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"WHY do I need to know it? WHERE did it come from? HOW can I remember it? Why can't math be more fun? WHEN can I use it?" The quadratic formula is practically a rite of passage in high school mathematics, and possibly the most famous formula
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Engage in a free-falling factoring frenzy of fun with this tactile, visual, and addictively game-ified approach to quadratic factoring! Algebra Tile Factris is a Windows Desktop Application. Download the game for free and try the level one demo to
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"The tale of a couple of young triangle bachelors, scouting out a party looking to score a few phone numbers..." [Complete Lyrics Below] Ernie and Stu put their lines to the test when a cute angle is spotted at a hoppin' party. They rely on their
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**this is a Geometer's Sketchpad file (.gsp)** Please make sure you have this software before purchasing. This interactive game will help students make a strong connection between the slope y-intercept equation for a line and its graph.
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This simple program will convert a base-10 whole number into any other base you choose: binary, octal, 60 (Babylonians), 20 (Mayans) ... even base 27 if you want! I created this little windows application in Visual Basic Studio (VB.net). I
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A Tactile, Visual, and Game-ified Approach to Quadratic Factoring! You will want this cool game in your back pocket whether you're introducing factoring to junior students for the first time or doing a fun review with your senior class! I hope to
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Engage your class in a free-falling factoring frenzy of fun with this tactile, visual, and addictively game-ified approach to quadratic factoring! Algebra Tile Factris is a Windows Desktop Application. Download the game for free and try the level
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A humorous mathematical oversight in a New York Times article provides a great 'real life' linear systems application problem! The problem involves the opening week rental and sales income from Sony's controversial movie 'The Interview'. The
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Merry Christmas! **2016 update** I've included a great product remix submitted by a UK teacher who tweaked the mosaic to work for more basic level math students and elementary age. Also, I created a ratios problem version with fun holiday themed
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This product is a lyrics video. The lyrics are also below, for your convenience. Merry Christmas y'all! The Christmas Story (lyrics and rap by Timothy A. Calford, music taken from youtube by soundblue official) Yo, follow my rhyme, travel way
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Have your students verify the Pythagorean Theorem visually by solving a surprisingly challenging 5-piece puzzle! By showing that the piece can be used to fill in the large square, or be used to fill the two small squares, students verify that the
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Engage your whole class in a highly creative and highly mathy heroic colouring battle! I would like to introduce my latest line of collaborative math mosaics, and allow you to see the various versions available, all in one easy-to-navigate
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Teach algebra geometrically! Students will DISCOVER the rules for factoring and completing the square rather than memorize blind algorithms. Why lecture when you can facilitate REAL learning? Enter ANY quadratic expression in standard, vertex, or
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Pie graphs can be tricky to make by hand when the sections aren't easy fractions of the pie. This simple template gives a circle marked off with 100 'tick lines' for easy graphing of percentages of the whole pie. A second template using dots is
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Just sharing an idea! One goal in my math classroom this year was to create a more encouraging atmosphere, and connect to students more personally so they know I care about their success. It is certainly true that some students are easy to
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been a high school math educator since 2008, teaching all grades 9 through 12, and all levels from university and college bound to essentials/workplace to special needs learners. My products and ideas have been gilded by the frontlines of my own classroom experience. I'm always looking for an innovative way to teach the subject I love!

MY TEACHING STYLE

Whenever possible, math should be driven by engaging problems that pull students into the concepts and skills I seek to teach. 'Fruitfully frustrated' is a good place to be :) I enjoy writing and performing math raps (youtube CalfordMath), integrating Geometer's Sketchpad to bring dynamic understanding, gamifying learning (see my product 'Algebra Tile Factris'), and generally pushing creative limits to make math concepts accessible to my students. I am aware of students' math stigmas and horror stories. I try to build on their natural math intuitions, sidestepping their perceived inability to 'do math' because they never won a class game of around-the-world with multiplication flash cards in grade 4.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Concurrent BSc (honours mathematics) / BEd (intermediate/senior) from Brock University, 2008 Honour Specialist in Mathematics from Queen's University, 2012

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I'm an avid recreational chess player. I enjoy music, skateboarding, longboarding, rapping, programming (see my product 'Algebra Tile Factirs' for a computer game example, or my 'Colouring by...' products for an automated worksheet product), and doing math for fun (total geek).

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