Y'all - I'm a big nerd. A big fat Math nerd. I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE Math. Love it!
I've taught Middle School math for 8 years and I have the best time sharing my crazy love of math with bunches of 12-14 year olds :) (What?!?!?! That isn't your ideal day????) hahaha
I love Math so much I secretly want all of these shirts...
On Sunday, I posted this pic on Instagram...
... they're my "Have Mercy" passes and I got a BIG response from it. Which got me thinking that maybe every once in a while I'd share some of the fun teacher stuff that I've come up with over the years. I like to infuse humor and fun into my class and would love to share that with some of my teacher readers!
So here are my "Have Mercy" passes in a printable format for all of you!!!
(right click, save to your desktop and print)
Here's how a "Have Mercy" pass works... I give each student one pass at the beginning of each quarter and it allows them to "Have Mercy" on one homework assignment. If they had a basksetball game the night before and a History test to study for and didn't have time to do it OR they did it, but they left it at home they fill out this sheet (I have a big stack printed on CRAZY pink paper at the front of my classroom)... (again, right click, save and print)
... and give me their pass. They can turn it in the next day with no penalty (my normal penalty is 30 points off for turning an assignment in late). When I collect papers, they turn in the above paper with their mercy pass and that helps me remember that they're using a pass. I keep them in a stack for the next day so I remember to ask them for the assignment on that day.
Sidenote: Academic detention is something our whole Middle School does. If a student doesn't have a mercy pass and they don't have their homework, they're expected to serve an academic detention after school to complete it.
One of my favorite things to do is put a funny picture up on my SmartBoard every day. I have a collection of about 500 silly pics that I choose from and the students love it.
I also have "theme" pictures for different times of the year. We just had exams so I thought I"d show you some of my favorites.
Hahahaha. This picture of Mason cracked me up and so I turned it into an Exams Are Coming graphic.
This one is usually on the board a couple of days before the test :)
Anyway - hope you found something fun to use in your classroom, or read this and were thankful that you don't have to teach pre-teens to solve quadratic equations all day :)