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Have your students join the FAUCET Support Group (Fractions Are Unceasingly Causing Extreme Terror). There is an announcement, a membership diploma, and three projects. These projects are designed to help students find fractions that they use in the
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After being frustrated with my new textbook's approach to teaching 7th & 8th graders math, I began creating my own notes and assignments. This packet (Proportional Equations combined with my free product), Proportional Tables, and Proportional
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The Notes are designed to teach the concept while following an example problem about hair growth on a cartoon Einstein. They point out important items, give background information, and add a few extra details when needed. They are easy to follow and
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Notes and 2 Practice Assignments Concepts included: Graphing proportional relationships from a variety of proportional representations Using a proportional graph to write a relationship's equation k = y/x y = kx Using two coordinates to graph a
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The first assignment is for students to practice using a proportional relationship's input and output values to find the constant of proportionality and then write the relationship's equation. The second assignment is one of many proportional
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My name is Toby Christian, and I live in Abilene, Texas. Although I am 48 years old, I just finished my 3rd year of teaching. I wish I had been teaching all along, but apparently my preparation required 25 years! During this 25 year "training" period, my employment ranged from an hourly position, to management, to being a business owner. I have spent time in the sales world, in production, distribution, and the non-profit realm. Literally every aspect of my past career helped humble me and prepare me to become a junior high teacher, especially being a salesman, a sales trainer, and a sales manager. These sales roles gave me an extremely valuable and effective training ground for dealing with teenagers and teaching them something they're not excited about (yet!).

MY TEACHING STYLE

I approach teaching math as if I were a coach (although I am not). I initially strive to develop their fundamentals and their confidence. As time goes on, I begin adding more difficult scenarios and word problems, eventually pushing them beyond their comfort zones. I use crazy stories, analogies, videos, and "mysterious" situations. Ultimately, in addition to teaching them the required math TEKS, my goal is to teach them and guide them in learning how to actually think.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Graduated from the LEAP magnet program at Lubbock High School in 1987. I then earned a BBA in Economics from Baylor University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am riddled with ADD. My wife is a principal (not in my district). My dad was a teacher, coach, and principal before retiring and becoming a secondary education professor. I played basketball at Baylor University from '87 to '91 (the goal seems much higher now and the shorts are much longer!).

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