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First Week Activities are significant in building relationships and a positive learning environment.
Getting to know your students is an essential first step in building relationships. Finding out what they remember from previous courses is

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This is a digital activity. Teacher and student must have a Google Drive account to use this activity. A link is provided with instructions on making a copy of the activity to access it. Once you make your own copy, you can share the activity

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This is a digital activity. Teacher and student must have a Google Drive account to use this activity. A link is provided with instructions on making a copy of the activity to access it. Once you make your own copy, you can share the activity

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Anchor charts help build math literacy in the classroom. They provide helpful review notes for students as well as setting expectations for mastery of key concepts.
In this document there are four anchor charts for a unit on the characteristics of

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We Have a Match activities are designed for students to work as partners and to be self-checking.
In this activity, students simplify algebraic expressions by substituting the given values for variables (2 and 3 variables) and using the order of

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Simplifying Square Roots – A Number Line Activity
This is a “no” calculator activity. Students place the given square root expressions on a number line.
This activity works as a practice assignment in Grade 8 for CCSS Standard NSA.2: Use rational

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COMPARING PROPERTIES OF FUNCTIONS – POLYNOMIAL ATTRIBUTES ANALYSIS
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Compare properties of two functions each represented in a different way - algebraically, graphically, numerically in tables, or by verbal descriptions.

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Reciprocal Learning Strategy is a student pairing strategy in which one student is the player while the other coaches and then students reverse the roles.
This activity is self-checking. Make a 2-sided copy. Student A finds the domain and range

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Function Transformations Bundle
Transformations are a significant concept in Algebra. Students need practice in identifying transformations and how those affect key attributes.
This set has four worksheets featuring absolute value, quadratic,

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Transformation Practice
I created this worksheet to help my students work on function transformations. I want students to be able to analyze a function equation and identify key attributes.
This worksheet has 6 functions – 2 quadratic, 2 absolute

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have had a variety of school experiences: -Elementary, Middle, and High School -Public and Private Schools -Classroom teacher and administrator -Three states - VA, TN, and TX

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have an eclectic teaching style. I prefer to blend discovery, inquiry and problem solving with direct teaching and routine practice to meet the needs of all students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Math from 1999 - 2009.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS in Elementary Education from Trevecca University MAEd in Gifted Education from The College of William & Mary

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Currently, I am a high school math teacher. I also facilitate courses for the University of Phoenix online. Check out my blog at http://algebrasfriend.blogspot.com/!

GRADES

PreK, 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}, Homeschool, Not Grade Specific

SUBJECTS

English Language Arts, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Numbers, Order of Operations, PreCalculus, Other (Math), Math Test Prep, For All Subject Areas, Word Problems, Algebra 2, Poetry, Mental Math, Place Value