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I give each and every one of my students this Pi Day greeting card upon entering my class every Pi Day! After handing each student a card and wishing each of them a Happy Pi Day, we review some facts about pi, and a brief history of pi (both

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After working with the 4 basic operations with fractions, some students inevitably confuse the "rules". This foldable study guide is designed to provide students with a visual, parallel comparison of the basics for adding, subtracting, multiplying

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This BIG HUGE PUZZLE measures 14 inches by 14 inches when complete! Students match up simple fractions, decimals and percents to demonstrate understanding of basic conversions. Works great as a pairs activity, an anchoring activity, or even, at this

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"Write-Around" is a strategy I enjoy using when Algebra becomes "multi-step"! Groups of no more than 5 students are given these sheets such that every student starts with a different problem. Each student only solves the NEXT step of the problem,

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Early Algebra students often find new and unfamiliar vocabulary to be challenging. Once students define "term", "constant", "coefficient", and "like terms", hold them accountable through this engaging activity.
First, cut the terms on Page 1 and

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Whew! Teaching algebra students how to solve multi-step equations can be overwhelming for all parties involved! To help "chunk" the sheer volume of material and examples, consider these foldable paper note-taking guides. Note taking guides

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I developed this "bell ringer" out of my own need to formatively assess my students. Sometimes gaining meaningful feedback from students during a lesson is difficult, because they don't know what they don't know! This simple form provides the

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This game is a winner with middle school students! "Trick" your students into basic integer addition practice by giving them a reason to WANT to do the problems (to keep score for their team).
Generally I structure this as a whole-class activity,

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"Percent of Change" is not generally intuitive to students. Handing them a formula too soon can be detrimental to their understanding of how percent increase and decrease actually work.
Using this investigation will help students conceptually and

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A twist on error-analysis, these problems have already been "worked out by other students." YOUR students have the privilege of "grading" each paper, identifying errors, and providing constructive feedback. Some problems are correct, but other's

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Spice up your warm-up time by using a "4-Corners" strategy. Using 4 different sets of similar problems, students work individually on a brief set of problems (students don't realize that there are 4 different versions of the problems yet!) Then,

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A twist on the traditional "matching" assessment, these quizzes assess students' understanding of basic number properties. Page 1 is more appropriate for higher level students, and page 2 assesses the more fundamental properties.
First, students

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Every year, when I present The Distributive Property using only numerical expressions, students argue... "Why can't we just use the Order of Operations?" To tell them they need the Distributive Property later in Algebra is not an acceptable answer,

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The Pi Chain Challenge is a novel and competitive way to explore what an irrational number looks like. This challenge would be the perfect addition to any Pi Day activities you may already do in your classroom. This activity can easily be adapted

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This BIG HUGE PUZZLE measures 14 inches by 14 inches when complete! Students match up simple square roots to demonstrate understanding of simplifying radicals. Works great as a pairs activity, an anchoring activity, or even, at this size, as an

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When students initially study the concepts of fraction, ratio, rate and unit rate, it's important to relate the concepts, yet clearly express their subtle differences. Using this graphic organizer to help students clarify these concepts provides a

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The concepts of "relation" and "function" are very vocabulary-rich! Students sometimes struggle with all of the synonyms... inputs, x-values, domain, independent variable... and so on! I designed this "representations mat" to help students see and

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Students feel empowered when they construct their own understanding of a new mathematical concept.
Rather than give students a textbook definition of "perfect square" or "square root", I've used this resource to help them discover the concepts

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've never been able to stick with the textbook...! I have sixteen years of teaching experience including teaching mathematics to middle school and high school students, as well as serving as a "Math Coach/Specialist", working with hundreds of students and their teachers in one of Pennsylvania's largest districts. I transitioned to Austin, Texas, where I am teaching 8th grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra I in a 1:1 iPad classroom. Check out my blog for up-to-date classroom happenings! mathycathy.com/blog

MY TEACHING STYLE

My high-energy teaching style and desire to keep all students engaged ensures variety in instructional techniques and resources. The resources I create evolve from my students' specific needs and my desire to keep them engaged and excited about mathematics! I hope you see this through the variety of resources I have posted here at TPT!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I earned my Master of Science in Education with a 4.0 average in the area of Classroom Technology. I have been trained in the Success For All Foundation's "Power Teaching"! I am a proud member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2013. I recently published 20 interactive middle school math lessons with Nearpod, an amazing app!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my Bachelor of Science in Education at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Secondary Education/Mathematics. I received my Master of Science in Education from Wilkes University in Classroom Technology.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Middle school mathematics is what I most love to teach! I started my teaching career working exclusively with 7th graders for 6 years. I also taught SAT Preparation courses through our local Penn State University, and taught at-risk high school students in a Saturday and summer program through Penn State as well. I did quite a bit of private math tutoring with students from grades 6 through 12 over the years. After 3 years as a stay-at-home-mom, I returned to full-time teaching as a math coach/specialist for 3 years, working with teachers and students in 3 middle schools in one of Pennsylvania's largest school districts. I moved to Austin, Texas and currently teach 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in my own classroom again. I admit it.... I can't "just" use the textbook! From the start of my career, I have created my own resources based on student need, student engagement, and student motivation, and have shared many of these successful creations here on TPT. Enjoy!

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1^{st}, 2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff

SUBJECTS

Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Science, Math Test Prep, For All Subject Areas, Statistics, Word Problems, Algebra 2, Basic Math, Mental Math, Decimals