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Exponential Functions and Their Applications to Financial Situations
Life After College Budget Project
This project is one of the best things that I do. I have used it for several years and it has undergone several revisions. I use it primarily

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Using inexpensive materials that can be picked up at a hardware store, students build simple catapults for launching marshmallows. By timing and measuring distance, students can determine velocity and height.

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Using a toy called a stomp rocket which can be purchased fairly inexpensively online or at Toys R Us. I created this lab for my students in PreCalculus. My husband has also used it with Physics.

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This is a stations type activity that is self checking. It covers most all of the topics in a unit on solving polynomials such as synthetic division, rational root theorem, Descartes rule of signs, end behavior, complex solutions, writing a

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Given a series of bearings and distances and a map of the state of Florida, students will navigate around the state using a protractor and ruler. At the end, they convert all of the (distance/magnitude, bearing/angle) to (x,y) components and add

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This is the opening activity to a project that I do. The project is called Life After College Budget Project. With the Tim and Tom story and activity, students see the benefits to saving for the future and the expense involved in taking out loans.

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Students will be very engaged as they solve 18 quadratic equations involving a mix of factoring, square roots, and completing the square. The answer to the first problem sends them to another and so on. Students get to cut out the problems and

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Using a remote control car, students learn how to convert from ft/sec to mph.

Start your year right with Algebra 2! This activity has been created to do the following:
Engage students with timely activities themed to the Olympics
Pre-Assess: Determine how much of systems of equations your students already know how to

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This activity is one activity students can use to review systems of equations. Students cut out each problem (or just tear sheets in half). The solution to one problem can be found at the top of the next. Once completed students can create a chain

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10 problems to be worked on with a partner. Partner A and B have different problems but their answers to each must be the same. This is a good review for the first half of a chapter on polynomials. It covers: end behavior, long division,

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Post these 8 questions around the room and give students a starting number. Each answer leads student to the next question. If they are kicked back to a problem that they have already done before they do all 8 problems, then they know that they

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This was written for determining the sine waves that describe Peyton Manning's biorhythms before a big game. I use it during our unit on graphing and modeling sine functions. It could be easily adapted to your favorite athlete, politician, musician

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Polynomial Function lab.
Students will each build small boxes of various size (from same size raw material), calculate volume, fill with M & M's and compare both types of Volume calculations with students whose boxes have varying shapes.

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Great way to review the unit on rational functions.
Power point slides should be printed and posted around the room.
Students may work alone or in partners. I usually set it up as a "shot gun" start where I assign different students different

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I usually do this the first or 2nd day in Algebra II and Pre-Calculus.
I give every student 2 cards
Fact is printed on Yellow card stock
Fiction is printed on Red card stock
Feel free to add additional slides as a way of introducing yourself.
I ask

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Activity is a great review activity over an Algebra 2 unit on Arithmetic, Geometric Sequences and Series. It includes explicit and recursive formulas for Arithmetic and Geometric, Arithmetic Series, Finite and Infinite Geometric series and Sigma

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for several years in an urban high school in Indianapolis, IN. In recent years, I have been teaching Honors Pre-Calculus and 2nd year Algebra. Our school is an IB school in which inquiry-based lessons are encouraged.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I like activities for my students that help them to "feel" the mathematics - hands on, project based, inquiry, group work, modeling, graphing calculator.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Selected by peers as school Impact teacher. Recently, my colleague and I received a grant to buy a quadcoptor drone. We have been working on ways to incorporate drone technology and applications into our PreCalculus curriculum.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS and MS degrees in Mathematics Education from Indiana University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have presented at NCTM regional conferences and ICTM conferences "Mom, We Got to Play in Math Today" "Function, What Are They Good For?". I have been a PLC leader and MYP leader within our school. I represent the Math department at out district wide MYP council. My husband is a teacher of Physics. I have raised an amazing set of twins who are just launching their careers and am the proud step mother of another set of twins. Seven years ago, I faced the challenge of my life when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. With 6 rounds of chemo and 6 years of remission behind me, I can really focus on finishing my career in the classroom with care, diligence, devotion. I am excited about this opportunity to share a few of the things that I have learned and created along this 30+ year journey in the classroom.

GRADES

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

SUBJECTS

Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Graphing, PreCalculus, Trigonometry, Science, Physics, Social Studies - History, Economics (University), Mathematics, Economics , Physical Science, Algebra 2