Friday, April 12, 2013

Joining in on the FUN!!

Well hello there!  I'm the newest member of ATUE, Jamie Riggs, also know as MissMathDork!


I am so incredibly excited to be joining this amazing group of collaborators in their journey to bring you awesome lessons for your kiddos.  I am currently a Math Specialist at a 5-8 middle school in Virginia.  I spend 1/2 of my day working with my 16 core math teachers and 4 special educators.  I spend the other 1/2 of my day working with 38 math resource students who are between 1 and 5 years behind in their basic math skills.  I love that my job changes every day and that it keeps me on my toes!  I also love that I get to keep my feet in the classroom!  Working to vertically align the curriculum, instruction and vocabulary is HUGE, but I LOVE being with my kiddos!
Before becoming the math specialist at my current middle school, I taught 7 years of Algebra and Geometry at the middle school level and I spent one year working with my College Alma Mater (Go Tribe!) working as a Math Specialist to schools that were struggling to make AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) in math at all levels. 

When it comes to math, I am a HUGE NERD.  I love anything and everything pi related, especially t-shirts.  I also love collecting fun earrings that are math-geek-chic (thankfully my awesome Mother-in-law helps with that obsession!)  My absolute favorite ones are my domino earrings.  


Any way, enough about my love of nerdy math attire!  How about what I'm all about - MAKING MATH FUN!  Working with teachers and kiddos at 4 different grade levels really allows me to see need for different types of activities across the board, and so, I create them!  As I was helping in classrooms around my school, I noticed the need to make measurement (both metric and customary) more exciting, so I created Measurement Wars.  AND, just this past week, I added a product called Measurement Made Easy, which is a series of posters featuring my MissMathDork avatar teaching various ways of understanding measurement. Make sure to check out my blog post on the activity - the kiddos had a BLAST and there were quite a few "ah-ha" moments!!!  


Remember how I said I teach in Virginia?  Well, if you didn't know Virginia didn't adopt the CCSS,  BUT I am very aware of all the CCSS craziness going on all around me.  Just recently my dear friend, Jennifer Smith-Sloane aka 4mulaFun and I were chatting, and she was wishing for a CCSS checklist to keep herself organized with her Solve and Snip series.  We chatted about how she wanted it to look, and possible ways teachers could use it and then I went to work. A few days later, I sent her the checklists to look over and proof.  AND NOW that we've made them what we wanted, I'm offering them to you for FREE!  There are (currently) three checklists: one for K-2, one for 3-5, and one for 6-8.  In the semi-near future I plan to create two more for the High School Common Core Math Standards.  


Get your FREE K-2 Checklist here, your FREE 3-5 Checklist here, and your FREE 6-8 Checklist here!

I would LOVE for you to download each of the CCSS checklists but DON'T FORGET

FEEDBACK = LOVE

Oh! and just because this is my first post, and it needs to be EXTRA SPECIAL... the first 3 people to leave comment with their email address in it will receive my Measurement Made Easy bundle for FREE!!

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20 comments:

  1. Thanks for the freebies! Great post!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping in. I sent your freebie- I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. Great post! Love the earrings! I'm going to follow this blog now too.

    lynetteapo@yahoo.com

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    1. Hey Lyn, Thanks! I love the earrings too... I have so many fun, non mathy ones too - it's a bit of an addiction! I sent your freebie to your email - I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. I'm so excited to see you here! I already follow both blogs, but this is extra special. Thanks for the freebies.
    blueunicorn1974@gmail.com

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    1. Aww, Karen - thanks so much! Freebie sent - ENJOY!

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  5. Darn, I am too late! LOVE your post and your activities!

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    1. Thanks so much Amy! I purchased your task card templates this morning! I am so incredibly excited to use them!!!

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  7. I teach in Texas and we didn't adopt them either. This is an awesome resource! THANKS

    Elizabeth
    Hodges Herald

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! Some days I love that we didn't adopt, other days it's SUPER frustrating :) c'est la vie!

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    2. I'm a Texas gal too and with the changes in the Math TEKS next year they might as well be the CCSS!

      Jennifer Smith-Sloane
      4mulaFun

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  8. I love your post! I am so happy you have joined us here on ATUE! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Peanut! I am having a blast :)

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  9. Thanks for the lists! New follower:)

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    1. Awesome! I'm glad that I helped and THANKS for following both ATUE and me! Much appreciated!

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    1. You are very welcome! Thanks so much for stopping in!

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  11. I might have to become a math nerdie next year because I might teach math for the first time EVER!! 6th grade!!! :)

    Thanks for this awesome checklist!

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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