Are you Nerdy? Linky Party

Do you remember doing Mad Libs when you were younger? I sure do and I loved them!

My good friends Mel and Gerdy over at Getting Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy have started a new weekly linky party that I am so happy to have joined in on and I hope you will too.


So without further ado….


Well, that really is a day for me. Waking up at 42 is about right because I never wake up at the same time anymore and I love that! Everyday I start with my beloved Keurig making me a new cup of coffee (or two). Yoga pants (or pajama pants) are my typical wardrobe and if I must get out I am out and about in our mini van. Hey, I may not have children but that thing holds a TON!

Starbucks is a regular occurrence although they really need to get some coconut milk or almond milk in the store instead of just soy. I might just start driving to Dunkin Donuts for my latte’s instead.

And of course, who isn’t perusing Facebook when they are sitting at their desk! Shh, we can keep it our secret!

Who is Math Dad?

Over the past few months you may have seen a new image finding it’s way on some of my products. If you thought was just another Melondheadz you wouldn’t be completely wrong. As of this summer my father has started to work for me here at 4mulaFun. Not only is he a great dad but he is also a wonderful math teacher (I might be biased).


MathDad has been teaching since I was a Freshman in high school (1995 to be exact). He actually did his observation hours in my Eighth Grade Algebra class back in 1994. It was kind of nice getting to go home with him at the end of the day since my Algebra class was 6th period and I had some random class after that. As you can probably guess teaching wasn’t his first profession but he has always been a numbers man. He came from a background of working in finance at a few different corporations for the first 17 years after college before deciding to make the change to the classroom.


After MathDad was teaching for awhile he went back to achieve his Master’s Degree in Mathematics. I’m thinking the advanced degrees run in the family just as much as the love of numbers do because my sister (in the picture above) and I both have our Master’s Degrees as well (Library Science and Curriculum and Instruction respectively).

Over the past 19 years, MathDad has taught everything from Pre-Algebra to Calculus in the middle school and high school settings. He is now also adding college professor to his resume as he teaches math to adults in an accelerated program and loves it.

MathDad is here to stay at 4mulaFun as he helps develop materials for Algebra through Calculus. He told me this past week that after he finishes the Algebra Interactive Notebook, Pre-Calculus is next!

Feel free to email MathDad with any of your Secondary Math requests, comments, etc.


What I’m Working On: November 23rd-29th

Another week has come along and there are more goals that I plan to work on this week. Now, because it is a HOLIDAY here in the US this week, I do plan on taking some time away from the computer to spend with my family. Do you get the entire week off of school or only part of it? What are you MOST looking forward to this week?


What I’m Working On: November 16th -22nd

Can’t believe that it has been so long since I’ve blogged. I guess being gone for a WEEK on the trip too and from Ohio really did take it out of me. I will definitely be blogging about that this week!

This week brings about the last conference of 2014 for me to attend and exhibit. This one is a bit out of my subject area but I am sure it will be a blast! Heck, I even get to spend some time with some great TpT buddies like The Science Penguin, Bond with James and Teaching in the Fast Lane!


Why are Non-Examples Important in Education?

Why are Non-Examples Important?

Every year when I begin using Frayer Models for vocabulary I have to teach what non-examples are to my students. Students are used to working in a world of creating examples and rationales behind their learning but not defining what their learning isn’t.

What is a Non-Example?

A Non-Example is simply helps define a new term in it’s entirety using the characteristics that are given and determine what the term is not.

Let’s take the word proportional…

Proportion Frayer Model

Based on the definition and characteristics given by my students it is very easy to see that to create something that is proportional both sides must be equivalent. As you can see in creating a non-example the students created a proportion that did not become equal when cross-multiplied.

Starting lessons with examples and non-examples helps to build a foundation and clear up concepts before you get too deep into the learning. When students don’t start with a foundation of what a term or concept is they can continue to focus on that term and miss out on other key material. For my teaching this was a critical comprehension step for many of my students.

While speaking with some other teachers about using Non-Examples in their classrooms I received some great opinions.


As you can see from these teachers, as well as my experiences, using non-examples is something that we need to do in our classrooms. Non-examples don’t always have to be done in the form of a vocabulary definition. Another way to use them is through a concept sort or Venn diagram. What is one thing? What is another thing? Why is it that way? Get students talking about why they think something can be classified in one area and why not in another.

Function Sort
Non-Function Sort

How do you use non-examples in your classroom? Do you struggle with student’s understanding of what something isn’t? Let’s discuss in the comments.

And, if you are looking for further ways to use Examples and Non-Examples in your classroom, check out the Examples and Non-Examples post over at It’s Academic Tutoring Center’s blog as they give some great insight on how using these techniques can help the foundations of learning.

Math Teachers Making Life Easier!


This summer, ten teachers from Teachers Pay Teachers joined together to compile an EXCLUSIVE bundle of math resources for 3rd through 9th Grade Math. The value of all these resources is over $125, and you can grab it for only $25 – 80% off! There is a very limited quantity – once we’re sold out, they’re gone forever! Grab your copy here at

I have a total of FOUR things in this bundle that will definitely help you in your classroom.

The first of these is my Mean, Median, Mode and Range Flippable. This is great for many different levels and also allows you to have a data set created by your class in the center.

Mean Median Mode Range Flippable

My Building Blocks of Geometry Flippable is great for reviewing vocabulary to identify and describe geometric figures. I used this in my 7th grade class to review prior vocabulary but also provide a resource for my students to review.

Building Blocks of Geometry Flippable

Problem Solving with the Halflings has been one of my favorite creations to date! These task cards review skills for all operations involving decimals and fractions! Perfect for a review and assessment in your classroom!


And my last creation on the CD is one that I created for a teacher friend who told me what her daughter was struggling with. This Metric Conversions Flippable allows students to create a number using the number cards and then convert the number to another version by simply moving the number cards. Being very tactile allows for students to manipulate and learn at the same time.


The sheer value of my materials is $12.50 which is already half the price of the CD and you still have 9 other teachers to grab some great materials from!

Find out more about the participating teachers and their products at and hop along this link party.


What I’m Working On: September 22-26

As I sit here in a cute cafe in Arizona I’m al ready thinking of the many things that I need to get done this week. I’m going to focus on attainable goals and with that there are only 3!

What I'm Working On

These are totally attainable this week even though I don’t get back to town until midday tomorrow. I hope you are having a fabulous weekend and will have a grand week as we slide into fall!

P.S. Don’t forget to to enter the giveaway for the FIVE $5 Starbucks gift cards. Giveaway ends on Thursday.

P.P.S. You might want to make sure you are following me on Facebook, Instagram, etc. because some friends of mine and I have something super special coming this Thursday that you WON’T want to miss!