Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Valentine's Day Math Freebie



Free? Valentine's Day? Movable hearts for subtracting? Yes. In Boom Cards™ Subtract Movable Heart with Tens Frames, learners answer 15 basic subtraction math questions using movable hearts. After setting up the problem to solve, students select their answer from multiple choice. Boom Cards™ Add with Hearts and Tens Frames can be used as a math center station and for your students to practice their basic math skills.

Boom Cards™ are compatible with Google Classroom™ .

Assign Boom Cards with Google Classroom™.

Boom Learning is an Academics' Choice Awards™ Smart Media award winner.

To use Boom Cards, you must be connected to the Internet. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge). Apps are available for Android, iPads, iPhones, and Kindle Fires.

For security and privacy, adults must have a Boom Learning account to use and assign Boom Cards. You will be able to assign the Boom Cards you are buying with "Fast Pins," (play provides instant feedback for self-grading Boom Cards).

Fast Play is always a free way for students to engage with Boom Cards decks. For additional assignment options you'll need a premium account. If you are new to Boom Learning, you will be offered a free trial of our premium account. Read here for details: http://bit.ly/BoomTrial.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Math in Our Lives by Vijay Babu



                                               About  Vijay Babu

   I am a math teacher and an entrepreneur who is very much interested in delivering highly informative and interactive educational resources for fellow teachers which helps them to deliver lectures to their students in the best possible way. I am very much interested in making education affordable for the children. I would probably start my educational technology company soon to give students the best educational content at a very affordable cost. I wish all teachers the best of luck in their journey of life as a person and also as an instructor.

                                           Math in Our Lives

I want to discuss the importance of maths in our daily life. Math is very important in any person's life. Everywhere around you is math, from your childhood primary school where you sit in a class solving different problems from adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing numbers, to solving complex problems in calculus as a graduate student.

Without knowing math you can't live your life in a financially organized manner. It is important for any person to organize a household budget in order to increase financial strength. If you don't know the four fundamental operations in math, controlling expenses and increasing a savings would be a hardship. So, it is very important for all to apply math in some form or fashion.

These higher math applications of math are important as well. If you see a popular sport such as cricket, then the trajectory of the shot a batsmen plays is determined by a parabolic, which is a quadratic equation. The shape of Earth, which is spherical, can be detemined by the radius of curvature. There are numerous applications of math.

Even though math is an important skill, many people are afraid to learn it thinking that it is too difficult for them. This attitude towards math is absolutely wrong and students shouldn't have to struggle. Learning math can be simple when students are taught concepts in a very easy, understandable manner. So, math is very easy when the teacher teaches you in the best possible way.

In my math class, my students feel the that math lessons are understandable, and not so difficult after all. So I have thought, why shouldn't I give the same content to students all over the world? I am now sharing my own resources which I use in my class to help other teachers. So, I have started my own Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

One can find all different educational resources related to Math for grades 6-12. I always try my best to give the best possible content.

Try these math products. Please let me know how you like them.

Vijay Babu
Vijay's Maths Academy 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020


FREE Christmas multiplication practice! Boom Cards Free Multiplication Practice are a Christmas themed math skills product with stockings, wrapped presents and wreaths. This free resource can be used as a math center station and for your students to practice their basic multiplication math skills for numerals zero and one in a distance learning environment.

Boom Cards™ are compatible with Google Classroom™ .

Assign Boom Cards with Google Classroom™.

Boom Learning is an Academics' Choice Awards™ Smart Media award winner.

To use Boom Cards, you must be connected to the Internet. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge). Apps are available for Android, iPads, iPhones, and Kindle Fires.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020


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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Halloween Flash Freebie From Now Until?

                   Halloween Flash Freebie from now until?

Flash Freebie! 

Meet us at the Boney Fingers Salon! In Halloween Fact or Opinion, learners review fact and opinion concepts with little to no prep.These 30 fun task cards can be used as

  • a class game
  • in cooperative groups
  • an ELA center
  • an intervention
  • an early finisher assignment
  • extra credit

Halloween Fact or Opinion includes...

  • 30 task cards
  • teaching tips
  • key
  • a cat themed worksheet exercise
  • awards cards
  • student recording sheet

Your feedback is very much appreciated. Thank you.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Do's and Don'ts of Distance Learning and the Components of Teaching


   For those that are new to Distance Learning, it's important to know what is expected. 

 A clear picture clarifies the work tasks, and makes the teaching and learning process much easier. In order to do this, an instructor must first implement the essential components of learning that they use in daily face-to-face instruction. 

This seems as simple common sense, but some of us have been tossed into a Distance Learning instruction world with little or no time to spare. It can take years of training and study to become proficient in this form of teaching.

So, why are the components of learning important to Distance Learning? 

The components of learning are commonly accepted methods of teaching. It is important to abide by them as there is less confusion. The subject matter is made easier for students to understand, thus a better instruction level is achieved.

What should teachers be addressing first in a Distance Learning class? 

