My name is Mickie Gibbs, and I have been teaching eighth grade math at Arab (pronounced A-rab, long "A") Junior High School in Arab, Alabama for 13 years. I began my teaching career at Arab High School in 1993, teaching algebra and geometry. In 1999 I chose to stay home with my then-one-year-old son, while still teaching part-time for Snead Community College. In the five years I was home I had my daughter. I unexpectedly returned to teaching in 1994, and now I can't imagine doing anything else. I teach inclusion Pre-Algebra, Pre-AP Algebra 1, and I coach the Algebra Team and sponsor the AJHS Junior Beta Club. The original purpose of this blog was to allow for reflection as I embarked upon the journey of "flipping" my Algebra 1 classes. More things changed for my teaching and classroom than I could have ever imagined. I now flip in my Pre-Algebra classes, have moved to more of an in-class flip, and am experimenting with self-pacing for my students. I can't wait to see what's next!