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Looking for novel way to get your middle school students excited about math and statistics?!
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This plan includes a 30-slide PowerPoint, student table and answer key, video, and instructions. I have had lots of success teaching and reviewin...

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This is a fun, interactive way to review State Testing Objectives. Not only do students get to move around, they get to work as a team to practic...

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CANDY and MUSIC, what a great way to get kids motivated about MATHMATICS! I have used this lesson in my middle school class room for many years w...

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This is a simple and complete way to introduce right triangles and area that helps students "Discover" the Pythagorean Theorem. Using the detaile...

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In this file you will receive a dynamic PowerPoint and a worksheet that students can use with the PowerPoint. The topics cover finding slope and ...

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Are you looking for a unique way to engage your students in authentic math concepts using real-world data that will blow their socks off? If so, ...

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Distance-Rate-Time problems can be taught in so many cool and engaging ways! Here I'm offering two Power-points with guided notes that I use ever...

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COMMON CORE: Translate between various forms of a linear equation
Middle School students like to move around and work in groups! We know this, b...

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This is my students' ALL-TIME favorite way to practice for tests! Once you try it, they will ask to play all the time! I added the game portion t...

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I was struggling to get my young men especially my special needs young men to engage more than a few minutes with my Pythagorean Theorem lessons ...

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This activity is an organized way for students to translate between various representations of a linear function (COMMON CORE F8.2; F8.3 and ALGE...

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Inequalities with one variable are hard enough for students to grasp, but add another variable and their brains go a little haywire! I wrote this...

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Thanks!

April 17, 2014

Buyer

Good resource.

April 15, 2014

Buyer

Useful. Thanks!

April 12, 2014

Dot T.

Very nicely done! Thanks.

April 8, 2014

Michele M.

Thanks

April 6, 2014

Diane O.

Kids loved it.

April 6, 2014

Tamara M.

Great activity! Thank you!

April 4, 2014

Buyer

I was able to tweak this to use in class. Saved me a lot of time.

April 1, 2014

Buyer

Excited to use this!

March 26, 2014

Brittany B.

Great!

March 21, 2014

CINDY B.

Can't wait to try it out!

March 18, 2014

Char P.

Fun, thank you!

March 12, 2014

Buyer

My 7th grade students really enjoyed this!

March 10, 2014

Buyer

Excellent

March 10, 2014

Buyer

Very useful!

March 7, 2014

Pam W.

Thanks!

March 2, 2014

Buyer

Good use of money spent! It made my students compare and contrast ideas!

March 2, 2014

Buyer

A reason to eat candy in class. This should be a hit when we do our statistics unit. Thanks.

February 28, 2014

Susan B.

Saving for next year

February 25, 2014

Molly C.

great, thanks!

February 23, 2014

Suzanne O.

Great review!

February 21, 2014

Alisha B.

Great!

February 21, 2014

Buyer

This was so simple, yet exactly what I need! It is a visual for my students to see all the ways that a linear equation can be represented. You get a blank template to add your own problems.

February 21, 2014

Andrea R.

Great resource to introduce this topic

February 17, 2014

Buyer

Loved all the student examples!

February 13, 2014

BeckyD (TpT Seller)

Love it - my class is learning about Chinese NY and this will be perfect. thanks

February 1, 2014

Buyer

What a great resource, the kids loved it!

January 30, 2014

Allison H.

Thanks

January 27, 2014

Pam W.

Great materials!

January 27, 2014

Liza M.

Great job!

January 22, 2014

Page Protector Printables and More (TpT Seller)

Very great way to apply skills learned! Thanks!

January 14, 2014

Buyer

I use this tons!

January 11, 2014

Buyer

Good ideas.

January 11, 2014

Evie S.

Very informative and great images!

January 7, 2014

Karen D.

Great!

January 7, 2014

Elyce S.

Great. Thanks.

January 7, 2014

Elyce S.

Great. Thanks.

January 7, 2014

Elyce S.

Super.

January 7, 2014

Elyce S.

Great for Olympics!

January 7, 2014

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

Buyer re: Translate between All Three Linear Forms

Is this suppose to be a "FREE practice worksheet?"

Buyer re: Parts of a Human Skeleton (Halloween - Learn a DEAD Language - LATIN!)

It doesn't open with Microsoft Word as stated

COOL Algebra (TpT Seller)

Hello! I've changed the file to a PDF. It will be harder to modify, but still very useful. ENJOY the freebie!

Ms T. re: Tantalizing TESSELLATIONS (Back to School or Review)

I just bought it and it looks great! I'm just wondering, what did you have the kids do with it for your 9/11 project?

Thanks!!

Thanks!!

COOL Algebra (TpT Seller)

HELLO!

