Maneuvering the middle was founded with a lofty goal:
to provide student-centered lessons, so that teachers can guide each student to success.
- Maybe you teach multiple preps and never have enough planning time to get your lessons organized.
- Maybe you teach an intervention class and struggle to find materials to meet your students need.
- Maybe you are looking for fun and inspiring ideas to liven up your classroom and help students see that they too can be successful in math.
Are you a math teacher who wants to see your students succeed, but is struggling to find the right resources or time to create them? I can relate.
In 2008 I found myself in my second year teaching at a new school with three different preps and no one to plan with. I spent hours scouring the internet for activities and resources that were best suited for my students. I tried the text book only to find that it wasn’t aligned and didn’t provide the real world examples that I hoped my students would grasp. I decided that I had a better understanding of my student needs and dove right in to analyzing the standards. My very first fraction unit was a success. My students felt a sense of pride in their ability to add and subtract fractions. They had found success in math, they had fun, and they gained confidence in their abilities.
It turns out that most teachers feel this way, strapped for time, overloaded with other responsibilities or simply stuck with out of date resources.
maneuvering the middle
By focusing on top-notch and engaging lessons, I am able to take one thing off your to-do list. Allowing you to do what you do best, teach.
I believe that the combination of a teacher who cares and engaging materials can’t be beat in the classroom. Thanks for allowing me to join in on the journey.
Well, hello! I’m Noelle Pickering, a list-making, coffee-loving, wife, mom, follower of Christ, and teacher. I began teaching middle school math in 2006 and have taught sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth grade. These many grade levels are a combination of several family moves and my inability to say no when a principal asked me to take on something new. 🙂 After five years, I transitioned into a support role and led instructional strategy professional developments on campus. I now blog here and work to develop various middle school math resources to support both teachers and students.
Just this summer, my sister, Tyne has joined me on the blog. She is in her fifth year teaching and is a pro! She teaches at a phenomenal school, KIPP Austin, and works to make an impact in a historically underserved population.
Tyne here! I began teaching middle school social studies in 2012. That year I decided math was really what I wanted to teach. Since then, I have dabbled in high school math but found my home in the 6th grade classroom. You can read more of my teaching journey here. When I am not teaching/grading/making copies, I am tackling a DIY house project, playing with my two boxer ‘children,’ or buying a new plant.