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MathyCathy
United States - Texas - Austin
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"Variety is the spice of life... and the classroom!" mathycathy.com/blog

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I give each and every one of my students this Pi Day greeting card upon entering my class every Pi Day! After handing each student a card and wi...
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I developed this "bell ringer" out of my own need to formatively assess my students. Sometimes gaining meaningful feedback from students during ...
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The Pi Chain Challenge is a novel and competitive way to explore what an irrational number looks like. This challenge would be the perfect addit...
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This BIG HUGE PUZZLE measures 14 inches by 14 inches when complete! Students match up simple fractions, decimals and percents to demonstrate unde...
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Great assessment and cooperative activity to promote math communication! Learning Stations include translating expressions and word phrases, sol...
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Ask students to take out their notebooks to take notes, and brace yourself for moans and groans. Photocopy these templates on colorful paper and...
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When students initially study the concepts of fraction, ratio, rate and unit rate, it's important to relate the concepts, yet clearly express the...
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Great activity to keep all students engaged while practicing an all-important problem-solving skill. Students randomly select variable expressio...
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Ever find students doodling in their notebook during a math lesson? Put those scribbling skills to work in a fun project! Rubric and story boar...
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A twist on the traditional "matching" assessment, these quizzes assess students' understanding of basic number properties. Page 1 is more approp...
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Whew! Teaching algebra students how to solve multi-step equations can be overwhelming for all parties involved! To help "chunk" the sheer volum...
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"Write-Around" is a strategy I enjoy using when Algebra becomes "multi-step"! Groups of no more than 5 students are given these sheets such that...
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Early Algebra students often find new and unfamiliar vocabulary to be challenging. Once students define "term", "constant", "coefficient", and "...
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There are restrictions on many "real life" things. Speed limits, weight, height and age restrictions are a part of "real life" whether you're an...
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Students feel empowered when they construct their own understanding of a new mathematical concept. Rather than give students a textbook definiti...
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This graphic organizer helps students understand the concept of slope by examining the definition of slope, visual cues regarding slope, finding ...
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Every year, when I present The Distributive Property using only numerical expressions, students argue... "Why can't we just use the Order of Oper...
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This project creates quite an impressive product with simple supplies easily accessible in any classroom. Students generate data from surveys gi...
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Why not add a little humor in those final weeks of school? This project keeps students on the edge of their seats, waiting for a "commercial bre...
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After working with the 4 basic operations with fractions, some students inevitably confuse the "rules". This foldable study guide is designed to...
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hjohnso2 re: Geometry Web Scavenger Hunt
What geometry concepts are covered in this activity?
April 23, 2013
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Some questions relate to searching for formulas, others relate to trivia-type questions that would involve a detailed internet search. I'd use this activity less to present concepts and more as a novelty - hope that helps!
April 23, 2013

suzbmac
I don't usually have any problems with PDF files. I have purchased many times from your and never had an issue before. When trying to download the file, it only loads about 50% of it before it stops and says there is an error. I will try again when I get home from school today and I will try from my work computer during planning.
April 1, 2013
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Please let me know if you have success - I have been able to download the file successfully from two different computers. Fingers crossed! :-)
April 1, 2013

suzbmac
I purchased the April Fools quiz but am unable to download it in order to print it. Any ideas?
March 31, 2013
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
I just downloaded the file from TpT - it's a PDF file. Are you able to download PDFs generally? Could it be the computer you're using? What is specifically happening when you attempt to download the file? Thanks for your patience - this is not an issue I have encountered.
March 31, 2013

gandyt re: "Before & After" Warm-Ups: Promote Reflection About Common Errors
Do you create the "standardized" problems? Are the students to copy the entire problem on the left-side of the template or just work the problem?
March 11, 2013
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your question! Whether students copy the problem on the left side depends on the problem itself in my opinion - if you're presenting a lengthy word problem, perhaps, say, an equation and the work would be written on the left, but not the entire problem statement. As a general rule, I have used problems that are not too lengthy, and students have copied and solved the problem on the left side. Hope that helps!
March 11, 2013

elizabethball84
Hello!

