a week for an hour and forty minutes. We’ve only met twice so far and I had a few kinks to work out in the online grading system (Canvas syncing with MyMathLab was not going super well at first), but everything seems to be good now and I have 10 great learners. The class is a pre-requisite course for the first for-credit math class, so that’s why I’m allowed to teach it without a Masters in Math. I’m so excited for this opportunity and just have to say it’s so refreshing to be in a class with these adult learners. I think it’s a mix of growing up and being more mature with also having a clear goal in mind (and also paying for the class) that just makes more learning seem to actually happen. It does mean I have less free time to get to some of my goals, but I am adjusting.

Alright so I am setting another reminder in Google Keep to check in with goals at the end of the quarter and this time I’m actually going to do it. I hope. But at the very least, I’ll have a few more #MTBoS2020 posts before then.

Quelquefois, on doit recevoir les rappels. C’est normal, n’est-ce pas?