When I used the tessellation for the 9/11, it was like a remembrance quilt. If I'm remembering correctly, each piece was a reflection - a drawing of something they saw, a list or drawing of their feelings, and some memorial to the victims. The last time I used it for this topic the students had actual memories of that day. The kids I have today would not be able to draw on their own memories. I would suggest they interview an adult in their life about what it was like and maybe how life has changed since 9/11/01. I hope this helps!

When I used the tessellation for the 9/11, it was like a remembrance quilt. If I'm remembering correctly, each piece was a reflection - a drawing of something they saw, a list or drawing of their feelings, and some memorial to the victims. The last time I used it for this topic the students had actual memories of that day. The kids I have today would not be able to draw on their own memories. I would suggest they interview an adult in their life about what it was like and maybe how life has changed since 9/11/01. I hope this helps!

Mariel Stein (TpT Seller) re: Are You Ready for Some FOOTBALL? (Middle School MATH Project)

Hey thanks so much your answer was very helpful! Do you by any chance have an example of a daily plan you used with this lesson? The resources are great I'm just a little lost on how to implement this on a day-to-day basis.

I'm definitely going to use it!!!

I'm definitely going to use it!!!

COOL Algebra (TpT Seller)

I don't have a daily plan to share. Once I introduce the project, the kids kinda take over. I give limited amounts of time in class to complete it, but I listen to the students interactions or questions because I may need to re-teach a concept during bellwork. I always have several examples to show the students and that helps.

Mariel Stein (TpT Seller) re: Are You Ready for Some FOOTBALL? (Middle School MATH Project)

Hey I just downloaded your project and it looks SO COOL! I teach all boys for math and they're obsessed with football but so bored with math so I'm INCREDIBLY EXCITED to use this in my classroom! I have a few questions though.

1) The project addresses multiple standards in math - while I have taught a good portion of these standards, there are some that I haven't. Do I need to explicitly teach these standards before starting the project?

2) How long should I block out for this project? How much time per day and how much time overall? My math block is 1.5-2 hours (depending on the day) and I have two months left in the school year so I'm trying to long-term plan now.

Thank you for this great project!!!

Mariel

1) The project addresses multiple standards in math - while I have taught a good portion of these standards, there are some that I haven't. Do I need to explicitly teach these standards before starting the project?

2) How long should I block out for this project? How much time per day and how much time overall? My math block is 1.5-2 hours (depending on the day) and I have two months left in the school year so I'm trying to long-term plan now.

Thank you for this great project!!!

Mariel

COOL Algebra (TpT Seller)

VERY COOL!!

1) Sometimes I teach the concepts before the project, and sometimes I teach a concept then add a layer to the project. I like both ways. If I want the students to be more independent, I teach before then introduce the entire project. I've had a lot of success doing it in layers though- it tends to slow down the students, but the overall project is usually better.

2) When I first introduce the project it takes a while to show examples and talk about how to make up a team, budgeting, etc. I teach 50 minute periods so the introduction takes at least that long. After the kids get the jist of the project, I allow about 20-30 minutes for several days. Sometimes it takes a week sometimes two. I teach a wide range of students with varying abilities - it's different every year. One thing remains the same - the kids (especially boys) get SUPER excited about it and talk about it all year! I had a group of ELL students ask to do soccer last year and all the kids thought it was cool.

THANKS and ENJOY!

1) Sometimes I teach the concepts before the project, and sometimes I teach a concept then add a layer to the project. I like both ways. If I want the students to be more independent, I teach before then introduce the entire project. I've had a lot of success doing it in layers though- it tends to slow down the students, but the overall project is usually better.

2) When I first introduce the project it takes a while to show examples and talk about how to make up a team, budgeting, etc. I teach 50 minute periods so the introduction takes at least that long. After the kids get the jist of the project, I allow about 20-30 minutes for several days. Sometimes it takes a week sometimes two. I teach a wide range of students with varying abilities - it's different every year. One thing remains the same - the kids (especially boys) get SUPER excited about it and talk about it all year! I had a group of ELL students ask to do soccer last year and all the kids thought it was cool.

THANKS and ENJOY!

Buyer re: Tantalizing TESSELLATIONS (Back to School or Review)

this document wont download?

COOL Algebra (TpT Seller)

Hello! I've re-uploaded the word file. I can change it to a pdf and send it to you directly if this doesn't work. I used the word file so that the document may be revised to fit your needs. Please let me know if this doesn't fix it. THANKS so much!!

Buyer re: MATH BASKETBALL: Standardized Test Review for 8th Grade Pre-Algebra

I purchased your math basketball review powerpoint but am unable to successfully download it to my computer. I own Microsoft Office 2010, so the format of the file should not be a problem. Any ideas so that I can make use of the file I purchased?