I just purchased the activity that allows students to discover the "rules" for multiplying integers on their own versus direct instruction. I am using this lesson as part of an interview I am going through and love the idea! However, I've never taught middle school math and was wondering if you could offer guidance on the activity as well as clarification on the "good guys/bad guys" coming to town and leaving town. Thanks!
February 18, 2013
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Hi there! My suggestion is to complete the activity as if you are the student - fill in the multiplication chart, and look for patterns (repeated subtraction specifically). Finally, think of "good guys" as positive, "bad guys" as negative, "coming to town" as a "good" or "positive" thing, and "leaving town" as a "bad" or "negative" thing. Hope that helps! ;-)
February 18, 2013

srebel
Awesome--thanks so much. We attended a meeting yesterday and finally seeing district level focus moving to common core. Fractions are a biggie for us so looking for ways to beef up our math curriculum.
Have a wonderful weekend :)
January 26, 2013
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Awesome feedback - so glad to be a small part of the positive changes in your district!
February 18, 2013

srebel
That would be great. I'll check back later and empty my cart :) Have a great weekend.
January 26, 2013
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Awesome! Will take care of this for you today, 1/26/13
Thanks for your patience! I want to be sure none of the fractions disappear in the presentation... that would NOT be good! :-)
January 26, 2013

srebel re: Fractions & Brownies: Why We Need Common Denominators to Add / Subtract
Wanted to be sure that this would work with a Mac computer---do you know if it does? Thanks :)
January 25, 2013
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for stopping by! Though a PowerPoint will open on a Mac in Keynote, sometimes the spacing of things changes a bit. I'll convert the presentation to a Keynote and list it in a separate listing for you. I assume you are asking because your Mac does not have Powerpoint?
January 25, 2013

Caryn  (TpT Seller) re: Polygons: Discovering Interior Angle Sum Formula (iPad version included)
You should up your age level to include 10th grade geometry. Looks nice. Caryn
December 23, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Thanks! Will do!
December 23, 2012

dbspencer re: How Much Per GALLON? A Perplexing TwIsT on Unit Price!
I'll try printing it again. I'm wondering if it messed up when I sent it to the copier? It was acting up that day. I can't figure what else could've gone wrong.
December 10, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
How did it go?
December 12, 2012

dbspencer re: How Much Per GALLON? A Perplexing TwIsT on Unit Price!
I already purchased this and made 180 copies of pages 2-3. I love the activity! However, after I made the copies I realized that the numerators are filled with exclamation points and all the information in the bottom right box is garbled. It looks fine when I view it on the computer, so I'm not sure why it printed like this. Help!
December 3, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
That is bizarre! Especially with a PDF file! Did you print it at school? If so, is there someone in your tech department that has an idea? Have never seen that, especially if it is showing up correctly on your screen. Maybe a printer driver? No idea - weird!
December 3, 2012

ssutton712 re: "Bell Ringer" Exit Slip Ticket for Math Class
Hello MathyCathy I recently purchased the Bell Ringer and would like to type in the question that I would like students to answer is there anyway you could email me a copy that I could type the problems into? ssutton712@hotmail.com
December 2, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Hello! Actually, if you have a Mac, I know it's possible to type on a PDF using Preview. This is also true if you have an iPad and an annotating app. Please let me know if this helps! Thanks!
December 2, 2012

4mulaFun  (TpT Seller) re: Slope Graphic Organizer: Annotate PDF on an iPad, or Print!
I have to ask what annotating app you used. I seriously wish I still taught Pre-Algebra so I could use this activity! Please link up to my Success in Secondary Linky Party so I can keep pinning this for you!

Jenn
November 17, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Hi there!

I have been using DocAS and neu.annotate+. DocAS is a little better in my opinion, since there is a built-in file organization system, right there in the app!

Check out more info about the apps I am using and my classroom happenings here, where I am documenting my experiences this year as we've jumped right in to using 1-to-1 iPads:

mathycathy.com/blog

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cathy
November 17, 2012

mamaloon re: Integer Game Competitive Motivating Fun Integers Operations Practice
Thank you ~~ NOW understand :) Will try it with my 7th graders this week...
November 4, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Great! Playing boys versus girls in a whole-class setting can be quite riveting! I usually do this first to help the whole class understand the rules, then once they "get it" I find pairs to be more engaging. Enjoy!
November 4, 2012

Nathan McNamara  (TpT Seller) re: My PSSA Manual: Middle School Mathematics Webquest and Project
Hello, I live in PA and give the third grade dreaded PSSA tests. I am always looking to share ideas with each other to help master the PSSA's I was looking at your materials available, check some of mine out also and follow me. I am new to TPT, so I am in the process of adding lessons, games, and other things also.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Nathan-Mcnamara

Thanks,
Nate
October 10, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Great!
December 2, 2012

carolblaisdell re: Number Properties - Keynote to Review or Assess Prior Knowledge
I bought this not knowing what "Keynote" was, and we have PC laptop at school. Any suggestions on how I can use this?
September 15, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
If you know someone who has a Mac, they can export the file as a PowerPoint file for you. Hope that helps!
September 15, 2012

jmmarx re: Order of Operations Formative Assessment - A Hands-On Group Activity!
How many problems do you receive for \$1.50?
August 26, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for your question! As outlined in the product description and preview, there is one page, which includes correct and "bogus" steps reflecting common student misconceptions. Hope this helps!
August 26, 2012

mmmpreston re: Inequalities & Amusement Parks? Keynote Introduces Writing & Graphing
I can download but not open this file- and I can't wait to use it. (smile) Any suggestions? The tech guy at work said that the Key file should have been opened behind the scenes when the actual document was opened.
Maureen
May 29, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Hi!

