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Kristen Owen Beck
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An Educator and Life Long Learner
An Educator and Life Long Learner

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Empathy and the Washington Monument
I have changed jobs once again.  I am now split between two jobs: assistant principal and ed tech coordinator.  At our first administrator professional learning community meeting (PLC) we were given a scenario that forced us to DIG DEEP. This scenario had t...
Empathy and the Washington Monument
Empathy and the Washington Monument
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Thoughts on Failure and Perseverance
Every summer we go to Lake Almanor, three moms and four boys. It is the only time these boys see each other during the year. Today as I was standing in the lake I watched the boys figure out how to all stand on the tube/float. I observed the many failed att...
Thoughts on Failure and Perseverance
Thoughts on Failure and Perseverance
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Picture Book Design Thinking Maker Activities
This summer I am the design thinking enrichment teacher for our Summer Bridge program.  Because literacy is a focus, I decided to base my maker/design thinking projects on picture books.  I work with each grade level for one hour a week and the fifth throug...
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Choose Your Own Assessment - "Functional but Hideous"
I am in the process of getting back to standards based learning and grading in my math classes.  Back in November of 2012 I wrote this post on Grading Iron y which is a great reminder of the power of a zero in the grade book.  It also reminded me that an ov...
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Reaching Vince in Math Class
Vince began the year as one of my most perplexing students.  He was quiet, he struggled with math, he had strained relationships with the other students.  He dreaded working in groups because he did not fit in with anyone.  Everyday I had to dig deep into m...
Reaching Vince in Math Class
Reaching Vince in Math Class
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Math Warm Ups on Whiteboard Walls
The whiteboards are up, now what?  The first place I started was with our warm ups.  Procedure:  Play music and give the students the following instructions: Set your things down in your seats Get a whiteboard pen and go to a whiteboard Complete the Warm Up...
Math Warm Ups on Whiteboard Walls
Math Warm Ups on Whiteboard Walls
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The Math Is on the Wall - Installing the Whiteboards
This will be a series of posts to document and share how whiteboard walls have changed my teaching and student learning in my math classroom this year. This post is about purchase and installation. Let's Start at the Very Beginning... A Very Good Place to S...
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Baby Steps and Bread Crumbs for Shifting Math Instruction
I've been thinking about this for a while now. I want to innovate my math classroom... First, here are my constraints: My curriculum which is Pearson Digits My insane pacing guide which has me and  the teachers at my school and in my district teaching the ...
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Log Splitting Percents HyperDoc
A few weeks ago I posted my Real Life Math idea based on splitting logs for firewood Read it Here .  I wanted to share the HyperDoc I created for my 7th grade students: CLICK HERE It is a "Percents" activity to give the students some Real Life percent conne...
Log Splitting Percents HyperDoc
Log Splitting Percents HyperDoc
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Wood Splitting - A Middle School CCSS Math Lesson
I like create math situations for my students that relate to my life.  I like to do this in the hopes that my students see that everyday things can be related to the math they are learning.  My ultimate goal is for my students to consider the possibility of...
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