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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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This activity is designed for students to complete BEFORE learning about slope-intercept form. The hands-on, cooperative learning activity introduces students to the notion of slope-intercept form and shows them how it can be used in a real-life

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***** 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

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This activity will get your students out of their seats and working cooperatively in small groups. They will use their knowledge of exponential and logarithmic functions in order to solve real-life problems.
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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