Shout-Outs, Soft Skills, and Some Virtual Manipulatives

This week has been a blur already, and it’s only Wednesday!  

In addition to beginning my summer work for LearnZillion (which is going to be REALLY exciting when it’s finished!), I have been working on a few mini-projects.


I am taking a Go Slow Workshop with THE Alice Keeler on Google Classroom.  If you’re not familiar, this is a virtual online professional development workshop that you can take at your own pace at home, much like you would an online class.  The only difference is it’s much cheaper and most of it is optional, she just gives you tips on ways to use the Google Suite in your classroom and you try out the ideas.

One of our latest assignments was to create an ongoing assignment for your students, such as a math journal.  She ended up liking a few of my ideas, and asked if she could blog about it!  Here is the link!  I was so excited my humble compilation from various books, websites, and a couple from my brain made it to her blog!  If you are a teacher and you don’t know of Alice Keeler, go find her on Twitter and her blog, she has lots of AMAZING ideas about all things Google for Education.

Soft Skills

A few of us were talking today about assessing “soft skills” such as teamwork, communication, responsibility, etc. in addition to our normal content standards.  We are new to this, so we are just brainstorming right now, but here is what are thinking so far:


  • Pick some soft skills we feel are important
  • Create a Google Form (here is my first attempt)  to make it easy to rate all of our students quickly and give comments (Exceeds Expectations, Meets Expectations, Needs Improvement).
  • Use a mail merge add-on and use it to generate a document that could be printed at the end of the semester and mailed out with their report cards.

Do any of you work at a school that already does this?  Any tips to making this process easier?

Some Virtual Manipulatives

I was thinking it would be nice if students had a “bank” of virtual manipulatives in their Google Drive that we could access any time of the year.  Students could use them at any time, copy and paste their work into whatever doc/slide they were working on, and then reset the drawing and starting again.  They could also paste into a shared doc/slide and check each other’s work!  Here are some screenshots of the manipulatives I came up with, the link to the Google Drawings are below if you want to make a copy for yourself!

Links to Google Drawings (Use File -> Make a Copy if you want to steal these!):  Transformations, Protractor, Ruler, ClothesLineMath, NumberLine, AlgebraTiles

Are there any other virtual manipulatives that you would like to see?  Comment below!


Author: achilders

Hello, my name is Alison Childers, and the first thing you should know about me is I am a nerd. Like a really big nerd. If you keep that in mind, the rest of this description is just icing on the cake. I am a fifth year 9-12 math teacher in the small town of Carmi, Illinois. I teach Algebra 1 and Pre-Calculus, and spend most of my evenings trying to find new ways to keep students excited to be in math class. I am interested in finding activities/projects that push students' math knowledge, while also working on their collaboration, computer, and real-world problem solving skills. I also coach our math team and color guard. This year is a big year for us, as we are going 1:1 chromebooks. I am undaunted by integrating technology, but having them at our fingertips every hour of every day this year means I want to find ways to streamline workflow and use the technology to its fullest potential. The purpose of this blog will be to detail our journey into all of these exciting areas, and I can't wait to get started on all of it! Hopefully at the end of each school year, I will be the best version of myself so far!

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