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I teach 8th grade math and I am the mother of five amazing children. I teach at a small school and I am the only 8th grade math teacher there. I miss the ability to collaborate with other teachers who are teaching the same material that I am. So, I read a lot of blogs and spend a lot of time on-line looking up ideas. During this quest I found the MTBoS challenge and decided to try it. Challenge number one is to start a blog and here I am.

I currently teach six classes a day. Three are regular 8th grade math. We just started using the Carnegie Learning materials (just the textbook, we couldn’t afford the computer software). The other three are a honors algebra class, a remediation class of eleven students (both 7th and 8th graders), and one small group class of five students. I would love to hear from other teachers who teach from Carnegie Learning materials.

At home I have five children ages 7, 10, 12, 13, and 14. Although I am a middle school teacher and deal with teenagers all the time, I am finding with my own children, the teenage years are sometimes tricky.

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Like you, I’m also the only Math 8 teacher at my school, though we call it Pre-Algebra. I’m afraid I can’t help with the Carnegie Learning materials. Do you teach in Virginia or were you just visiting Williamsburg in your picture?

What materials do you use? We are only piloting Carnegie so I am still on the look out for other materials if we don’t like Carnegie. I live and teach in Connecticut. We were visiting Williamsburg on vacation this summer.

Officially, we have the Prentice-Hall Pre-Algebra books from 2004. While I do check them out to students every year, I never work directly out of them since they’re now out of date for the state curriculum and I was never a fan to begin with. I get most of my resources and ideas online, which isn’t a terribly helpful response.

Hi and welcome to blogging! I am the only 6th and 7th grade math teacher at my school as well! That is why I love the #MTBoS so much! I have three children, and I always tell everyone that teaching is the easiest part of my day. So glad I’m not alone. 🙂

I have been reading your blogs for a while. I get many ideas from you- thank you for sharing!