Scaffolded Math's Favorite Things


Thanks for stopping by! Through my work at TpT I have met some really great math educators who I am happy to now call friends. We got together this holiday season to bring you a blog hop and giveaway of our favorite math things (kind of like Oprah, only more mathy). 

This giveaway is for a $25 TpT gift card and a copy of the amazing book Mathematical Mindsets. Giveaway details below:)


Giveaway closed! Winner notified in comments and via email!

Thank you to all who entered. I hope you have your most restful winter break yet! :)


1: My favorite holiday activity
I love making salt dough ornaments. Squishing the dough is so relaxing - even better than play dough - and the dried ornaments last forever.


Here is a salt dough dog my mom made when I was a little girl. Now it hangs on our Christmas tree. 



And here is a salt dough ornament of our daughter's footprint. The recipe for the dough is simple:

What you need:

2 cups salt (I use sea salt without iodine, but I'm not sure it matters)
4 cups flour
1.5 cups of warm water
water based paint
ribbon

What you do:

Mix together to combine. When the shapes are dry, you can paint them however you'd like. My daughter and I use her washable poster paints.


2: My favorite math activity
This project was one of my favorite projects to do when I taught Algebra because it incorporates so many skills. The project can also easily be adapted to much younger kids.


What you need:
Paper cups (1 per student or small group)
a thumbtack (to pop drainage holes in cup)
A tray to hold the cups
Potting soil
Grass seeds
Graph paper
Rulers

What you do:
Plot the growth of grass seeds over the course of a month. Use the scatter plot to learn about data collection, interpolation, extrapolation, slope, writing linear equations and even piecewise functions. Younger students can focus on the data collection and what it takes to keep a plant alive (older students benefit from this too). You can read more about this project in this post


3: My favorite teacher tool
I am thankful my "Dude, you're an adult and a professional, it's time to start reading again," self talk kept the densely heavy book in my hand and not quickly shoved back into the bookshelf. 


To say this book changed me is an understatement. I hung on every word. It's the best kind of dense. And I want to share it with you.


To enter my giveaway:
For a chance to win a $25 TpT gift card and a copy of the amazing book Mathematical Mindsets:

1) Comment on this post with the title of your favorite book

2) Subscribe* to my blog.


*if you are already subscribed, your comment on this post is your entry:)


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I teach:


(and don't forget to comment on this post:)

I wish you the very happiest of holidays. You are doing an amazing job, especially in our current teaching climate. You are changing kids' lives. This is painfully exhausting (and more rewarding than any other job). You deserve all the rest you get this vacation!

Now it's time to hop over to Math Dyal's blog to enter another giveaway!



Giveaway ends Monday December 18 at 8PM EST when one winner will be chosen randomly!


HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your loved ones!


179 comments:

  1. I have an old Reader's Digest book from Goodwill that was a collection of fairy tales and I absolutely adore that book.

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    1. My daughter has opened me up to the world of fiction and fairy tales. Before she was born, I was all about nonfiction. Fairy tales are so fun. I especially like being able to point to a fairy tale as a way to explain something. Like, “Beast was a beast because he only cared about appearances.” So priceless when raising a kid! Thank you for you lr entry! Best of luck!

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  2. The Number Devil is an awesome cross curricular ELA short novel with fun math concepts!

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  3. Math curse is my favorite math book. I love how it brings out math in the world around us in a fun way.
    My favorite book to read is Redeming Love by Francine Rivers

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  4. I enjoy the Harry Potter series of books.

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    1. My husband loves that series! Can you believe I’ve never read it or watched the movies?? I am almost too embarrassed to admit it! Thank you for your entry!

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  5. My current favorite book is "A Man Called Ove".

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    1. I’ll have to look into this one. After my daughter was born I fell out of reading. I’d love to read and discuss books; it seems like a fun way to spend time. Thank you for entering!

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  6. My favorite book is Shogun. I have to try the salt dough. I never made Christmas ornaments and it sounds really fun.

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    1. It is fun! It’s close to a homemade playdough recipe that calls for a small amount of vegetable oil. Thank you for entering!

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  7. My favorite book is Where the Red Fern Grows

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  8. My favorite book is Where the Red Fern Grows

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    1. Oh wow!! I think I had to read this book in school and it made me so sad! But it is a classic for a reason! Thank you for your entry!

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  9. My favorite book is A Time Travelers wife

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    1. This sounds super interesting! I need to look into it! Thank you for entering!

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    1. A definite classic! Thank you for entering!

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    1. Another classic! Thank you for entering!

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  12. My favorite book is The Shack.

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    1. I’ll have to look into this one. I’ve been looking for book ideas. Thank you for entering!

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  13. Any book or collection of books that are full of references and information.

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    1. Yes! I love these sorts of books and nonfiction in general. Thanks for entering!

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  14. My favorite (math-related) book is probably Paul Lockhart's Measurement; my favorite non-math book is C.S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces.

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    1. The Magician’s Nephew from C.S. Lewis was my favorite book as a kid. I’ll have to look into Measurement. Thanks for entering!

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  15. My favorite book is "You are Special" by Max Lucado, although it is not technically a math-y book, I made a math literature lesson based on this inspiring book!

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    1. Oh I love that! I love any way math can be connected back to inspiring things. Math is so psychological. When kids believe in themselves they do better. Thank you for your comment and entering the giveaway!

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  16. My favorite book is "Grace Not Perfection" by Emily Ley! As a working new mom, it has brought so much comfort to my life and reminded me that I don't have to hold myself to a standard of perfection, but to rather slow down and see the grace in my everyday life :)

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    1. Being a working parent is SO HARD. I’ve given this a lot of thought. It’s so hard because we’re really the first generation where mothers are overwhelmingly expected to work, and with that everything is priced for 2+ household incomes. It’s really, really hard. I will look into this book because the guilt of not doing my best is often crushing. Thank you so much for your comment and entry. Best of luck in all you do! And... you are enough (and awesome!)!

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  17. My favorite book is American Gods, my favorite math book is the History of 0.

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    1. I love telling students that some number systems have no 0! I mean, it makes sense but is also so weird! Thank you for your entry!

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  18. There's so many great books to choose! I just read "The Honest Truth," by Dan Gemeinhart with my kids and it was great.

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    1. I want to get to a place where I feel like you— that there are so many good books. I really fell out of reading but want to get back! Thank you for entering!

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    1. My husband is a huge fan! Thank you for entering!

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  20. Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

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    1. I’ll have to look into this one. Thank you! Thank you for entering!

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  21. My favourite book to read with students is Wonder or Breadwinner, my favourite professional resource is Teach Like A Pirate,great ideas!

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    1. I know it’s bad to judge a book by its cover, but Teach Like a Pirate sounds great! Thank you for entering!

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  22. My favorite "work book" is "Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day ...No Matter What" by Angela Watson. A must read to help start the second semester off right!!

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    1. I’ll have to look into Angela’s book. She’s pretty inspiring! Thank you for entering!

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  23. One of my all time favorites is The Things They Carried

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  24. You will see it when you believe it (Wayne Dyer)

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    1. This title makes me want to run out and buy this book right now! Thank you! And thank you for entering!

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  25. My favorite book is Pay It Forward.

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    1. I’d like to read this book. Thank you for your comment and entering the giveaway!

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  26. It's hard to choose just one book. My Side of the Mountain and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler are great books.

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    1. I’m getting so many great book ideas from this. Thank you! I hope you have a happy holiday and thank you for entering!

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  27. My favorite "teacher" book is Teach like a Pirate. My other favorite book is the Game of Thrones series.

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    1. Another person mentioned Teach Like a Pirate. Now I really want to check it out! Thank you for entering!

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  28. I love The Math Curse for my classes and Living with Intensity is my latest great Professional read.

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    1. I'll have to check this out! This blog hop has been so great for getting new book ideas. Thank you! And thank you also for entering!

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  29. I love the Sir Cumference books for my classes.

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    1. HA! My husband used to teach elementary school (he teaches high school now) and would dress up as Sir Cumference for Pi Day! Thank you so much for entering! I hope you have a greeat weekend and holiday break!

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  30. Well, I don't really have a favorite book. I'm not much of a reader unless it's factual things/events. I actually love reading studies and medical journals lol

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    1. We’d get along. I much prefer nonfiction, though I was thinking of branching out. I love ancient history stuff, especially if it neighbors on speculation. Thanks for entering!

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  31. My favorite fictional book is A Wrinkle in Time (no, I'm not going to the movie.) My favorite professional book is anything Ruby Payne wrote.

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    1. I remember LOVING Wrinkle in Time when I was a kid. Maybe I'll pick it up again. Thank you so much for your comment and entering the giveaway! I hope you have a great holiday!

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  32. I'm obsessed with the Outlander books. Thank you for doing this giveaway!

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    1. Thank you for entering, Erin! I hope you have a great and super relaxing holiday break!

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  33. My favorite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany

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    1. I've never heard of this book! So many books to check out on this list. Thank you so much for the suggestion and for entering!

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  34. I like Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Happy Holidays!

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  35. I read so many books, I don't have a favorite, but "Math on Trial" is a book about how numbers get used and abused in the courtroom.

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    1. Oh WOW! I believe it! I shared something on Facebook the other day about the way the original Star Wars was produced. In there the captions read, "And George took a 300% pay cut". People pointed out that this is impossible and that it really cast a shadow on the validity of the whole story. I need to check out this book! Thank you for sharing and for entering the giveaway!

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  36. My favorite book since I was 12 is Gone With the Wind. Merry Christmas.

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    1. A classic! Thank you for entering. Merry Christmas!

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  37. My favorite book is "If Tomorrow Comes" by Sidney Sheldon! My favorite series is "The False Prince"

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    1. Thank you for these suggestions! I'm getting so many great book ideas from the comments. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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  38. Any book by Sarah Dessen or the series by Stephanie Perkins - Anna and the Fresh Kiss - are my favorite!

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    1. Thank you for the book ideas! I love it when there is an author who you can count on to write good books. Long ago I used to be into Clive Cussler action books! They were all great! Thank you so much for entering!

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  39. Outlander series!! Was a fan way before it was a television series. Love Harry Potter too!

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    1. My husband is a big Harry Potter fan! I saw a Facebook friend post a photo from the Harry Potter theme park and it looked awesome! I hope you have a great weekend and holiday and thank you so much for entering!

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  40. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster...and some Barnes & Noble stores are selling signed copies this year. Needless to say, this is on my list for Santa!

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    1. I have wanted to read Phantom Tollbooth. Maybe I will ask Santa for it! Thank you so much for entering! I hope Santa brings you that signed copy!

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  41. I like reading books by Beth Moore. My favorite is "A Heart Like His" about King David.

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    1. This sounds like a book that would make a perfect Christmas gift. Thank you so much for the suggestion. I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

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  42. My favorite book is "Anne of Green Gables." I really want to read Jo Boaler's book!

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    1. Anne of Green Gables is the best!!!! Though, I have to say, it was hard for me to watch the new series. I much prefer the books and the old series! I hope you have a very happy holiday! Thank you so much for entering!

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  43. My favorite series is the Harry Potter books...I also really enjoy reading Rick Riordian's series as well.

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    1. I live with a big Harry Potter fan (husband). Time will tell if it will rub off on our daughter! Thank you so much for entering! I hope you have a very happy holiday!

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  44. My favorite is Gone With the Wind. But, I see several others I would like to read. Time for me to get back to reading !

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    1. YES! I love this list and I am so happy you are getting book ideas from it too! So exciting! I hope you have a very happy holiday! Thank you so much for entering!

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  45. My favorite book is Where the Wild Things Are. Love re-reading it with my children and now my grandson.

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    1. I love reading this one to my daughter! Children's books are something I never expected to be a growing expert on, but my daughter loves books so we read to her so much. If you ever need kid book suggestions, I am happy to help out! We borrowed 17 books from the library yesterday-- a house record! Thank you so much for entering the giveaway. I hope you have a very happy holiday!

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  46. Favorite book: A Prayer for Owen Meany

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    1. You are the second person to recommend this book... I need to check it out. Thank you so much for entering. I hope you have a very happy and relaxing holiday!

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  47. Judy Blume books are some of my favorite!

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    1. Oh yes, Judy Blume! Did you see that she is doing a masterclass online writing class? I though that was pretty cool. Thank you so much for entering! I hope you have a happy holiday season.

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  48. Laura Boisacq: I actually have a favorite series. It's the Xanth series from Piers Anthony. I also loved the Elric of Melnibone' series by Michael Moorcock.

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    1. I'll have to look into these! Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Thanks so much for entering!

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  49. Hard to pick a favorite, but currently read A Number Talks book to really improve this practice in my class.

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    1. I tried Number Talks last year with my seniors and I saw the improvement in their number sense (we worked with taking percents of numbers), their ability to articulate their thinking and their confidence. They are amazing. Thank you so much for entering. I hope you have a great break!

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  50. My favorite book is Small Wonders by Barbara Kingsolver.

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    1. I'll have to check this one out. Thank you! so many good suggestions on this list, so many I have never heard of. I hope you have a wonderful holiday break. Thank you so much for entering!

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  51. Favorite Book: An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser.

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    1. I looked it up. A crime drama! I will look into this one! Thank you! I hope you have a great holiday break and thank you for entering the giveaway!

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  52. Oh the places you'll go by Dr Seuss

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  53. My favorite book is Tuck Everlasting!

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    1. I'll have to check it out! Thank you for entering the giveaway! I hope you have a super restful break!

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  54. I have such a hard time picking a favorite. I don't have that much time to read and I prefer non-fiction. Books that I've read recently that I liked are The 5 Love Languages and The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I also want to reread You Are Your Child's First Teacher. I thought it was a great parenting book.

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  55. My favorite... hm... I seem to read a lot of self help books... lol... what does that mean? But my favorite so far? The Road Less Traveled

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  56. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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  57. I have many favorites for pleasure reading. A current favorite pertaining to math is Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking.

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  58. Mathematical Mindsets was my book to read this year as well. Excellent! I think from reviews I will choose Teach Like a Pirate for this year's book. BTW, this is my 37th year teaching, and I pick a book or subject each year to read, highlight, and work on. When I can't find an area I want to improve, it will be time to retire! :)

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    1. If you ever want to guest blog for me, I would be honored. shana @scaffoldedmath.com. 37 years-- you are a champion. I think others could benefit from your advice on ways to not burn out. I'm home this year on a leave of absence, mainly because our daughter's school schedule wouldn't align with my husband and my teaching schedule, but also because I got really burnt out last year and needed a break. I'd love for you to share your tips. Thank you so much for entering the giveaway and I hope you have a wonderful winter break!

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  59. I have so many books I enjoy! Right now I am re-reading Wonder because we are taking our entire middle school to see the movie next week! I love anything by Kirsten Heitzmann as well.

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    1. That is so fun!! What an amazing field trip. I remember going to a movie field trip in high school and thought it was so great. Thank you so much for entering. I hope you have a super relaxing holiday break!

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  60. I have so many favorite books it is so hard to choose. I have the Jo Boaler's book and have it on my to do list for the Christmas break.

