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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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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 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 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 product was created to help teach students how to write linear equations from word problems. Often, it is difficult for students to learn this skill/concept.
The product starts with an example that the teacher may model for the student.

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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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 problems so that my students would better understand slope, how a steeper slope means the rate is faster, and finding slope from a graph. With this product, there are four variations of the same worksheet, so they may be used in

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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 card matching activity has cards with numbers in context (e.g., hours of sunshine each day: 9, 12, 7, 6) and matching cards with either the mean, median, or mode of the numbers.
The students determine the mean, median, or mode of the set of

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This graphic organizer was made to help my students solve quadratic equations by factoring, finding the solutions, and checking their answer. It was made to help them see the process, understand the big picture of solving by factoring and scaffold

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching mathematics for 12 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.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My school's "Teacher of the Month" for January 2015

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, but I have not had the opportunity to do so yet.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have taught mathematics for 12 years in urban districts in Michigan. I 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

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, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Special Education, Other (Specialty), Other, Math Test Prep, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Statistics, Word Problems, Instructional Technology, Problem Solving, Algebra 2, Basic Math, Writing, Mental Math, Decimals, Place Value, For All Subjects, Classroom Community