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This is a bundled unit on Quadratics I use in Algebra II. Much of the material could also be modified for use in Algebra I or Precalc depending ...
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TMCSMath  (TpT Seller)
So, the first round ends when someone gets a bingo? And then everyone who also has bingo earns the points for that round? And the purpose of using multiple problems at the same time is so more people get points for that round? Thank you so much for taking the time to explain this to me. I wish I could come see this in action!
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Kevin Giffhorn  (TpT Seller)
Yes to all three questions. I sounds like you get the overall idea of the game. Have fun with it!
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TMCSMath  (TpT Seller) re: Bonus Bingo files for test review
I am a visual learner...Could you kind of write a bonus bingo scenario (like a script) that helps me "see" how the game goes and how you decide who gets points in each round? I'm sorry to even ask, but it would help me understand better.

Thanks for your time!
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Kevin Giffhorn  (TpT Seller)
I play by the round, not by the speed. For example, i might award 5 pts for 1st, 3 for 2nd, and 2 for 3rd. When I get a few rounds in and students only need one or two blocks to win, I might put up two problems. If someone yells bingo, I give everyone enough time to see if they also have a bingo. If not, off to the next round. To help a lot of students earn points, I usually put between three and four problems up per round. With everyone that round getting points, the focus is on the accuracy of the work, not just the speed of rushing through it. Let me know if that makes sense.

Kevin
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When playing bingo, how do students know which letter to place their solution underneath?
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Kevin Giffhorn  (TpT Seller)
I don't use the letters at the top of the columns- they just put the answers anywhere. I guess this could be modified so each column is a difficulty level but then you would also need to arrange the answer by letter as well. If you modify it like this let me know- I'd be interested in seeing the final product. -Kevin
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

10 years teaching experience in all classes from Pre-Algebra through AP Calculus III. Recently I have been working with integrating interactive technology into the math classroom. This inlcludes an interactive whiteboard, wireless writing pads (4 in the class) and individual student response devices to allow for instantaneous anonymous feedback on a topic.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in teaching both the theory with the math but also practical real-world uses of the current topic. These include a project with cryptology utilizing matrix multiplication, land navigation and trigonometry, and projectile motion and basic quadratics, to name a few. I also believe technology is important in education but should enhance a curriculum, not overpower it.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Fellow, Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund, 2005 Maryland Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist, 2005 Carroll County (MD) Teacher of the Year, 2005 River Hill High School (MD) Teacher of the Year, 1997 Sallie-Mae First Year Teacher Award for Howard County (MD) runner-up, 1996 Nominee, Presidential Award for Secondary Mathematics, 1999 Nominee, Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Award, 1999

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I started in the military and after moving into the National Guard, began working with a contract engineering firm. I realized my calling was in teaching and completed my certification. After teaching for 5 years, I needed a change and went into engineering sales work, primarily in the manufacturing sector. With the birth of my daughter, I wanted to spend more time at home but also realized how much more I coudl do in the classroom than in a manufacturing plant. After only two years back in the classroom, I was named Carroll County's Teacher of the Year and was a Maryland Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist. Recently, I participated in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund program and spent three weeks in Japan collaborating with their educators.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Army Officer, U.S. Army (Captain) Field Artillery Over 2 years experience in engineering sales, primarily with Firtune 500 manufacturing companies