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    1. It's so great. A friend read it in a couple days, which blows my mind. It took me a couple months, though I always read at night when I'm tired and mark everything with sticky tabs. On my to-do list is her online class on YouCubed. I think it would be really cool to see the book in action. Thank you so much for your entry. I hope you have a wonderful winter break!

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  61. My favorite book of all time is Anne of Green Gables.

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    1. Yes!! I have read so many of those books! Too good to put down. Thank you for entering! I hope you have a very happy holiday!

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  62. My teacher life changing favorite book is Sahara Special. :)

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    1. That's how I felt about Mathematical Mindsets. It's amazing how that can happen. I will need to check out this book. Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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  63. Pride and Prejudice. Love this book.

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    1. A classic book! Thank you so much for entering, Inna! I hope you have a very happy holiday!

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  64. Thank You for This Post! I really enjoyed it. My favorite book is anything Harry Potter.

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    1. I am also enjoying all the book suggestions. So many to choose from! I hope you have a wonderful holiday. My husband loves Harry Potter! Time will tell if our daughter also does.

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  65. I work with high school math intervention students. They have frequently heard me say that I really like math but they are always shocked when reading comes up and they discover that I also really like reading books - how can I say that about two of their least favorite things?! I like youth fiction - they are often great stories without all the "adult" content. I plow through entire series on the weekends sometimes and have read so many that it is is nearly impossible to name one favorite, so I will just pick from my most recent reading binges and say "The Ranger's Apprentice" series.

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    1. I love this! Kids think that all of their subjects are so disjointed, like their ELA teacher couldn't possibly like math and their math teacher couldn't possibly love to read. I love that you show then otherwise. I hope you have a very happy holiday and thank you so much for entering!

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  66. My favorite book is the Bible, but my favorite book on algebra is one from 2010 called Algebra Unplugged! I like it because it tries to present algebra in a light, humorous way for those who have a fear of math, and it does so in part by treating algebra as a game.

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    1. I will need to check this out! Anything that lightens math is so important. It's not a scary subject, it's fun! Thank you so much for entering. I hope you have a very joyous Christmas.

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  67. Mathematical Mindsets is definitely my favorite math book. So life changing!! I can't decide what my favorite book is, but my favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, John Connelly, Jasper Fforde, and Patrick Dewitt

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    1. It is so life changing! It's even easy to apply it to everyday life,like when trying something new and faltering. Whereas I used to doubt myself, now I take a mental step back and can appreciate the struggle for what it is - true growth. If I don't give up, I will get better. This is just so amazing to think about! Thank you so much for entering. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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  68. Mr. Popper's Penguins is my favorite book.

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    1. This book sounds fun, though I shouldn't judge a book by its cover (or title). Thank you so much for entering. I hope you have a very happy holiday!

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  69. So many books, so many favorites. I love to read "Where the Red Fern Grows" to my students. For me, "The Last Lecture."

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    1. I will have to check out The Last Lecture. Thank you for the suggestion. And thank you also for entering! I hope you have a very happy holiday season.

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  70. Wonder is my favorite book!

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    1. This is a great book! I've only read the version for young kids but plan to read the one for young adults. Thank you for entering!

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  71. Still love the first book that made me cry as I read it in 4th grade "Where The Red Fern Grows" Cried as I read it aloud to my classes years ago when I taught elementary. New book that made me cry recently "Wonder". <3

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    1. So many teachers have pointed to Where the Red Fern Grows here! It has been many, many years since I have read it. Thank you so much for your comment and entering the giveaway. I hope you have a very happy holiday!

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    1. This title reminds me of "jumbo shrimp"! :) I will have to check this one out. Thank you so much for the suggestion! I'm excited for all the reading I'll be doing and I hope other teachers can use this list as well. I also hope you have a super restful vacation!

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  73. i like Nancy Drew mysteries.
    Michelle Miller

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    1. I LOVE mysteries! So so so good. Thank you for entering, Michelle! I hope you have a restful vacation!

