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The quickest way to get your students engaged in math in a deep and meaningful way is to use authentic instruction that relates math to the real world. Preferably the real world math should involve real world interests that students actually care

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Description: Have you ever thought "What are the chances of winning?" when playing rock/paper/scissors. Students will discover the theoretical and experimental probabilities of the timeless game.
Common Core Standard: 7.SP.8 (and more)
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Description: Students will use integers to explore the dangers of credit cards. Students will "shop" and then learn what happens to your debt when you only make minimum monthly payments.
Common Core Standard: 7.NS.1 (primary), 7.NS.2 (primary),

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Description: Students will pick their favorite delicious combinations of food and compare prices of competing brands to find the better buys.
Common Core Standards: 7.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3
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Description: Students will become math detectives as they use proportional reasoning and graphing skills to figure out who could have stolen the newly bought cell phone.
Common Core Standard: 7.RP.2 (and many more)
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The quickest way to get your students engaged in math in a deep and meaningful way is to use authentic instruction that relates math to the real world. Preferably the real world math should involve real world interests that students actually care

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Description: In this lesson students will design the floor plan for a dream bedroom using a scale factor.
Common Core Standard: 7.G.1
Materials: None
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(1) Students will be able to use a scale factor to convert actual

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Description: Students will create a business and a product to "sell" and perform algebraic math to calculate revenue, sales, profit, and other necessary business calculations with variable products sold.
Common Core Standard: 7.EE.1,

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Description: Students work together to discover how many different boxes can be made and what sized box will be the cheapest to package a new toy ooze in. Students will be comparing the volume and surface area of the boxes along the way and gaining

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Description: Students will fake shop and then discover if there is really a difference between saving one large discount or two discounts in a row. Is 25% off a 25% discounted price the same things as 50% off?
Common Core Standard: 7.RP.3

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Description: What can you learn about skateboarding by examining the angle of the board during various tricks? You might be surprised.
Common Core Standard: 7.G.5 (and others)
Materials: Protractor (optional)
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Description: Students will collect data from their classmates, graph it and then decide if the data from their sample represents a larger population.
Common Core Standard: 7.SP.1 (and others)
Materials: None
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Description: Students collect data and compare the differences between boys and girls to gain new insights. A mathematically tame battle of the sexes.
Common Core Standard: 7.SP.4 (and others)
Materials: Measuring device (optional)
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Description: Students estimate the likelihood of experiences and events happening in their life or the lives of others. Students then record the actual probabilities in fraction and decimal form and see how close they got.
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Description: Students will play a game based on chance involving dice. They will then try to determine a strategy to win based on the probability of the dice rolls. Can the students find a better way to win?
Common Core Standards: 7.SP.6 (and

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Description: Students will listen to music and mathematically discover how important the chorus is to the make-up of the song. Will math help us explain why they get stuck in our heads?
Common Core Standard: 7.RP.1 (and more)
Materials: 4 songs, a

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Description: The only way to learn the division of fractions is with candy (actual or manipulatives). Students will gain a conceptual understanding while enjoying the process.
Common Core Standard: 6.NS.1
Materials: Candy OR a representation of

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Description: Students will observe what 3-Dimensional shapes make up the world around them - they will surprised at what they find! They will then make the shapes and discover the cross sections inside.
Common Core Standard: 7.G.3 (and

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Description: Students will visually and mathematically compare two sets of data to gain new insights into how much overlap two sets of data have.
Common Core Standard: 7.SP.3 (and others)
Materials: Data to compare (two players/teams points

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

8 years Teacher Middle Grades Math Speaking At Multiple Conferences About Real-LIfe Based Instruction

MY TEACHING STYLE

I use a variety of styles in my room from direct instruction, groupings, inquiry based learning, and more - but the key is I always try to incorporate real-life math and try to show my students where math is in their real world.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Spoken at Ohio Council of Teaching Math conference to a standing room only room. Spoken at Battelle's Great Teachers Make Great Schools Conference Spoken at Association for Middle Level Education National Conference.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Ma.Ed. in Instructional Technology completed in 2010 Ba.Ed. in Mathematics Instruction for grades 4-9 completed in 2006

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love: Jesus, my wife, sons and daughter, teaching, creating, technology, web design, and all apple products.

GRADES

5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}

SUBJECTS

Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Statistics