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This eight page geometry handout explains how to use three different items to construct angles – 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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This handout includes three lesson plan templates; one is a generic; whereas, the other two are specifically designed for mathematics (elementary or secondary) and reading.
Checklists are featured on all three plans. Examples are: Bloom’s

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Number Tiles is a 23 page booklet containing 15 different math problem solving activities for grades 5-8 that range from addition and multiplication, to primes and composites, to exponent problems, to using the divisibility rules. Since the students

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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.
They

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This five page handout breaks down the six levels of Bloom's into workable, friendly parts, using the familiar story of The Three Little Pigs; with the purpose of having your students comprehend and make use of Bloom’s. This resource may also

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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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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 four page comprehensive checklist walks you through 88 items which ought to be established before the first day of school; these items are categorized by standard operating procedures (i.e. beginning class, interruptions, etc.) and rules as

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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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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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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 geometry crossword puzzle features 25 different geometry terms with an emphasis on points, lines, and angles. Its purpose is to have students practice, review and use correct geometric vocabulary. It is a free-form crossword puzzle with the

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Spiders is a short mini reading and science unit with a math component in which students 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

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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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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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The questions on this four page test over the water cycle highlights all levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy – knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation and features questions on process skills as well as some from the

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This five page resource consists of various preparation activities for solving word problems by utilizing a grid with 26 words or phrases for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Seven activities and/or games which use the grid are

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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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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, Computer Science - Technology, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Education, Mathematics, Math Test Prep, Geography, Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Character Education, 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, Informational Text, Early Intervention