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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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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...

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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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Design Challenges In Math Class
Upon going back to the classroom this year, I promised myself I would continue some of the things I started doing as an instructional coach.  One of my must do's this year is Design Day.  One day a week, we have a design challenge in our math class.  The pu...

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Ratios, Proportions, Chocolate Milk, and Hummingbird Feeders
Photo Courtesy of Krissy Venosdale I am kind of an unconventional math teacher... I want my students to find other ways to solve problems that do not involve blindly following rules that I give them, oh I don't give them rules.  I spend an abundance of time...

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What I learned in First Grade
This morning I was reading George Couros' most recent blog post: 5 Questions to Ask Your Students to Start the School Year Click Here . At the beginning of the post he shares a question he posted on twitter to his followers: "In your time as a student in K...

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Makey Makey Sprinkler Simulation
One of our school sites has had sprinkler issues in their campus garden for nine months.  I had recently introduced Makey Makeys to four of the classes ranging in grades 1 - 4.  The awesome principal who has her contractors license and knows a thing or two ...

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Covered Wagon Maker/Design Challenge
Last week one of the STEAM teachers I work with weekly texted me and asked if I could find a Covered Wagon maker activity.  The great part of being an instructional coach is that the teachers call on me to do the leg work and research they do not have the t...
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