# Darla Knutzen

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This worksheet is good for a review of the Real Number System. It requires students to classify numbers, then order the numbers from least to greatest.
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This graphic organizer can be used for stations, allowing students to represent linear functions in a variety of ways. I like to use teams and carousel around the room for more active participation. I insert each worksheet into a sheet protector
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I found students who struggle with combining like terms have trouble differentiating each term. I commonly see a student subtracting a positive term because they can not 'see' each term correctly. I started teaching this method with blank cards to
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I introduce this at the beginning of the school year in my Algebra 1 classroom and refer to it throughout the year. It makes for a nice review of the coordinate plane. We discuss what it means to be in Quadrant I, II, III and IV in terms of the
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The Order of Operations Poster is a unique visual to show the proper order of operations for solving math expressions. Students make connections of running bases as a way to move to the next step in simplifying expressions. A worksheet puzzle is
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A bonus pack! Two worksheets in one download! I started teaching this method with blank cards to help struggling students, then moved to colored cards attached to the whiteboard for whole group instruction. The first worksheet can be used
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A great activity for the first day of school! This gets students reviewing their number sense while getting to know their classmates. Students are up and moving around, another bonus! The activity can take an entire class period when you add in
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am currently teaching middle school math, after 8 years at high school. I enjoy my middle school students, as I love their enthusiasm to learn! Teaching students as they first learn Algebra skills is a rewarding experience. I also enjoy teaching the struggling learners, as I find it challenging and rewarding to explore a variety of teaching methods to fit all learning styles.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe students need to connect with the math, using real life and hands-on methods. Tactile learning is key for many struggling students. Talking about math, sharing their learning, and teaching others encourage students to enjoy their math experiences and increases their ability to learn.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I had a student a few years ago whose attitude towards math and ability in math was at an all time low. It was his second year of Algebra 1, having missed most of his freshmen year to detention. I noticed he would excel if I could guide his every step. He lacked confidence to complete anything on his own. After a conference with parents we set him up with a tutor. Walking him through his homework began boosting his confidence in the classroom. He passed the state math test for the very first time in his academic career.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I switched careers from computer programmer to math teacher when my own children started school. I earned my teaching certificate from Pacific Lutheran University after earning a bachelors degree from The Evergreen State College.

Having worked outside the teaching profession, I have a true understanding of just how rewarding teaching can be. No other job can compare to teaching. I can be creative, goofy, and structured, all at the same time!