The first thing that teachers should be doing is an assessment of what the student knows now in the specific subject matter. This can be done in many formats such as a general test, a mini pretest, an essay format, or asking verbal questions in online meetings using websites such as Zoom or gotomeetingThe teacher can then plan activities better for all of the students. If a student needs extra support in a certain area, then the child's needs can be addressed with additional activities or help and support from an assistant.

What's Next?

The very next thing that teachers should be explaining is how student grades will be calculated.

Create a rubric or syllabus for the semester and explain what is expected. This can be done in a brief 10 to 15 minute teacher video presentation.

Simply start instruction.

Introduction to Class

Have introductory activities that engage students. For example, if beginning a class in algebra, why not begin with learning about some math pioneers such as Diophantus of Alexandria, Aryabhata and Joseph Fourier.

Background Knowledge and Review

The next task is to level the playing field of learning. Some students may have more knowledge than others in a particular subject, as most learners remember the subjects that they enjoy or do well in. But, a good lesson plan helps all learners. Giving supplemental background knowledge of the subject leads to better understanding of the content.


Engage students in a brief formal review or fundamental steps needed for the content to be studied. 

 For example, it's high school and most of your 9th grade students did not fare too well on the grammar portion of the assessment. They've explained that grammar was not taught since elementary school. Give review mini lessons of the 8 parts of speech and later host a grammar game in online conferencing.


   Simply start instruction.

Activities to Build Knowledge

Teachers relay the content matter in various forms such as lectures, pages to read, videos or PowerPoints to watch, read-a-longs, sing-alongs, worksheets to fill in, Venn diagrams and web-quests.


Invite students to ask questions, parlay or debate in an online conferencing format.


Give assignments for students to read excessive pages and give vague instructions. 

   For example, "Read the first 50 pages of Treasure Island and take notes."

Student Practice

Before any evaluation is done on what the student knows, give an opportunity for students to show what they have learned.


Give feedback. Students can then improve upon the subject at a hand, rework the problem or study the needed terminology.


Give grades to student practice work, but rather give completion credits.


 Ask students to take snapshots of their work. The writing will almost always be fuzzy and unreadable. Instead use documents for students to fill in and send back in an email.



Give feedback and allow for questions. Give study guides on the topic of everything that will be covered on the quiz or test.


Start a new topic or discuss a new way to solve.


Formal Assessment

At this point, after students have practiced and studied the tasks, a graded quiz can be given. As in school or face to face learning, this can be done in a variety of formats such as student PowerPoints, projects, traditional tests, student videos, worksheet fill-ins and video conferencing.


 Give your students feedback. Students can then improve upon the subject at hand for the final test.


Simply end instruction.

Cumulative Assessment

A cumulative assessment is a test on the work done during the semester. 


Remember to give a review several days before this test to prepare students in their quest of achievement. Go over the cumulative test after they are graded for even more student feedback. 


Ask straight forward questions on your exams. Any questions poised that are very vague or rarely discussed often confuses students.

Distance Learning has been a university degree for at least the past twenty-five years. Students have been learning in this format for even hundred of years through the mail system. But, it takes training and study to become successful in this form of teaching.


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Please Welcome Thomas Durwood an Award Winning Teacher



                                        About Mr. Thomas Durwood

   I most recently taught English Composition, World Literature, Business Writing and Public Speaking at Valley Forge Military College, where I was named Teacher of the Year five times. My cadets were perpetually tired from their military duties, so there was huge premium on classroom engagement. From this challenge sprang the attention-getting lesson plans in "Kid Lit." I was usually able to connect these building-block assignments to larger ideas and to critical thinking on a number of topics which the cadets found useful. I am also a children's author and father who loves thoughtful discussions with my kids!

                                 A Pathway to Critical Thinking

   Looking for topics to talk about with your kids? I promise that your kids have lots to say about the stories they have seen and heard. Kids have seen hundreds of versions of the coming-of-age story. They are well-versed in its conventions, and will surprise you with detailed and passionate opinions about everything from the powers of characters, to key roles and parenting. 

                                      Basic Rules of Literary Criticism 

    If learners can understand the basic components of their favorite children’s stories, this worthy skill can lead to a lifetime of critical thinking. Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism shows young readers and general readers alike how to recognize class, gender, story structure, Orientalism and trauma in children’s narratives. 

                                           Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism  

 The Kid Lit text offers techniques of new scholarship in children’s literature. Kid Lit includes 28 pages of lesson plans to help teachers leverage this idea-rich material into productive classroom sessions.

Readers will discover:

  • what story points have in common
  • a breakdown of Afrofuturism 
  • different villain categories
  • recurring literary characters such as the failed adult, savage conquest, and dream manic girl
  • what scholars of the family consider important
  • vital connection between movies and war  
  • social Darwinian structure supporting children's films  
  • similar story lines and movies


                                         How to Use “Kid Lit”

   “Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism” is meant to be a practical guide to literature, as practiced in a classroom for a fifteen-minute in-class writing exercise comparing sidekicks and common story points.

   Teachers can use the ideas in “Kid Lit” as an introduction to the world of critical thinking, using the stories the students already know so well. I hope you enjoy these lessons!    



                                          Thomas Durwood

Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism


Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism Lesson Plans



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