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Master addition with Launch, Stage 1, Book 1. Launch is a uniquely structured set of self-correcting puzzles which emphasize how numbers combine. These puzzles have been designed to engage and challenge the student, while promoting independence.
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There is no need for an answer key! Self-correcting puzzles promote independence alongside proficiency. Can be used for whole class instruction, in Math Centers, or as supplements. Perfect for stand alone worksheets. Three types of puzzles which
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Master addition and subtraction with Launch, a uniquely structured set of self-correcting puzzles which emphasize how numbers combine. These puzzles have been designed to engage and challenge the student, while promoting independence. Practicing
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Master subtraction with Launch, Stage 1, Book 2. Book 2 applies some of the same self-correcting puzzle structures to subtraction as Book 1 did for addition. Book 2 also pairs number lines with these puzzle structures to facilitate understanding.
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Triangular puzzles are used to first introduce addition fact families, then to show how addition and subtraction are related. The puzzle DUALS is introduced which requires students to consider addition and subtraction operations simultaneously.
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There is no need for an answer key! Self-correcting puzzles promote independence alongside proficiency. These puzzles are a followup to the puzzles in Stage 2 Book 1. Can be used for whole class instruction, in Math Centers, or as supplements.
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These puzzles require students to consider two operations at the same time. Students investigate how the products of numbers relate to their sums and differences. Students are introduced to the concepts of maximization and minimization by
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

8/2008-present Mathematics Lincoln Middle School, Pullman, WA • Created Summer outreach programs for parents • Conducted in-house and regional professional development for fellow teachers 8/2007-8/2008 Mathematics Winchester Thurston School, Pittsburgh, PA 8/1994-8/2007 Mathematics Pullman High School, Pullman, WA • Created Student-Centered, Lectureless Algebra Course (See publication in Mathematics Teacher for description) • Conducted in-house and regional professional development for fellow teachers 8/1997-8/2000 Mathematics Adj. Prof, WSU Dept of Pure and Applied Math • Taught one section of college calculus at the high school for one year, then maintained appt for occasional lecture 1995-1997 Teacher Ed Adj. Prof. WSU College of Education • Provided lectures in Mathematical Methods of Instruction Summers 1994/1995 Mathematics University of Idaho, Upward Bound • Designed and conducted tailored mathematics and physical science instruction for at-risk high school students 8/1990-8/1994 Mathematics Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet H.S., LAUSD • Designed and conducted hands-on mathematics curriculum for remedial students 8/1988-8/1990 Mathematics Reseda H.S., LAUSD • Created and conducted training modules for novice teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District 8/1986-6/1988 Mathematics Le Lycee Francais De Los Angeles • Instituted Calculus program 8/1984-6/1986 Computer Studies and Mathematics University of Maryland, European Division • Travelled extensively through Europe designing and conducting core Mathematics and Computer Science courses 8/1983-6/1984 Electronics Mount St. Joseph High School, Baltimore MD • Designed and conducted first year electronics course 8/1981-12/1981 and 8/1982-12/1982 Teaching Assistant for Topics in Biomedical Engineering Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University 8/1976-6/1977 Teaching Assistant in Models and Simulation Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University

MY TEACHING STYLE

Promoting student ownership of their own education

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Jaime Escalante Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

2011 - 2015 WSU Pullman, WA • BS Mechanical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude (senior project: Time-lapse High Speed Photographic Documentation of Surface Friction) 1975 - 1984 The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Baltimore, MD • PhD Biomedical Engineering (Thesis: Use of Multiple Training Paradigms for the Comparison of Tactile Speech Displays) 1969-1973 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA • BS Biology • Conducted research in primate visual systems

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MathFire products promote Number Sense and allow for classroom differentiation.

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