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About to dive into equations and algebra, but have a few students who need a little skill boost before they’re ready to start? This packet guides students through a review of selected prerequisite skills for solving one-step equations, weaving
Subjects:
Math, Algebra, Arithmetic
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Test Prep, Study Guides
\$4.99
1
Polynomial operations with a twist! Operation: Polynomial is a fun challenge in building polynomials from monomials and mathematical operations. Students will add, subtract, multiply, and divide monomials from a list to create “target”
Subjects:
Math, Algebra, Order of Operations
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Math Centers, Activities
\$1.85
1
Go beyond order of operations practice to reinforce what mathematical expressions are really expressing! This activity will have students breaking down expressions into the components that form them, and then re-building the expressions from verbal
Subjects:
Math, Algebra, Order of Operations
8th, 9th, 10th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Math Centers, Activities
CCSS:
HSA-SSE.A.1b
\$1.85
Help your students master radical expressioins while bolstering their skills with basic laws of exponents! This card sort activity will prompt students to compare several expressions involving rational exponents, matching those with equivalent
Subjects:
Math, Algebra, Math Test Prep
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Math Centers, Activities
CCSS:
HSA-APR.D.6
\$2.00
9
Starting a polynomials unit? Students a little fuzzy on what each part of a polynomial means? “What’s my Polynomial?” challenges students to solve a series of puzzles that describe particular polynomials. It’s up to your students to determine the
Subjects:
Math, Algebra
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Math Centers, Activities
CCSS:
HSA-SSE.A.1, HSA-SSE.A.1a
\$2.00
2
Teaching the elimination method for solving systems of equations for the first time? Need to review, remediate, or ease reluctant learners into the topic? This 3-page scaffolded activity helps students to recognize the elimination method in action,
Subjects:
Math, Algebra
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
HSA-REI.C.5, HSA-REI.C.6
\$2.25
Teaching the substitution method for solving systems of equations for the first time? Need to review, remediate, or ease reluctant learners into the topic? This 3-page scaffolded activity helps students to recognize the substitution method in
Subjects:
Algebra
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Assessment
\$2.25
1
A quick, fun activity for students just learning to create their own web pages. Students can use the two-page reference to review the basics of HTML tags and formatting, then practice their skills using three quick coding exercises with html,
Subjects:
Computer Science - Technology
Types:
\$1.75
3
A set of 45 Common Core-aligned geometry warmup questions over five beginning geometry topics to get your students thinking mathematically. Rather than asking students to determine a single correct answer, these questions have many possible
Subjects:
Geometry
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
\$2.75
5
Learning to program can be daunting for students just setting out on their programming journey, and that’s why many imaginative individuals have come up with ways to make it fun and easy to learn the basics of programming. This resource lists a
Subjects:
Computer Science - Technology
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Internet Activities, Printables
FREE
5
This two-page activity both reinforces the concept of real number subsets and introduces closure properties for the four basic operations, using a fun cooking theme. Students are tasked with using numbers as their ingredients and given operations
Subjects:
Math, Algebra, Numbers
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
HSN-RN.B.3
\$1.80
5
A set of guided notes and reflection questions about subsets of the real numbers, this mini booklet is framed as a journal of observations and is part of a growing series for various topics in algebra. In addition to quick checks for understanding
Subjects:
Algebra, Numbers
8th, 9th, 10th, 7th
Types:
Scaffolded Notes, Interactive Notebooks, Study Guides
CCSS:
8.NS.A.1
\$2.75
A review matching activity for pre-algebra students entering or preparing for an algebra course, this resource helps students to remember math skills that may have gotten the “slide” since they were first learned. Students will match each question
Subjects:
Math, Algebra, Math Test Prep
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
\$3.00
8
A set of 45 Common Core-aligned algebra warmup questions over five beginning algebra topics to get your students thinking mathematically. Rather than asking students to determine a single correct answer, these questions have many possible
Subjects:
Math, Algebra
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 7th
Types:
\$2.75
4
A daily form where students can reflect on their knowledge of a topic before and after a lesson. I have used this form with my middle school math classes both to informally assess students and their feelings on a topic and to spur discussion at the
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Assessment, Classroom Forms
FREE
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've worked for four years as a secondary math and computer science teacher in Arizona before returning to my native southern California. In addition I've directed and delivered adult computer literacy classes during my college years, along with teacher technology trainings and various tutoring experience. Currently I work with students at all grade levels on personalized supplementary math instruction and test prep, and am excited to be learning more about learning every day!

MY TEACHING STYLE

Growing and evolving--I'm at my best when building and building to improve my practice based on what I've learned about it. Knowing that students come into the classroom with a cornucopia of skillsets and ability levels, especially in a subject that sparks dread in the hearts of many adults, I highly value scaffolded instruction that brings difficult concepts into reach for every student.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Selected as district general educator representative for YUHSD Assistive Technology Team, to provide assistive tech support to both special and general educators in the district.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

A little bit of this and a smattering of that--before receiving my Master's in math education, I received my undergraduate degree in computer science and graduate degree in business from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. Go Mustangs!

I started teaching math and computer programming in 2011 after a stint in the software field, and developed a passion for using STEM to bridge achievement gaps and give kids from all backgrounds opportunities to succeed.

Off the clock I'm a reader, a writer, a gamer, a yarncrafter, a steampunk enthusiast, and a general geek. Also I serve the whims of an adorable pug-chihuahua evil mastermind.