180 – last day

It was a half day. Because I and another teacher have 8th graders for homeroom, we are charged with riding the school bus with them to one student’s home for a pool party. About 5 parents (mostly moms) come to help set up and supervise with us. The kids had a great time hanging out, sliding down the long windy water slide, and swimming. We ate lunch there and headed back to school where the tears from the 8th graders started pouring as they said goodbyes to each other. Many of whom will not see or hear from each other again for another 3 hours.

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179 – last day of classes with my 6th graders

The last day of class with my 6th graders is always bitter sweet for me because I do not teach 7th graders. So these kids get a break from me for one year.

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178 – last class for 8th graders

In algebra, we spent time going over their last quiz on solving rational equations. Then they helped me clean up my classroom.

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In geometry, we worked as much as we can on the bracelet problem.

They don’t have school tomorrow as their continuation ceremony at 5:00 PM. On Friday — half day — we go to one of the student’s home for a BBQ.

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177 – the bracelet problem

This problem is from the Math Forum, called “Bracelet Craze.”

If the company has twelve different colors of beads, and exactly one bead of each color must be used to make a bracelet, how many different bracelets can be made?

Bonus: If there are n different colors of beads, and exactly one bead of each color must be used to make a bracelet, how many different bracelets can be made?

I had a lot of fun doing this problem, so I shared it with my geometry kids. Wonderful problem to showcase the kids’ perseverance!

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176 – Magic Mountain

Our 8th graders get to go to Magic Mountain every year. I’m one of two 8th grade homeroom teachers, so I get to tag along.

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175 – my own kids’ HS graduation

I had to get a sub as my own two kids graduated from high school today.

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My son, Gabriel (age 18) with his girlfriend Emily.

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Sabrina (age 16, she skipped a grade) with her friend Serena.

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172 & 173 & 174 – nothing

I’m sure we did plenty, but I don’t have any pictures in my camera, so I can’t remember. This is way too late in June to still be in school. My brain is fried!

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171 – the Numbers Project

Inspired by this week’s fabulous Math Munch digest, my 8th graders are writing their birthdays in the style of the Numbers Project by Brandon Todd Wilson. They have exactly 1 class period to do this.

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My 6th graders played Unders and Overs. Always a fun lesson.

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168 & 169 & 170 – nothing

I can’t remember. :(

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167 – more Barbie drawing

Continuing with yesterday’ work.

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