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Students will compare and contrast exponential functions with linear and quadratic functions by using these function types to model different scenarios. They will compare the values returned for each function in real-world contexts, the tables and

Subjects:

Algebra, Basic Operations, Graphing

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

HSF-LE.A.1, HSF-LE.A.2

The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Algebra, Linear Functions, Data and Statistics. A comprehensive introduction to Algebra. These missions are aligned with Common Core Standards from the categories Number and Quantity, The Number System,

Subjects:

Algebra, Fractions, Statistics

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula

Students will revisit exponential and linear functions by modeling real-world scenarios with equations, tables and graphs. They will use horizontal shifts to create sequences with initial values at n=1. They will practice writing functions using

Subjects:

Algebra, Basic Operations, Algebra 2

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

HSF-LE.A.2

Great Algebra â€ścheat sheetsâ€ť which summarizes various algebra concepts and procedures covered in my materials. Handy, concise, helpful!
Topics covered include:
â€˘Adding Fractions
â€˘Multiplying Fractions
â€˘Basic Probability Rules
â€˘Converting Decimals

Subjects:

Algebra, Basic Operations, Statistics

Grades:

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

Types:

Test Prep, Study Guides

Students will begin to explore statistics by collecting and processing data using the mean, median and mode. This mission is aligned with Common Core State Standards: HSS.IC.A.1, HSS.ID.A.1.
The fun stuff:
Numbers, numbers everywhere but don't

Subjects:

Statistics, Graphing

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

HSS-ID.A.1, HSS-IC.A.1

Shape, center and spread, the normal distribution, sampling and linear regression are all explored in this introduction to statistics. These missions are aligned with Common Core Standards from the Statistics and Probability category for 8th grade

Subjects:

Algebra, Applied Math, Statistics

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

HSS-ID.A.1, HSS-ID.A.2, HSS-ID.A.3, HSS-ID.B.5, HSS-ID.B.6, HSS-ID.C.7, HSS-ID.C.8, HSS-ID.C.9, HSS-IC.A.1

Students will explore the normal distribution through real-world examples and the binomial distribution as number of experiments increases. Students will connect frequency plots to their corresponding probability distributions, and explore the

Subjects:

Applied Math, Statistics, Graphing

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

HSS-ID.A.3

Students will use similar triangles to model geographic relationships, connecting data from the real world to a map. Students will interpret the resulting triangles on the map and draw conclusions. The Take-home Message: If two pairs of angles in

Subjects:

Math, Applied Math, Geometry

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

HSG-MG.A.1

Students will play games to remember and reproduce the angles in the unit circle in radians and degrees, as well as the trigonometric ratios associated with multiples of special angles in the unit circle. This mission is aligned with Common Core

Subjects:

Trigonometry

Grades:

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

Types:

Activities, Games, Study Guides

CCSS:

HSF-TF.A.3

Students will develop the Altitude to Hypotenuse Theorems and the Pythagorean Theorem with carefully guided proofs. The Take-home Message: The Pythagorean Theorem can be proven by observing that an altitude to the hypotenuse creates 3 similar

Subjects:

Geometry, Trigonometry

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

HSG-SRT.B.4, HSG-SRT.B.5

Students will extend their understanding of trigonometric ratios to include the inverses of trigonometric functions. They will apply trigonometric ratios and their inverses to a variety of real-world problems, including in the context of special

Subjects:

Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

HSG-SRT.C.8

Linear functions provide a great introduction to function concepts of input and output as well as giving students insight into the relationship between tables, equations and graphs. This mission is aligned with Common Core State Standards: 8.FA.1,

Subjects:

Algebra, Applied Math, Graphing

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

8.F.A.1, 8.F.A.2, 8.F.A.3, HSA-CED.A.1, HSA-CED.A.2, HSF-BF.A.1a

Finding linear functions from tables, equations and graphs challenges students to deepen their understanding of the slope and y-intercept of a line. This mission aligns with the Common Core State Standards: HSA.CED.A.2, HSF.BF.A.1, 8.F.A.3,

Subjects:

Algebra, Arithmetic, Graphing

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

8.F.A.3, 8.F.B.4, HSA-CED.A.2, HSF-BF.A.1a

Graphing linear inequalities challenge students to understand the relationship between functions, equations and their graphs, then extend these concepts to graph a half-plane. This mission is aligned to Common Core State Standards:

Subjects:

Algebra, Graphing

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

HSA-REI.D.12

Students will experiment with evaluating, generating and simplifying polynomials and exponential expressions. This mission is aligned with the Common Core State Standards: 7.EE.A.1, 7.EE.A.2, 8.EE.A.1, 8.EE.A.2.
The fun stuff:
Who am I? Variables

Subjects:

Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Operations

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

7.EE.A.1, 7.EE.A.2, 8.EE.A.1, 8.EE.A.2

Rate of change, velocity, slope, change in y over change in x. The fact that there are so many ways to describe rate of change is a demonstration of the centrality of this concept to functions and their ability to model relationships between

Subjects:

Algebra, Applied Math, Graphing

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

8.F.A.2, 8.F.B.4, HSA-CED.A.2, HSF-BF.A.1a

Students will explore a variety of real world formulas from physics and geometry to gain insights into the power and application of algebraic techniques for finding values of interest. They will solve for variables of interest after substituting as

Subjects:

Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

HSN-Q.A.1, HSA-CED.A.4

Linear functions, rate of change, domain and range and linear equalities are all featured in this comprehensive bundle. These missions are aligned with Common Core State Standards from the categories of Expressions and Equations, Algebra and

Subjects:

Algebra, Applied Math, Word Problems

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

8.EE.C.8, 8.F.A.1, 8.F.A.2, 8.F.A.3, 8.F.B.4, 8.F.B.5, HSN-Q.A.2, HSA-CED.A.1, HSA-CED.A.2, HSA-REI.C.6, HSA-REI.D.11...

Understanding different forms for lines gives students additional power to develop and expand their tools for solving systems of linear equations. This mission is aligned with Common Core Standards: 8.EE.8, HSA.REI.C.6.
How awesome are the

Subjects:

Algebra, Applied Math, Graphing

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

8.EE.C.8, HSA-REI.C.6

Parallel and perpendicular lines challenge students to understand slope, functions, domain and range, and the relationship between graphs and equations. This mission is aligned to Common Core State Standards: HSA.CED.2, HSF.BF.A.1.A.
The fun

Subjects:

Algebra, Fractions, Graphing

Grades:

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

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Homeschool Curricula, Activities

CCSS:

HSA-CED.A.2, HSF-BF.A.1a

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MY TEACHING STYLE

You're a teacher, you understand the combination of idealism and realism that's required! Here's how I see it: We all have an innate curiosity about how the world works. We are wired to experiment at the edges of our knowledge, to look for patterns and to draw conclusions. Mistakes are the welcome surprises which help us refine the experiment. In a student-centered classroom, students collaborate to ask questions, gather data, interpret results and articulate understanding. Success at the edge of knowledge demands persistence and creativity. Courage To Core provides a context for students to work together to become the agents of their success and the owners of their cognition. Plus, with base jumpers, car racing, coin flipping, sailboats and NBA players and more featured as the real-world focus of various missions, it's fun!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Administrator Quote: â€śChris is a gifted and masterful teacher whose genius is in his ability to trust and encourage kids to take ownership over their learning.â€ť Parent Quote: "Chris is a great source of motivation for my children. He gave them to a positive experience and inspired them to grasp mathematics through truly enriching intellectual involvement." Student Quote: "You boosted my confidence with math and I seriously can't thank you enough!"

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Appalachian State University, Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

From sea to shining sea! For 15 years Iâ€™ve taught high school mathematics at schools from the Carolina's to California. Teaching to ESL learners at a Spanish international school helped me make my materials multi-culturally accessible. Teaching English in Portugal enriched my writing. Guiding rock climbing and coaching surfing enlivened my word problems. Ultimately, teaching makes every day an intellectual adventure as rich as any of those. I created these math materials to give students as much power in the learning process as possible, so that together my students and I can share in the journey of discovery of mathematical ideas. I hope that you and your students find Courage To Core to be an intellectually enriching adventure!

GRADES

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

SUBJECTS

English Language Arts, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Numbers, Order of Operations, Trigonometry, Science, Earth Sciences, Physics, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Statistics, Word Problems, Algebra 2, Poetry, Decimals