Suzanne

Suzanne

COOL Algebra (TpT Seller)

Oh no!!! I'll look into the problem. You're the first to encounter an issue that I know of. I will let you know what I find out! I do not use office 2010, but as you indicated this shouldn't be a problem. I'll try and upload again to be sure. THANKS! (I'm with students all day so it may take a little time - sorry!)

Elias Robles III (TpT Seller)

Hey, I noticed that I needed to change something on the cypher Point slope worksheet what you purchased. May I have your email so once I fix it, I can send it to you? My Email is realmathcomics@yahoo.com

Buyer re: Taking Stock in the Stock Market! (MATH and So Much More!)

Does this teach about the stock market realistically? I teach 10th grade econ and want them to learn about the market more than math skills..

Thanks,

ME

Thanks,

ME

COOL Algebra (TpT Seller)

I use this with my 7th and 8th grade math students. It touches on basic ideas, but it really is a fun way to introduce the stock market to kids that have no prior information. I hope this helps. Thank you.

MaryMath (TpT Seller)

I always wondered who said that!!

My favorite "Ben Franklin".

I have told my students that saying 500 times.

I saw it on a Bulletin Board once..

I will be following you for sure!!

Mary

My favorite "Ben Franklin".

I have told my students that saying 500 times.

I saw it on a Bulletin Board once..

I will be following you for sure!!

Mary

Buyer re: "Lollipop" STATISTICS

Hi, I needa lesson on data statistics and anaylsis.I was wondering if you could tell me if this would be of good use.

COOL Algebra (TpT Seller)

This lesson is more about the collection of data than the analysis. The students create a frequency table then use the collected data to create a histogram. If you are looking for more analysis, it would have to be added. I hope this helps.

Buyer re: Unit Prices in the Real World: "Let's Go Shopping!"

Is there a way I can get this without having a zip drive? I am unable to download "let's go Shopping" that I recently purachsed.

COOL Algebra (TpT Seller)

Sure! I'll email the original files. I just need your email address. Thanks!

Nov. 1

Were you able to open the file? Let me know if I need to send the file. I just need your email address. THANKS.

Nov. 1

Were you able to open the file? Let me know if I need to send the file. I just need your email address. THANKS.

Jen Brown (TpT Seller)

Hi! Thanks for all your sweet comments on my items. Hope they work out in your class! I just wanted to share my blog. On Thursdays I am posting ideas, games, activities, etc for teaching (with lots of freebies!) and I bet you could use a bunch of them! Here is the link and I hope you check it out!

Have a great night and a great week at school!

Jen

http://lilmoptop.blogspot.com/search/label/Teaching%20Thursdays

Have a great night and a great week at school!

Jen

http://lilmoptop.blogspot.com/search/label/Teaching%20Thursdays

The Enlightened Elephant (TpT Seller) re: MATH : IDEAS for Hands-On Mini Activities in Middle School!

Just wondering why this is only $.99?

COOL Algebra (TpT Seller)

I'm very NEW at this! I'm learning how to price things. This is what I consider a list of ideas, good information, but did not take much of my time to compile. Thank you for the question - I do undervalue my work sometimes. :)

Derrick Brown (TpT Seller)

Hi Betty,

Thanks for rating "The Big Picture"! It is a work that is near and dear to my heart, so I am glad that somebody else likes it, too!

I see that you are an engineer-turned-educator - so am I! I started following you yesterday!

Take Care,

Derrick

Thanks for rating "The Big Picture"! It is a work that is near and dear to my heart, so I am glad that somebody else likes it, too!

I see that you are an engineer-turned-educator - so am I! I started following you yesterday!

Take Care,

Derrick

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching mathematics, international studies, and media design since 1998 in an urban district located in the southeast region of the USA. Before becoming a teacher, I worked as an electrical engineer for several years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have a laid back approach to math. My goals are to instill an appreciation of mathematics, and to show a connection to the "real-world". With my engineering background, I am very much pro TECHNOLOGY.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

TrailBlazer Award 2003 IEEE President & Advisor 1994-2001 "Wackiest" Teacher Award 2002 Technology "Academy Awards"(1st Place 2004 & 2005) Star of the Month Team Leader Math Department Chair HOSA advisor

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BSEE - University of Memphis MAT - University of Memphis

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Work Experience: Terex Corporation 1995-1998 Craigmont Middle (Shelby County)1998 - present

GRADES

Kindergarten, 1^{st}, 2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool

SUBJECTS

English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Social Studies - History, World History, Foreign Language, Chinese, Russian, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Biology, Math Test Prep, For All Subject Areas, Business, Statistics, Economics , Word Problems, Writing, Asian Studies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa