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I knew from an early age that I loved mathematics: logic and reasoning, everything has its place. I wanted to teach so my students would love math as well. Let's eliminate "Math Anxiety" once and for all. May the Force be with you!
 
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book C: Algebra, Geometry, 2nd year HS Math (Grades 9 – 10) is for students taking algebra, geometry, or second year high school math. This resource includes 12 black-line masters (C1-C12) plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an answer
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Algebra, Geometry, Critical Thinking
Grades:
9th, 10th, Homeschool
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Master teacher Michael Serra knows students love to spot errors. What's Wrong withThis Picture? uses this enthusiasm to exercise the basic skills of geometry and visual thinking. What's Wrong with This Picture? is perfect for warm-up exercises,
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Geometry, Other (Math), Critical Thinking
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
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Examinations - Quizzes, Homework, Cooperative Learning
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Master teacher Michael Serra knows students love to spot errors. What's Wrong with This Picture? uses this enthusiasm to exercise the basic skills of geometry and visual thinking, perfect as warm-up exercises, homework, or group activities.Each page
Subjects:
Geometry, Other (Math), Critical Thinking
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Homework, Cooperative Learning
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book A: Pre-Algebra (Grades 7–8) is for middle school and high school students not yet taking beginning algebra.Mathercise™ takes 10 - 15 minutes and includes one reasoning exercise, one solving exercise, one sketching or graphing
Subjects:
Algebra, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment, Homework
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book B: For students taking Pre-Algebra, Algebra (Grades 8-9) or first year high school math.Mathercise™ takes 10 - 15 minutes and includes one reasoning exercise, one solving exercise, one sketching or graphing exercise, and space for a
Subjects:
Algebra, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Homeschool Curricula, Assessment
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book C: For students taking Algebra and Geometry (Grades 9-10) or second year high school math.Mathercise™ takes 10 - 15 minutes and includes one reasoning exercise, one solving exercise, one sketching or graphing exercise, and space for
Subjects:
Geometry, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Homeschool Curricula, Assessment
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book D: For students taking Advanced Algebra and Geometry (Grades 10-11) or second/third year high school math.Mathercise™ takes 10 - 15 minutes and includes one reasoning exercise, one solving exercise, one sketching or graphing
Subjects:
Geometry, Critical Thinking, Algebra 2
Grades:
10th, 11th, Homeschool
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book E: For students taking Advanced Algebra and PreCalculus (Grades 11-12) or third/fourth year high school math.Mathercise™ takes 10 - 15 minutes and includes one reasoning exercise, one solving exercise, one sketching or graphing
Subjects:
Calculus, Critical Thinking, Algebra 2
Grades:
11th, 12th, Homeschool
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book A: Pre-Algebra (Grades 7–8) is for students not yet taking beginning algebra. This resource includes 12 blackline-masters (A1-A12), plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an answer key. Mathercise™ takes 10 - 15 minutes and includes
Subjects:
Algebra, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
7th, 8th, Homeschool
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book A: Pre-Algebra (Grades 7 – 8) is for students not yet taking beginning algebra. This resource includes 12 black-line masters (A13-A24) plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an answer key. Mathercise™ takes 10 - 15 minutes and
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Algebra, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
7th, 8th, Homeschool
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book A: Pre-Algebra (Grades 7 – 8) is for students not yet taking beginning algebra. This resource includes 12 black-line masters (A25-A36) plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an answer key. Mathercise™ takes 10 - 15 minutes and
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Algebra, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
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7th, 8th, Homeschool
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book A: Pre-Algebra (Grades 7 – 8) is for students not yet taking beginning algebra. This resource includes 14 black-line masters (A37-A50) plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an answer key. Mathercise™ takes 10 - 15 minutes and
Subjects:
Algebra, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
7th, 8th, Homeschool
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book A: Pre-Algebra (Grades 7 – 8) is for students not yet taking beginning algebra. This resource includes 50 black-line masters (A1-A50) plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an answer key. Mathercise™ takes 10 - 15 minutes and
Subjects:
Algebra, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment, Homework
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book B: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, 1st year HS Math (Grades 8 – 9) is for students taking pre-algebra, algebra, or first year high school math. This resource includes 50 black-line masters (B1-B50) plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an
Subjects:
Algebra, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment, Homework
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book B: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, 1st year HS Math (Grades 8 – 9) is for students taking pre-algebra, algebra, or first year high school math. This resource includes 12 black-line masters (B1-B12) plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an
Subjects:
Algebra, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book B: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, 1st year HS Math (Grades 8 – 9) is for students taking pre-algebra, algebra, or first year high school math. This resource includes 12 black-line masters (B13-B24) plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an
Subjects:
Algebra, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book B: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, 1st year HS Math (Grades 8 – 9) is for students taking pre-algebra, algebra, or first year high school math. This resource includes 12 black-line masters (B25-B36) plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an
Subjects:
Algebra, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book B: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, 1st year HS Math (Grades 8 – 9) is for students taking pre-algebra, algebra, or first year high school math. This resource includes 14 black-line masters (B37-B50) plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an
Subjects:
Algebra, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment, Homework
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book C: Algebra, Geometry, 2nd year HS Math (Grades 9 – 10) is for students taking algebra, geometry, or second year high school math. This resource includes 50 black-line masters (C1-C50) plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an answer
Subjects:
Algebra, Geometry, Critical Thinking
Grades:
9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment, Homework
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By Michael Serra dba Playing It Smart
Mathercise™ Book C: Algebra, Geometry, 2nd year HS Math (Grades 9 – 10) is for students taking algebra, geometry, or second year high school math. This resource includes 12 black-line masters (C13-C24) plus tips, answer sheet masters, and an answer
Subjects:
Algebra, Geometry, Critical Thinking
Grades:
9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I was a public high school math teacher in San Francisco from 1969 - 2001. I wrote my own geometry curriculum using familiar objects like patty paper, tennis ball cans, and string. This classroom material became the textbook "Discovering Geometry". In addition to Discovering Geometry, I wrote Mathercise, What's Wrong with This Picture, Smart Moves, Pirate Math, and Patty Paper Geometry. All of the material was tested in my classroom and used by teachers worldwide. I continue to serve as a master teacher and mentor to other teachers. I taught professional development workshops with school districts and math conferences until 2017. I teach weekly at a San Francisco elementary school. Working with the fifth-grade class is the “highlight of my week.”

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe students learn with a greater depth of understanding when they are actively engaged in discovering concepts (inquiry learning). In today's world, the skills valued in all working environments are the ability to problem solve, express ideas, and to work as part of a team. I want my students to be engaged daily in doing mathematics and exchanging ideas in cooperative groups.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

- former President of the San Francisco Mathematics Teachers Association (SFMTA) - California Finalist Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (1997) - San Francisco Math Teacher of the Year (1996)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A., Mathematics, 1968, San Francisco State College Standard Secondary Teaching Credential, 1969, San Francisco State College M.S., Mathematics, 1976, College of the Holy Names California Community College Credential, 1977, College of the Holy Names CMC-N Asilomar conference every year for 40 consecutive years (except sabbatical year), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) national conferences (1989–2014).

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

- Speaker at NCTM and CMC conferences (1991-2016) - Mathematics and Science Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica (2002, 2006) - AMESA Conference, Durban, South Africa (June 2002) - Australian Math Teachers Association (May 2002) - Tasmanian public schools in Hobart, Tasmania (May 2002) - International Schools in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing, China (2004) - Math For America

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