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  74. Ron Clark's 55 rules book!

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    1. Oooooo, I will need to look into this one! Thank you for the suggestion! Thank you for entering and I hope you have a happy holiday!

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  75. I am loving the grass activity. Thank you for sharing the journey. My favorite book currently is 5 years to freedom. It is a POW book about my coworkers Dad.

    Kimberly Inman

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    1. Thank you Kimberly! I took a few days to write the last day's update... but it's up now. I wonder if subconsciously I just didn't want it to end. WOW! A book about your coworker's Dad! That is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you have a very happy holiday!

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  76. I just started reading Fish In A Tree and I love it!!

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    1. Fish in a Tree! I think this and Teach Like a Pirate may be my next 2 books. I LOVE anything that promotes the idea that it is important and WONDERFUL that we are all different. I kind of want to run out and get this one right now. Thank you so much for entering, Amanda. I hope you have a super restful vacation!

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  77. I don't think I could choose a favorite book now, but in middle and high school my favorite book(s) was the Dragonlance Chronicles.

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    1. This sounded a lot like something my husband would be into, so I asked him. He loved these as a teenager too! NOw he plays Warhammer 40K and reads books related to the game. Thank you so much for sharing and for entering the giveaway! I hope you have a very happy holiday!

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  78. My favortie book is Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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    1. Thank you for entering Danielle! I hope you have a very restful vacation!

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    2. Danielle, YOU ARE THE WINNER!!! Please look out for a confirmation email from me tonight!

      CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  80. The First Days of School by Harry Wong

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    1. My husband and I have 3 of these books! Thank you for entering, Carolyn! I hope you have a great vacation!

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  81. I love the Harry Potter series of books.

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    1. My husband is a giant fan. I hear Harry Potter World is amazing! Thank you for entering, LynnIvy!

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  82. The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe

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    1. I loved this series as a kid! Thank you for entering, Bekki!

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  83. My favorite books are the Harry Potter series and My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

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    1. Thank you for entering Deanne! I hope you have a vacation full of rest!

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  84. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

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    1. I'll have to check this one out, April. Thank you for entering! I hope you have a great holiday break!

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  85. I have a million favorite books, but I'll go with Pride and Prejudice!

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    1. A classic! Thank you for entering, Megan! I hope you have a very restful vacation!

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  86. Robert GlassnerDecember 17, 2017

    "An Ethic of Excellence" by Ron Berger is my absolute favorite education book (not just about math). (Trying to ) instill these values in my students means so much more for their future than any standard. I HIGHLY suggest reading it multiple times!

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  87. Anything written by Liane Moriarty can be considered my favorite book! I've read "The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies, What Alice Forgot and Three Wishes" and I couldn't put any of them down. They are all so entertaining!

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    1. Someone else suggested Big Little Lies! I think I will check it out. Thank you! I hope you have a happy vacation!

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  88. My favorite novel is a Separate Peace by John Knowles.

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  89. One of my favorite books has to be Of Mice & Men !! :)

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    1. A classic! Thank you for entering, Kat! I hope you have a very merry holiday!

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    1. Thank you for entering, Mrs. Florey! I hope you get all the rest you can get this vacation!

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  91. I love to read Outlander and that time of book. I also love Jo Boaler!

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    1. Thank you for entering, Lynda! Jo Boaler is so inspiring! She really makes me feel like I can learn and get good at anything. I hope you have a wonderful holiday break!

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  92. To Kill a Mockingbird has always been one of my favorites!

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    1. I like when the classics are mentioned. I mean, there's a reason they are classics, right?? :) Thank you for entering, Katie! I hope you have a very happy holiday!

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  93. The entire Outlander series! It's the only fiction I've ever read twice!

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    1. OOooo, this makes me feel like they must be really good! I have only read a couple books more than once. Thank you for entering, D! I hope you have a very happy holiday!

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