## My Favorite Paper Cutting Method

Being a math coach, I’m in a lot of classrooms.  Hands down, my favorite tool as a math coach is the plastic name tent, which I address in an earlier post:  I Never Enter a Classroom Without ‘Em.  I’ll admit, this was a busy week and I was tempted to recycle my name tent post and call it good.  BUT …  something happened today that changed my mind.

I was co-teaching in Mrs. Becker’s 6th grade math class.  We were on day 2 of our Algebra Tile Introduction using a Desmos Activity Builder.  To start, we planned a short recap. Each student needed a half sheet of paper. By the time Mrs. Becker grabbed scissors, I was done cutting the sheets in two. She was in awe!

I had cut the paper using a straight edge. It takes a fraction of the time.  Click here to watch a short video!

Mrs. Becker immediately made me show her my method and then tried it herself. Whenever I cut paper using a straight edge, students and (some) adults are amazed.  I often hear:

• How’d you do that?
• Do that again!
• That was so fast!
• Can I try?

So, for WEEK 2, of the #MTBoS 2016 Blogging Initiative,  I wish to share “my favorite” paper cutting method.  Enjoy and happy “cutting”!  🙂

Instructional Technology Coach. Desmos Fellow. Google Level 1 Certified. SoCal transplant. New Englander at heart. Lover of yoga, dogs, green smoothies and coffee creamer
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### 4 Responses to How’d You Do That?

1. Nat says:

Excellent idea. Thanks for sharing. We used to do this with sandpaper when I was in the wood shop too. It’s the little things! Heading to look at your name tents next.

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2. Great idea. I’ll teach my high school kids how to do this for themselves. We often use half sheets of scrap paper for warm-ups. Thanks for sharing.

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3. Pam Wilson says:

So will any straightedge work – plastic, wood, metal? Great tip – thanks for sharing!

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