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***** Click here for a video demonstration of Algebra Clue. *****
This activity is ideal for end-of-the-year exam review for the equations and inequalities units. It will get your students out of their seats and working cooperatively in small

Subjects:

Algebra, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Games

This is an excellent way to introduce students to exponential growth and decay. The students will basically teach themselves how exponential functions work simply by completing this activity. This exploration is not only effective, but students

Subjects:

Algebra, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}

Types:

Worksheets, Cooperative Learning, Activities

***** Click here for a video demonstration of Algebra Clue. *****
These activities are ideal for end-of-the-unit or end-of-the-year exam review for each of the major units covered in first-year algebra: *solving linear equations
*solving linear

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Games

***** Click here for a video demonstration of Algebra Clue. *****
This activity is ideal to review the unit on solving systems of equations. It will get your students out of their seats and working cooperatively in small groups. They will use their

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Games

CCSS:

HSA-REI.C.6

This packet is designed for students to complete after learning about solving systems of linear inequalities. The activity gives students a real-life perspective on systems of inequalities by using simple business models. After reading a few

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}

Types:

Worksheets, Homework

This activity is designed for students to complete after learning about solving systems of linear equations. The activity gives students a real-life perspective on systems of equations by using the motivation that only candy can provide. Students

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Activities

CCSS:

HSA-REI.C.6

***This game requires PowerPoint!***
This game helps students review the systems unit for an algebra class. Topics covered are graphing systems of equations, substitution, elimination, word problems, and graphing systems of inequalities. The

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}

Types:

Interactive Whiteboard, Games, PowerPoint Presentations

CCSS:

HSA-REI.C.6

This activity will get your students out of their seats and working cooperatively in small groups. They will use their knowledge of the laws of exponents in order to solve problems.
This is one of my favorite activities to do as a review & as a

Subjects:

Algebra, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Games

CCSS:

8.EE.A.1

***** Click here for a video demonstration of Algebra Clue. *****
This activity is ideal for end-of-the-unit or end-of-the-year exam review for the exponents and exponential functions unit. It will get your students out of their seats and working

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Games

CCSS:

8.EE.A.1, HSA-SSE.B.3c

This activity is designed for students to complete after learning about solving linear systems of equations. The activity gives students a real-life perspective on system-solving by using a simple business application. Students will imagine that

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}

Types:

Worksheets, Cooperative Learning, Activities

CCSS:

HSA-REI.C.6

This is a HUGE review for a full-year Algebra 1 course. It contains TWO worksheets (in PDF format) each for seven units of the Algebra 1 year: Equations and Inequalities, Graphing, Systems, Functions, Exponents, Quadratics, Polynomials, and Roots.

Subjects:

Algebra

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool, 7^{th}

Types:

Worksheets, Test Prep

This activity will get your students out of their seats and working cooperatively in small groups. They will use their knowledge of graphing systems of equations and inequalities in order to solve problems. This file contains problems in both

Subjects:

Algebra, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Activities, Games

CCSS:

HSA-REI.C.6

***** Click here for a video demonstration of Algebra Clue. *****
This activity is ideal for end-of-the-year exam review for (full year) Algebra 1. It will get your students out of their seats and working cooperatively in small groups. They will

Subjects:

Algebra

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Games

This TWO-PERIOD (or 90-minute) activity is designed to come BEFORE learning about slope. It will allow students to discover through experiments what slope means and how to find it. Students will drop tennis balls, baseballs, and "SuperBalls" and

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Projects, Cooperative Learning, Activities

This activity will get your students out of their seats and working cooperatively in small groups. They will use their knowledge of arithmetic and geometric sequences in order to solve problems.
This is one of my favorite activities to do as a

Subjects:

Algebra, Algebra 2

Grades:

9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Games

CCSS:

HSF-IF.A.3

***** Click here for a video demonstration of Algebra Clue. *****
This activity is ideal to review the unit on solving inequalities. It will get your students out of their seats and working cooperatively in small groups. They will use their

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool, 7^{th}

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Games

I used this lesson for part of my National Board Certification. It is one of the best lessons that I have ever written, and I highly recommend it. This works extremely well year after year, and most of my department has adopted it.
Description:

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Activities, Homework

***** Click here for a video demonstration of Algebra Clue. *****
This activity is ideal to review the unit on linear graphs. It will get your students out of their seats and working cooperatively in small groups. They will use their knowledge of

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool, 7^{th}

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Games

This activity will get your students out of their seats and working cooperatively in small groups. They will use their knowledge of solving systems of equations in order to solve problems. This maze requires students to know how to solve using

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Games

***** Click here for a video demonstration of Algebra Clue. *****
This activity is ideal to review the unit on solving equations. It will get your students out of their seats and working cooperatively in small groups. They will use their knowledge

Subjects:

Algebra, Word Problems

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool, 7^{th}

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Games

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a National Board Certified teacher with nearly two decades of experience in two different urban/suburban high schools. The courses that I have taught are Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Discrete Math, and Honor's Pre-Calculus. My Algebra 1 experience includes a decade of sheltered ESL algebra classes with a wider variety of native languages that you could probably even name. I have begun creating some animations to help students-- especially those who speak very little English-- understand algebra. I received a grant in 2014 to travel to California and interview animators at Pixar, Disney, and Sony Animation Studios! It was AWESOME!!!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am trying to make pre-calculus more and more applicable to real life for my honor's students. I am doing this by creating hands-on activities and applicable word problems. At the same time, I am trying to eliminate communication gaps that exist for ESL students in order to help them focus their energy on learning the math rather than constantly translating speech and written material into their native languages. I have begun to create some animations to help students visualize problems.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Board Certification (only the second Hoosier high school math teacher to earn this recognition) Who's Who Among American Teachers

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.S. in Education, Indiana Wesleyan University B.S. in Secondary Education, Indiana University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have blessed far beyond my wildest expectations with a beautiful wife and two great kids.

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, Homeschool, Not Grade Specific

SUBJECTS

English Language Arts, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Calculus, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Order of Operations, PreCalculus, Trigonometry, Other (Math), EFL - ESL - ELD, Math Test Prep, For All Subject Areas, Statistics, Word Problems, Algebra 2, Mental Math