I am a passionate, empathetic, thoughtful, mindful, and reflective teacher. What am not is fastidiously organized like I don't even get "or" in my middle name. (My colleague, Danielle, on the other hand, is Crazy organized, I mean she can not have a neat stack of papers where an  ungraded paper is touching a lesson plan is touching a IEP request, let alone a pencil in her pen holder or a calculator returned upside down)
So when I asked for help to make a review stack, I didn't want to forget how I was taught. (Previously my stack always had closed loops before a student got through all the stations)

Blogging is the perfect, "make it stick" strategy.

How to make a review station stack that works:

*Ready for lamination and fun 10 questions printed out in large font, one per paper,
*10 colored pieces of paper--repeat colors are fine,
*Glue Stick or double stick tape,
*Lots of sticky note strips

Step 1) Place in separated text boxes these three items like this: Where I have written Solution 1--you write "Previous Answer. "Where I wrote Question One--you write the directions for the next question, ie, "write in simple radical form."

Repeat this configuration for each of your questions.

Step 2) Print each station. Use the sticky notes to label the questions and solutions by number. Q1 with S1 etc...

Step 3) Make yourself a 4 by 3 grid on a piece of paper. Label each square going down the rows, Station 1, 2, 3...

Station 1
Station 5
Station 9
Station 2
Staion 6
Station 3
Station 7

Station 4
Station 8

Step 4) Under Station 1 write "Solution 1" This is your solution to Question 1. Underneath that, put the question (say Question 4) to a different problem. In the last box put the Question to this solution. Work your way ACROSS the grid.

Station 1

Solution 1

Question 4
Station 5

Solution 4

Question 8
Station 9

Solution 8

Question 3
Station 2

Solution 3

Staion 6


Question 6

Solution 6

Station 3

Solution 7

Question 2
Station 7

Solution 2

Question 9

Station 4

Solution 9

Question 5
Station 8

Solution 5

Question 1

This is your key. Also, BEFORE you cut anything out, make a map of the station to station numbers. What station does the first map onto? The one above goes 1-5-9-2-6-10-4-7-3-8

Step 5)  Time to cut everything out. 

Step 6) Stick one of each Station labels on one of each of the colored papers.

Step 7) Taking the labels off the questions as you go (Yipes, not before!),  place each according to your grid. 

Wha-La! Have fun! Send a picture!

What types of questions do you use Stations for?

I decided to share this "favorite," because my sister, who is in a completely different field than I am, (wardrobe and costuming) thought is was so cool and she could think of so many uses for it, that if I was going to teach her, I thought what the heck, why not post it here. Without further ado:

The Mini-Book: Eight pages from one sheet. I am sure it isn't anything new, just maybe how to format it could be useful. 

Start with a sheet of paper. For the booklet to the left I used 8.5 by 11, but our copier at work does 8.5 by 14 also.

 Use this guide on the right for planning.  (Panels 4, 5, 6 and 7 will need to be in textboxes so that you can flip them over. ) Now you are ready to go to the computer. 

1) Format your blank document Choose Landscape layout and narrow margins. 
2) Insert a table, choose 4 rows by 2 columns. Drag the square in the lower right hand corner until your table fits the page. This is how much room you have to work with. 

                                                                                                            Roll curser to get blue                                                                                                                                square and drag down

3) Type and import images in the spaces. The spaces above will need to be written in text boxes so that they can be turned 180 degrees before you save and print. To flip the text box, grab the green circle and spin. 
4) To get rid of the borders, highlight all the text and choose "no Borders" 
5) Print the one page book. It will look like this: (The blue box did not appear on the copies) 
6) Fold the paper in eighths as shown in the planning picture. Open 

 it and fold as shown. The cut goes from the folded edge halfway across. 

7) Open with the folded edge up and refold! 

This is a great way for students to illustrate vocabulary, take notes, or plan a project. If you plan on using it in an interactive notebook, do not write on side 8. I left mine blank and drew in a picture before I printed it. Okay, okay, I will show you! I left the schmutz visible just to make sure my sister didn't have any false expectations of me! 

How will you use this nifty mini book?

Hey ya'all, Meg Craig over at Insert Clever Math Pun Here followed her tweep at https://mathbythemountain.wordpress.com/ who blogged about FOOD prep. So I thought I would play along because, ya know, we are talking about FOOD!

Just a disclaimer, I am from Sebastopol, California. Our former mayor owned the first dispensary, we have not one, not two, but three Waldorf inspired schools in our town, and the HS t-shirt is a blue and white tie-dye that says, "Just because I go to Analy, doesn't mean I am a hippie."

We have great soil and an agreeable climate and we grow amazing food.

That being said, eating healthy, even VEGAN, can be easy and delicious. (not a vegetarian, not a vegan, but because so many of our friends are, I have had to adapt). Oh yeah, and gluten free too.

I am NEVER without the following ingredients:
--Kosher Salt
--White Pepper
--Roasted Chili Paste
--Dark Sesame Oil
--Rice Vinegar
--Lemon or Lime
--Box of Soup Stock

So here are my two offerings, both easy, gluten and dairy free.

Black Bean Veracruzano with Salad
Black Bean Veracruzano Served with brown rice and salad:

½ onion diced small
2 stalks celery sliced and diced
2” pasilla pepper diced
2TBSP olive oil—saute above for 5-7 minutes

Add 2 chopped tomatoes or equivalent amount of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
½ cup 1” chopped green beans
1/3 cup pitted and chopped green olives
Saute another 3-5 minutes

Add 1 zucchini quartered and diced
2 handfuls of chopped swiss chard
1 flat tsp kosher salt
½ tsp white pepper
1 flat tsp cumin
Saute 5-7 min

3 TBSP lime juice
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 cup black beans
Cook on low flame for 5 minutes

Serve with Brown Rice

Mom’s Ramen

1 small onion chopped
Sauted in

2 TBSP grated ginger
2 medium or 3 small cloves of garlic peeled and smashed, but whole
And 1 large grated carrot
Saute for 3-5 minutes more

1-2 tsp Dark Sesame (Roasted) oil
And 2 cups chopped swiss chard
6-8 inches lemongrass stalk sliced
½ chopped red pepper
Saute for 1-2 minutes

2 TBSP Tamari
2 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp roasted chili paste (mixed with ¼ cup hot water)
And 1 cup 1” chopped green beans or french green beans

Bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes. In the meantime, Bring a pot of water to
boil for ramen noodles.

Cook Brown Rice/Seaweed Noodles in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Immediately
submerge in ice water.
Drain and return to cooking pot with 1 tsp sesame oil.

Roast ½ cup cashew pieces on 300 degrees for 6-8 minutes.

Serve by starting with noodles in bowl, then broth and veggies, then sprinkle with roasted cashews.

Serve with fresh ground pepper.