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This eight page geometry handout explains how to use three different items to construct angles â€“ coffee filters, plastic plates, and your fingers. Each item or manipulative is inexpensive, easy to make, and simple for students to use. All of the

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Do you need a lesson plan that is easy to use, and yet is acceptable to turn into your principal or supervisor?
This handout includes three lesson plans developed for my education student teachers. One is a generic lesson plan; whereas, the other

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This resource contains nine, brief, succinct checklists which are written as a guide so that during parent/teacher conferences you, the teacher, have specific items to talk about (besides grades); so, you can be specific and to-the-point.
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Number Tiles is a 23 page booklet containing 15 different math problem solving activities for the grades 5-8 that range from addition and multiplication, to primes and composites, to exponent problems, to using the divisibility rules. Since the

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Bug Ya is a math game that provides motivation for the learner to practice addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts as well as a review money. It is a fun game that is easy to adapt to any grade level, or for a whole class, or a small group

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Updated Terms Used in this Handout!
Are you tired of trying to figure out which level of Bloom's is which? Is it possible to do a better job of writing assessment questions using Bloom's Taxonomy? This five page updated handout breaks the six

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Finding the lowest common denominator, changing denominators, not changing denominators, finding a reciprocal, and reducing fractions to lowest terms are complex issues and often very difficult concepts for mathphobic students. Although fractions

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Roll and Calculate is a math game designed to practice the addition and subtraction of positive and negative numbers. Two players take turns rolling two dice numbered 1-6 and then add or subtract the numbers based on the placement on the game board.

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This 23 slide power point talks about water and its uses in the home, agriculture, industry, transportation, and recreation. How to conserve water is discussed, and key vocabulary is introduced. A circle graph is used to show just how little fresh

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Research has shown that a well run first few days of school can in fact trigger higher levels of student achievement. But no matter how much we prepare, one or two things may be overlooked. This four page comprehensive checklist walks you through 88

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This is 29 page resource uses dominoes as a manipulative for activities that include four digit place value, using the commutative property, problem solving, reducing proper and improper fractions and practicing multiplication and division facts.

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This is a ten page short mini reading/science unit in which the reader will learn many interesting facts about spiders. How are spiders different than insects? What is an orb web? Are all spiders poisonous? How does the spider not get stuck in her

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Big Number is a place value math game that requires critical thinking and reasoning skills and provides motivation for the learner to practice place value by positioning random numbers on a game board to obtain the greatest number. Seven game boards

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Think Tank Questions encourage students to use critical thinking skills such as inquiry and reasoning while urging them to gather information and assess answers based on their experience and/or prior knowledge. They may be used to make constructive

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The questions on this four page test over the water cycle highlight all levels of Bloom's Taxonomy: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. It features questions on process skills as well as some from the sequence

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Word problems seem to cause many students to go to pieces! However, beginning with words and phrases, students can be taught how to make sense of a word problem. This five page handout consists of various preparation activities. A grid with 26 words

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Number Tiles is a 23 page booklet containing 17 different math problem solving activities for the primary grades that range from simple counting, to even and odd numbers, to greater than or less than to solving addition and subtraction problems.

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This 30 page math dictionary uses easy and clear definitions as well as formulas and examples so that students can learn and understand new math words without difficulty or cumbersome language. Most definitions include diagrams and/or illustrations

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Red Light/Green Light is two addition/subtraction math games in one and focuses on either addition with regrouping (carrying) or subtraction with renaming (borrowing). It will engage the students plus give the teacher a quick assessment of who

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching since "the earth cooled". My husband is a teacher as well, and together we have over 80 years of teaching in the elementary, middle school, high school and college areas. My focus is mathematics while my husband's is science. We never want to do anything else because we love it! My teaching style is hands-on and energetic while using diverse teaching strategies. I try to teach ordinary things in extraordinary ways.

MY TEACHING STYLE

For the last five years I have taught at the college level working with "mathphobics" and elementary teachers to-be as well as with teachers who are in the Transition to Teaching program. I have taught Math Methods, Science Methods, Developmental Math, and Algebraic Concepts as well as supervising student teachers and being a peer coach. I just began teaching a new class called "Math Study Skills" which is a one hour course on how to study math. Students are always surprised that studying math is so different than studying for other subjects.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

AWARDS 2014 Outstanding Instructor of Math - Award from the community college where I teach PUBLICATIONS McDowell, K., & Rauch, V. Teacher work samples: What are we really measuring? Accepted for publication in The Advocate (Fall 2005).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

1997-2005 Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA. 95521. Workshops presented locally by Creative Mathematics. 8 hours of graduate work in teaching mathematics, grades K-8. 1983-94 Wichita, State University, Wichita, Kansas 67208. Masters in Elementary Education with an emphasis in math and technology. Have ten additional graduate hours not counted towards the degree. 1969-71 Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210. 27 graduate hours 1964-67 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701. Graduated with honors, BSed. Major: Elementary Education Minor: Mathematics

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

RECENT PRESENTATIONS Rauch, V. (2013) A Potpourri of Teaching Ideas. Butler Community College, El Dorado, KS. (2 hour workshop for instructors) Rauch, V. (2011). Teacher Tips You Won't Forget. Butler Community College, El Dorado, KS. (2 hour workshop for instructors) Rauch, V. (2011). Effective Strategies for Teaching Math. Butler Community College, El Dorado, KS.(2 hour workshop for instructors)

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PreK, Kindergarten, 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, Not Grade Specific

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English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Basic Principles, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Physics, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Special Education, Other (Specialty), Curriculum & Instruction, Education, Mathematics, Math Test Prep, Geography, Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Study Skills, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Algebra 2, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Early Intervention