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This is a project appropriate for Algebra 2 students after graphs, and equations of polynomials have been covered. It has students algebraically, graphically, numerically, and verbally apply polynomials to a real world situation involving packaging.
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This witty project has the students utilize a number of Calculus concepts such as: Riemann sums, over/under approximations, the FTC, accumulation, average value and average rate of change. It has the students analyze student reading abilities and
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In this project, an evil city is planning on destroying Nawfolk using a Tsunami simulator. It is up to the AP Calculus team to find the location of the simulator in order to save the city. This activity covers topics from accumulation to the FTC
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This is a great project either before or after you are introducing linear programming. It walks students through the process in a real world setting. This project is also good to do during or after class and is content suitable for Algebra 1 or
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In trying to bridge the gap between our textbooks and the AP Calculus expectations, I felt that another unit needed to be created. For this reason, I developed this "Intro. to Calc." unit that takes place directly after a short "prerequisites" unit
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This is a project appropriate for Algebra 1 or Algebra 2 students. It allows students to be introduced to, or reaffirm their knowledge of, inverses through temperature measuring conversion equations. It is a great way for the students to
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This is a project that takes the students through two variations of the same problem involving quadratics. It allows the students to apply quadratics to a real world situation utilizing algebraic, numerical, graphical, and verbal representations.
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This project has the students determine which (of two) packaging models is most efficient in packaging a certain product for their school. It shows the students a real world use of rational functions and has them analyze those functions numerically
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In trying to bridge the gap between our textbooks and the AP Calculus expectations, I felt that another unit needed to be created. For this reason, I developed this "Intro. to Calc." unit that takes place directly after a short "prerequisites" unit
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This assignment was created in order to supplement topics that we felt our textbooks didn't cover adequately. This is an assignment that covers various aspects of polynomial graphs including: intercepts, end behavior, max/mins, domain/range,
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This project allows students to investigate a simple application of a linear equation. This investigation utilizes algebraic, numerical, graphical, and verbal representations of this application. It can be done in groups or individually, at home
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This is an interactive project where students compile simple data and review mean, median, mode, and range. The project eludes to the need for absolute value or squaring when calculating deviation. The second half of the project has students try
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Notecards that can be printed or cut out and matched. Very useful in reviewing Calculus in general or for preparing for the AP Calculus test. Topics span all of AP Calculus.
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This is a graphic organizer that not only shows students the thought process behind knowing when to use which method of factoring, but also provides them with examples on how to do so.
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The textbook necessarily overcomplicates conic sections. For this reason, I created a quick reader friendly notes page that can help students identify how to determine the shape and orientation of a conic given its equation.
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This is an active exercise where various pages are posted up around the room. Students start at an expression and have to locate its factored form in the room. Each answer gives them a letter. When all problems are solved, the letters will spell
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This activity has equations and graphs posted around the room. Students (or groups) will start at one equation and seek out its graph. Each answer has a letter associated with it. The letters will spell out a location (or secret password). For
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In trying to bridge the gap between our textbooks and the AP Calculus expectations, I felt that another unit needed to be created. For this reason, I developed this "Intro. to Calc." unit that takes place directly after a short "prerequisites" unit
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An interactive way for students to identify the slope given two points, identify the y-intercept, and find linear equations while identifying their own misconceptions. This activity also has two extension activities for students who are more
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This is an exercise that helps Algebra 1 students actively attempt to simplify expressions using basic exponent properties. The students will choose 25 out of 35 answers and paste them on their BINGO boards. The teacher will cut out 35 questions
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12 years teaching experience 12 years team leader experience in Algebra 1 through Calculus 3 6 years as department chair Clinical faculty for multiple practicum students Test taking and questioning strategies instructor 3 years of experience as an Adjunct Professor National Board certified Presenter for NMSI in AP Calculus AB

MY TEACHING STYLE

Very energetic, creative, funny teaching style. I enjoy the conceptual aspects of mathematics and like to focus my questioning on multiple methods and representations of mathematical ideas.

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Teacher of the year Voted "most entertaining" Awarded with 3 other teacher achievement awards (omitted due to specificity of the awards)

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BA in Philosophy (minor in Mathematics) MS in Secondary Education in Mathematics 21 post graduate credits (18 in Mathematics)

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