Are you opening the file using Keynote, which is Mac's equivalent to PowerPoint? If you do not have the Keynote application on a Mac, you will probably not be able to access the file. If you are trying to open it in Keynote, perhaps you can tell me what is happening when you try to open it and I can give you some guidance. When I download it from my TPT account and open the downloaded file, it opens right up in Keynote.
May 29, 2012

Haley Clayton  (TpT Seller) re: Inequalities & Amusement Parks? Keynote Introduces Writing & Graphing
This will not open on my PC even after I downloaded the newest version of Adobe Reader. It says the file is damaged or decoded incorrectly. Any suggestions?
April 23, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Perhaps it is because it is a Keynote presentation? Keynote is Mac's version of PowerPoint. Though I am pretty sure a PowerPoint presentation will open in Keynote, I am not sure a Keynote opens in PowerPoint.
April 23, 2012

Caryn  (TpT Seller) re: Properties of Numbers Cut-and-Paste Matching Quizzes: 2 Versions
Your listing states that there are 2 pages for this item. Does that mean there is no key included?
January 18, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Yes, you're correct, there is no key included. If you need one, I can certainly send one along. Also, since part of the quiz is for students to generate their own examples demonstrating the properties, a key can't be made for the open-ended portion of each quiz. Thanks for your interest! :-)
January 18, 2012

Scipi  (TpT Seller)
Your blog has been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award; not President! Go to my blog to learn the details and receive your reward.

http://gofigurewithscipi.blogspot.com/
January 6, 2012
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Thank you! I'm so honored to share this award with so many other well-deserving bloggers! Thanks Scipi!
January 9, 2012

Secondary Solutions  (TpT Seller)
Hello there! Forgive me for contacting you this way...I did't see contact info on your blog. :)

I just wanted to let you know that I am having a New Yearâ€™s Blog Party for Middle and High School bloggers! I would love it if you would add MathyCathy to the blog party to help spread the word that there are actually middle and high school blogs out there!

Kristen
Secondary Solutions
December 30, 2011
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Thanks for the invite! I joined the "party" - what a great way to connect with others!

Thanks!
"MathyCathy"
December 30, 2011

Shawna H  (TpT Seller) re: Integer Game Competitive Motivating Fun Integers Operations Practice
I downloaded your product, and I guess I'm not exactly sure about the rules. How exactly do they use this to practice integer operations? I mean...how do they know if they should multiply? divide? etc?
September 26, 2011
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Good Morning!

Each of the two teams keeps score, which is a running total (adding integers). Depending on whether the goal is to get the highest or lowest score, the strategy of the game changes. The best part is when each team realizes that their choices of moves helps to determine choices for the opposing team. Give it a try and let me know how it goes - the rules are written in more detail on page 2 of the download. Thanks for your interest! :-)
September 27, 2011

losborne re: Order of Operations Formative Assessment - A Hands-On Group Activity!
Is there just one page to this lesson?
September 18, 2011
MathyCathy  (TpT Seller)
Yes, as indicated in the listing, this is a one-page activity. When I used it, I gave each group the same problem so that we could compare their approaches. Some groups "fell for" the bogus steps, and some did not. When all groups had the same problem to try, it made for a nice follow-up discussion as a whole class. Thanks for your interest!
September 18, 2011
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Thanks for stopping by! I have thirteen years of teaching experience including teaching mathematics to middle school and high school students, as well as, in more recent years, serving as a "Math Coach/Specialist", working with hundreds of students and their teachers in one of Pennsylvania's largest districts. I have recently transitioned to Austin, Texas, where I am teaching 8th grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra I. Check out my blog for up-to-date classroom happenings! mathycathy.com/blog

MY TEACHING STYLE

My high-energy teaching style and desire to keep all students engaged ensures variety in instructional techniques and resources. The resources I create evolve from my students' specific needs and my desire to keep them engaged and excited about mathematics! I hope you see this through the variety of resources I have posted here at TPT!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I recently earned my Master of Science in Education with a 4.0 average. I have been trained in the Success For All Foundation's "Power Teaching"! Does my "Best Female Vocalist" award count? I earned that in the talent show our middle school hosted last year. I have the hand-carved wooden award to prove it! (Thanks to an amazing Industrial Arts teacher!)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my Bachelor of Science in Education at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Secondary Education/Mathematics. I received my Master of Science in Education from Wilkes University in Classroom Technology.