Sandra Balisky

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"Deep creativity and analytical thinking are no longer optional; they are not luxuries but survival skills." -- S. Khan
 
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I designed this project for my Algebra 1 classes and loved the enthusiasm with which students of all levels received it. My students often put way more effort and creativity into projects than they ever did into their homework (!), and they had
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These guided notes lead into a dynamic, open-ended set of activities, designed for a variety of skill levels. This unit begins with one complete poster with four representations of a linear relationship (story problem, table, equation, and graph).
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This unit is made of 4 lessons. Each lesson includes full explanations for teachers and activities for students including printable journal pages for practice and learning games; the entire unit is designed to help foster number sense, mathematical
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If you are a teacher, tutor, or homeschooling parent looking for an engaging way to introduce your students to the foundations of Algebraic thinking, I believe that you will find this resource very helpful. Based on my experience teaching high
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This fully editable 39 page powerpoint will help you guide your students through the ins and outs of conditional statements (including conditionals, converses, inverses, and contrapositives). These guided notes show students, in a visual way, how
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I created this mini-book to provide my students an organized, clear, and simple way to take notes on a complex topic. This set of materials is designed to help students create their own review booklet on linear equations, tables, and graphs (or it
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Linear equations make up a large portion of the Algebra 1 curriculum and are often highly represented on end-of-year tests. Over the course of several years, I have developed a number of projects and review materials to help students master a solid
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This unit is made of 2 lessons. Each lesson includes full explanations for teachers and activities for students including printable journal pages for practice and learning games; the entire unit is designed to help foster number sense, mathematical
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This hands-on activity gives students the opportunity to interview others, collect and analyze data, and create bar graphs to visually represent the information. This activity can be used in math centers or one-on-one with students (K-2nd grade)
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This set of creative writing story prompts is a great resource for helping your students easily and enjoyably create interesting short stories. They can use these prompts/formula stories as an outline for a larger story, or just use these as-is
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This is a sample chapter from my full book on ten frames. This sample includes the full introduction and chapter 2, which provides guided teaching notes, hands-on activities, and journal template pages. The full ebook contains 4 lessons. Each
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This simple activity will help students practice artistic and fine motor skills (coloring, cutting, tracing, gluing) while learning 8 basic geometric shapes.
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Students will work with a partner to practice adding to 10 using ten frames. Instructions: Choose 2 players and assign each person a different color. You can use counting items such as pom-poms, beads, beans, scraps of paper, or simply draw on
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This activity can be used in math centers or one-on-one with students (K-2nd grade) to help them explore patterns in numbers on a hands-on number line. They'll love playing with "real tools" and counting Really Big Numbers. If some of these
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This hands-on activity challenges students to think creatively about ordinary objects and practice categorizing things within a (slightly) complex system. Opportunities for observation and self-initiated parameters are built into the activities.
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This simple science experiment includes a 3 page story for young kids about Archimedes and the golden crown with follow-up questions and a science experiment about comparing volumes of oddly-shaped objects through water displacement. This could be
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Dear preschoolers, Did you know that numbers and letters are hiding all around your house and neighborhood? Dear parents and teachers, Are you looking for a way to help your children learn their numbers and letters without using repetitive
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Preschoolers love playing at the park, and they can also love learning how to write :). The charts in this packet describe every letter of the alphabet (upper and lower case) in terms of something from a playground. Kids will feel like they’re
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught 7th - 12th grade math in 5 school districts, including one online academy. I have tutored math at for elementary math through Calculus and worked in childcare settings over the past 20 years. I am currently homeschooling my own children.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I hope to build and maintain an environment where learning can constantly flourish; my dream for my own children and any students I teach is that they would deeply understand math and know how to use it in meaningful situations without ever losing their love for learning and confidence in themselves as learners. In order to help our students (or children) become fluent in the language of math and grow into confident, happy learners, we need to provide them with a solid foundation in the fundamental elements of math. Students should be given the chance to explore key concepts in math through structured activities with plenty of room for questions and discovery. This will enable them to build their own solid framework of understanding – then they can more easily assimilate future concepts by connecting them to ideas they’ve already thought through and owned. When students can approach a question from several different entry points and confidently address new variations on a concept, they will be set up for a successful and enjoyable life-long experience with math.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was selected to work on our district-wide committee that developed a plan for integrating Common Core standards in math.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a double major in Math and English (with a focus in creative writing) and a Master’s in Teaching with an endorsement in Secondary Math, all from the University of Washington.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

As a mother who has transitioned from working in the classroom to educating her own children at home, I have a substantial (and growing!) storehouse of experiences, ideas, lessons, and projects to share with you all. I have created several series of activity-based lessons and have included explanations for how to teach concepts in an authentic, motivating way to your students or children; I will continue, in the coming months and years, to publish more lesson-packs covering a broad range of math topics, from pre-k through Geometry. I want to share these units with anyone looking for engaging, foundation-building, and authentic learning activities to set their children up for success in a STEM-centric world. Looking forward, we know that we need to prepare our children and students to function confidently in creative, innovative ways in the 21st century career field. I hope to be part of your journey as we work together to teach our children math in a way that empowers them to face this future, free from the shackles of math anxiety. You can find me at www.realworldlearners.com.

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