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The card match activity provides 9 expressions that require use of the distributive property and combining like terms to simplify.
The students are to cut the cards apart, simplify the unsimplified expressions using the distributive property and

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This worksheet presents 5 different real-world situations that can be represented by a linear equation. The worksheet is written with scaffolding questions and tables. Two of the problems ask for graphing of the situation. Most of the situations

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The card match activity provides 16 multiplication of monomial problems. The students cut the cards apart, multiply and simplify the unsimplified expressions. The students then match the simplified form to the unsimplified form and write the

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This product was created to help teach students how to write linear equations from word problems. The problems are modeled as slope-intercept equations. Often, it is difficult for students to learn this skill/concept.
The product starts with an

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I created these problems so that my students would see and understand different aspects of a real-life linear problem and to better understand slope.
With this product, there are four variations on the same worksheet, so they may be used in many

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This activity starts with the student calculating y-coordinates given the x-coordinates and the equations. The equations include some with positive slopes and some with negative slopes and provide the student with practice adding and subtracting

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This tabular graphic organizer was created to give students another way to practice solving literal equations (such as, formulas) for a given variable. For example, solving for rate (r) in the formula d = rt could be such a problem.
I find that

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This worksheet starts with the students listing the first 10 perfect squares which is a good practice for them to do so that they do not need to rely on the teacher for finding them.
The worksheet includes 11 radicals to be simplified and a

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This product was created to help students learn to solve multi-step linear equations that include fractions. The product is a tabular graphic organizer where the steps for setting up the equation (getting rid of the fractions) are described in the

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This product includes 33 word problems designed to illustrate six functions (linear, quadratic, absolute value, rational, radical, and exponential) in real-life scenarios. The problems are set up to be solved using a 4-box method that helps the

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This activity starts with the student calculating y-coordinates given the x-coordinates and the equations. The worksheet to complete this includes “workspaces” where the calculations may be completed, a column for the calculated y-coordinate, and a

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I created these graphic organizers to help my students learn how to divide polynomials using long division. I have found that some students take a long time to learn and have little success with the process. Using these graphic organizers should

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This worksheet was made so the students could practice finding the x- and y-intercepts from linear equations and, then, graph them.
The worksheet covers some background information that the students need to know about x- and y-axes and x- and

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With this activity, students may work individually or with a partner. The students get 16 toothpicks (preferably the flat ones so they do not roll around) and a copy of the recording sheet. The students make rows of squares with the toothpicks,

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This product was created to help students write equations from word problems that are based on a single math operation (either addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division).
For each problem, the problem is stated and it asks for an

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I created these templates to help teach my students how to solve word problems in mathematics. This product has 1) 3 different forms of the problem solving template, 2) a bookmark, 3) a flipchart (Promethean and as a pdf), and 4) a set of 8x11"

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This document may be used with interactive direct teaching, as a worksheet, or as a review.
It is especially useful for students who catch on to mathematics easily but may be used with any students.
It is considered "no nonsense" because, within

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This activity starts with the student calculating y-coordinates given the x-coordinates and the equations. The worksheet to complete this includes “workspaces” where the calculations may be completed, a column for the calculated y-coordinate, and a

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This product is a set of 24 flash cards that describe real-life scenarios that match one of six types of mathematical functions.
Students take turns identifying which function (linear, quadratic, exponential, absolute value, radical, or rational)

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching mathematics for 14 years at urban middle and high schools in Michigan. I have taught summer bridge classes, remedial math classes, pre-algebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, pre-calculus, and geometry.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I vary the strategies often so that the lessons reach as many students as possible. Although I use direct instruction for new material, I try to use student discovery and inductive reasoning as much as I can. I try to make learning fun, relevant and rewardingly successful. I use a lot of graphic organizers while teaching to help scaffold the students to proficiency.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My school's "Teacher of the Month" for January 2015 Served on Instructional Leadership Team from 2011-2013

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Teaching is my third career and is by choice! I have a chemical engineering background, was a patent agent, and, now, am a secondary math teacher. I have a Masters in the Art of Teaching with an emphasis on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. Besides my certification in math, I am also certified to teach chemistry.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have taught mathematics for 14 years in urban districts in Michigan. I have taught mathematics for 7th through 12th grades. I enjoy planning and creating activities and exercises. Usually, I create activities, worksheets, etc. because I am not able to readily find what I am looking for online or in textbooks. My students range widely in skill and knowledge within each class, so I find that I create scaffolding-type exercises as well as assignments that involve higher-ordering thinking.

GRADES

PreK, Kindergarten, 1^{st}, 2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, Homeschool, Not Grade Specific

SUBJECTS

English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, PreCalculus, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Biology, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Special Education, Other (Specialty), Other, Math Test Prep, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Statistics, Character Education, Word Problems, Instructional Technology, Problem Solving, Algebra 2, Basic Math, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Decimals, Place Value, For All Subjects, Classroom Community