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This is a homework log sheet that my students use when they come to class with an incomplete homework assignment. It puts all the responsibility of the "missing" homework on the student. It stays in my classroom (in the student portfolios) and
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A common question students ask about math is: “When are we gonna have to use this?” or “Why do we need to know how to do this?” Well, now is the chance for your students to answer their own questions! After my first class completed this project, I
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If you are looking for an easy lesson plan template, check this one out! Open the preview file to understand how my template works. If you have questions, feel free to ask before purchasing! If you do download this file, make sure to “Save
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This is an in-class project that can be done after reading Jon Scieszka's beautifully illustrated book MATH CURSE. Illustrations are done by Lane Smith. This project takes two days. On the first day, read MATH CURSE to the class and explain the
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Students are given a generic cereal (I used Cheerios) and told to create the most cost-efficient and desirable packaging to attract consumers to buy their cereal over their competitors (their classmates!) Each group finds out their profit
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If you are teaching/reading the book TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom, here is a list of his aphorisms found throughout the book. I'm not sure if this is all of them, but its a good handout to go along with the book!
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This is a game that I've created to help my middle school students practice their multiplication facts in a more "fun" way. This game, as prepared, practices multiplying positive and negative numbers 1-12. However, it can be modified according to
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Here is a fun project/lesson on misleading graphs! The preview file I've included is necessary for teaching the lesson. I've made it the preview because the graphs I use are not my own--I found them on the web. I have listed the original author
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This math autobiography is an excellent way to get to know your students on the first day of school! It is a way for them to express their feelings to you about math, including their fears and their shining math moments. It also gives them a
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Kids create self-portraits using proportions devised from data collection of their daily habits--a VERY fun project for the teacher and the students! This is one of my FAVORITE in-class projects! It spans about 2 days, maybe more, depending on
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This is a fun addition to the end-of-the-year yearbook that most schools offer their students. It is a way to share a memorable moment that everyone can look back on in years to come!
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These lecture notes are ideal for students who have trouble understanding the traditional "number line" method for adding and subtracting integers. My students have nicknamed it the "Pancake Stack Method" so that is what I call it in these notes.
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This is a Jeopardy(R) - like game, but due to Jeopardy(R) being a trademarked game show, I call this "Pojardy." Exciting, fun, and can keep your class working together for over an hour! Check out the preview file, and send me a message if you
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This activity is a fun way for students to discover PI. Most students can tell you that PI is 3.1415926...but, how many can tell you HOW you can determine PI? This activity has the students discover PI in a fun and physical way. There is a
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This is a card game that uses the idea of positive and negative integers (and absolute value) to create "zero pairs". There are a number of different versions of this game, here is one I have prepared.
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This file is the basic properties of Algebra, one property per page. This can be enlarged to larger poster sized paper (at Kinko's) or printed on 8.5x11 sheets of paper. I had them on 8.5x11 sheets of paper in my classroom, and to be honest, they
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This project is great for an end-of-year review in Pre-Algebra. It is a way for the students to review all of the main topics in the curriculum (done by filling out the Topics Chart) and then review each topic, as a class, in a fun student-led
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This is a homeroom/advisory activity that is done to help students manage goals. The areas are academic, social, personal, and physical. To start this activity, I usually share with my students my own goals in those areas. This way they have an
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Before standardized testing, I give the students a quick overview of story problems using slope-intercept form and standard form. I find those are the most common, and when students understand those two, their overall understanding of algebraic
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I have found a Dr. Seuss book that demonstrates the idea of linear equations. I started the lesson by reading the book to the students and creating linear equations to follow the storyline. Then we created our own, following a model I put
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I currently teach Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry to 7th and 8th graders near Chicago. I have been teaching since 2004, and I have noticed that many of the units I'm looking for aren't already bundled in a nice package...so I made them myself! To help YOU, my fellow teachers, find the "bundles" I've been looking for! I have put much time into creating my supplemental materials and units. Through sharing and observation of my self-created lessons, colleagues have suggested that I find a way to share the materials I have created. I hope you find my materials helpful! PLEASE email me at: redbeetlerb@gmail.com if you have questions! If you have suggestions for my materials, please let me know. If I agree, I'll fix it and send you back an updated version.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I follow them middle-school philosophy and team teach on a block schedule that loops (I teach the same 8th graders that I taught in 7th grade). That means that most of my lessons are geared towards a 70/90 minute block of time, while my classes meet 3 or 4 times a week. The lessons can be adjusted to fit whatever schedule you have, though. As teachers, I think we learn time management and adjusting to the speed of our classes right away! I aim to present content in a way that I think the students will "experience" more of the math, making connections and discoveries on their own, and therefore remember it.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been part of a school that has won major awards in my time there. We have won the AIMS Demonstration School of Distinction (Local Affiliation of NMSA), National Blue Ribbon Award, and the Horizon School to Watch Award in the past 6 years. Personally I have been awarded three grants and the team I work on won a Teams that Excel award from the Illinois State Board of Education. I have presented at two conferences and my school was asked to host an AIMS conference due to receiving the School of Distinction status. I have also obtained my National Board Certification in 2011.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I completed high school in the Northern suburbs of Chicago. I then headed out to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed an undergraduate degree in Cinematography. This degree has helped me in the are of technology, which I include in my lessons as often as I can. However, it is more of a hobby now. Then I completed my Master of Arts in Teaching degree at National-Louis University. I now teach pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry curricula. I also teach graduate Middle Level Education courses at National-Louis University that focus on adolescent development and curriculum development.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I always rely on the discipline methods of Love and Logic in my classroom. I have attended workshops and read the books, and my advice to anyone (new teacher or old) who hasn't read up on this philosophy yet, do so! Of course, mold it to your own management style, but its definitely worth your time! Oh, and feel free to contact me with any questions you have about any of my products before buying them. You can write to me at redbeetlerb@gmail.com. Or visit my blog, which links you directly to my contact information!