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Amber Alert! The Baby is Missing!

This will be my last blog article until January 3rd. I want to take a break from blogging and technology in general to have an old fashioned Christmas with my family. 

There is an old devotional in Our Daily Bread entitled Where's the Baby? which I think is excellent, and I wanted to share it with you this Christmas season. It goes like this.

*Two women, who were dressed in their finest, were having lunch together in a very exclusive restaurant. A friend saw them and came over to their table to greet them. "What's the special occasion?" she asked. One of the women said, "We're having a birthday party for the baby in our family. He's two years old today." "But where's the baby," the friend asked. The child's mother answered, "Oh, I dropped him off at my mother's house. She is taking care of him until the party is over. It wouldn't have been any fun with him along."

How ridiculous! A birthday celebration for a child who wasn't welcomed at his own party!?! Yet, when you stop to think about it, that's no more foolish than going through the Christmas season without remembering the One whose birth we are supposed to be honoring! And that's how many people celebrate Christmas. In all their busyness - the party going, gift shopping, decorating, and family gatherings - the One whose birthday they are commemorating is almost completely forgotten.

As you move through the holiday season, in all of your good times with your family and friends, make sure you don't leave out the Lord Jesus. Give Him the honor He deserves.

Christmas blessings to each of you.  May God abundantly bless you in 2019 with much joy and contentment.

*DeHaan, Richard, Where's the Baby? Our Daily Bread, Dec. 14, 2000, RBC Ministries,

A Go Figure Debut for A Piece of Pi Who Is New!

Anna is a fellow mathematician and the creator of the store Piece of Pi. She has been teaching 8th grade math for 19 years, and she can’t imagine doing anything else! She is married to her best friend, Jeff. They met in algebra class their freshman year of high school (of course it would be math class!) They have two beautiful children, Matthew (16) and Elise (13). Her hobbies (besides creating teaching materials) include reading, playing the piano and attending concerts. Four months ago, their family adopted an adorable beagle from animal rescue named Jinx.

This year, Anna is teaching algebra and geometry to 8th graders. She describes her classroom as a positive, structured environment. Although the classes she teaches are rigorous, plenty of support is offered. She teaches with guided notes, then lots of practice activities to help her students retain concepts. Anna has created many “looping” resources (another word for spiraling) for her classroom. She finds that these practice resources have really improved her students’ retention. Her color-coded note-taking techniques have also helped them learn new concepts and math standards…especially for those students who have special needs. She finds it rewarding when they become successful learners while mastering challenging content!

Her TPT store, Piece of Pi, contains 150 math resources
(14 free and 136 paid products). Her mathematics
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curriculum materials are perfect for grades 7-9. The resource “Light Up Learning Guided Notes” are guided notes for Pre-Algebra using 8th grade common core math standards. Students color code with highlighters as a note-taking technique. This helps them to organize and match key pieces of information. They explore rate of change, use the Pythagorean Theorem, identify functions, and explore slope using similar triangles. In addition, they work with exterior angles of triangles, explore translations, reflections, rotations, dilations, distributive property, combine like terms, and calculate volume. In other words, they light up learning! When completed, these pages make great study guides and are a useful addition to interactive math notebooks.

Anna’s featured free resource is entitled, “Which One Doesn’t Belong: Math Journaling Activity.” Anna always wants her students to explain their mathematical reasoning, and this resource provides much-needed writing in math class! Furthermore, it is ideal for critical thinking! 

Many of her other resources are leveled, including several math “hurdle” activities…perfect for practice and student competition! You’ll find a variety of “looping” pages, which offer valuable practice for students’ retention of concepts. Creating resources that can help teachers save time and help their students become successful learners is what Anna loves to do. In fact, she is proud of the fact that her resources have been approved of by her own 8th graders!

So take some time to check out Anna’s store. If you like what you see, you might also want to visit her blog, Have a Piece of Pi. And no, you won’t find any pie recipes there!

Free Holiday Resource

Christmas is upon us, and I know as a teacher, we are always looking for fun, engaging activities for our students. Check out these free holiday lessons by The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative! This 20 page E-book includes activities for kindergarten through 12th grade from experienced Teachers Pay Teachers sellers. All you have to do is download it! 

Wishing you the very best during the holiday season.

The Members of the Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative.