Eric Olsen

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Engage students with volume problems based on real-world objects. Shapes include pyramids, spheres, cylinders, cones and prisms. There are nine problems. Some problems require students to solve for other variables such as the radius or the height.
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Engage students with this fun and interactive cross sections activity! Students go to a website where they create 3D shapes and take cross sections of them. The website allows students to change parameters and rotate the shapes for all different
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First, get students interested with fun examples. Students determine whether statements are inductive, deductive or neither. I have collected some of my favorite examples submitted by students over the years and incorporated them into the worksheet.
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Who is Euclid? What's an axiom? Start off the year with this brief but informative introduction to geometry. Students watch three short videos about Euclid and The Elements and fill in the video guide. Students then respond to two open-ended
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Students practice converting back-and-forth between DD and DMS. This is a good supplement for trigonometry story problems with angles of elevation and angles of depression written in DMS form. ✎EDITABLE This download includes: •Student Handout (1
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Too many choices! Students are often at a loss of how to proceed with simplifying trigonometric expressions and verifying trigonometric identities. This handout summarizes strategies for tackling these problems. I hope your students find it
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Pique student's interest with real-life trigonometry problems including the Lex Luthor Drop of Doom, the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Mount Kilimanjaro. There are eight problems. Some problems require students to solve for a side of the
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Literally hand-on learning! Students create 3D shapes out of clay and then take cross-sections of them. The 3D shapes include prisms, pyramids and cylinders. Students take pictures as they go and present their work in a slideshow. My students love
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Help students do well on their final exam or EOC test by giving them a couple of days to work on this review. There are 54 numbered problems but many of them have multiple parts so the actual number of problems is over 80. This review could also be
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Spice up simple interest with a dash of Harry Potter. There are 8 problems. Some problems require students to solve for the interest while others require them to solve for the time, interest rate or principal. The last problem takes learning to a
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Good activity for students in precalculus as they move into verifying trigonometric identities. Students research different types of math identities. Then they take guided notes on a Khan Academy video that proves the Pythagorean Identity. Finally,
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Help students compare and contrast the different interest formulas. Includes the formulas for: Simple Interest, Compound Interest and Continuously Compounded Interest. If you are doing interest, check out my interest worksheets!Simple Interest
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Plan ahead! Sometimes simple is better. Ideal for teachers with multiple classes. Use one page for each class. The weekly planner template includes: ➢the name of the class ➢how many students (for printing, grouping, etc ...) ➢dates for that
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Help students with proofs. This handout lists postulates, properties, definitions and theorems used for common high school geometry proofs. Version 1 is simply the names. Version 2 leaves space for students to take notes. Hand it out at the
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Students create original math memes based on their experience in your class. You can choose to let students vote on the memes and display the winning memes on a meme board. Students LOVE Meme Day! It works great as an incentive/reward. Meme Day is a
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is huge for many teens. Engage your students with a compound interest worksheet where all the problems involve MCU characters. I hope your students love it! Version 1: Mixes compound and compounding continuously
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Engage students with hands-on geometry! For this project you will take a Google Earth snip of an area around your school and insert it into a handout. I always use a composite figure but you could use simple shapes if you are working with younger
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching is my second career. I have been teaching all levels of high school math since 2011. Recently, I went back to school and got an administration degree. For ten years, I was a professional entertainer singing The Great American Songbook for seniors in Boston, MA.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Innovation and humor are two hallmarks of my teaching style. I am constantly trying new things and using humor to connect with students. I believe students must be part of the process. I look for ways to give students ownership and I love the direction this focus has been taking my classes.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. in Secondary Mathematics, M.Ed. in Deaf Education and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live in Boise, Idaho with my wife and two amazing children. I love to run, read, sing, garden and spend time with my family.

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