Student Centered Mathematics

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We know that reading and writing are important skills for any discipline or career. Bring some real-world research experience to your advanced 8th grade classroom or high school math class by teaching them how to apply statistics. Students will
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Make practice fun for artistic students my using a color by numbers format. Students solve for y to change standard form linear equations into slope intercept form and then color the picture according to the answer key. I use this in class just to
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Goal: understand slope conceptually and calculate slope through any two points. How do you plan to make the ratio of rise to run hands on and visual for students? How about by asking them to create zip lines? In this activity students will work
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Start this lesson as soon as students walk in by playing the song - "What does the Fox Say?" and you set the tone for the day. What does the graph say when you read it for meaning - rate of change and initial amount? This lesson is another in a
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One of the focuses of 7th grade equations is fluency in solving two step equations. One of my classes is having trouble with fluency so I made these quiz, quiz, trade cards for this class. You print the cards front to back so the equation for
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Use this four question self assessment with your students so they can determine their own mastery of calculating arc length and area of sectors. Research has proven that student self assessment of mastery is more effective than grades or assessment
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This project combines the mathematics of slope with percent grade and angle of elevation. Then, students apply the science process of engineering to design and tinker with a launcher that demonstrates the physics of projectiles and parabolic
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These task cards are an excellent way to get students up and moving around the room while having productive conversations about the steps in solving equations. I use these as my bellwork for several days in a row to build automaticity in key
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These task cards are an excellent way to get students up and moving around the room while having productive conversations about the steps in solving equations. I use these as my bellwork for several days in a row to build automaticity in key
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The goal of this lesson is to introduce exponential decay functions and build on student knowledge of linear functions with negative slope. Students will examine the structure of a linear function and compare it to the structure of an exponential
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How do you teach calculating slope with the formula y2-y1/x2-x1 while making real world connections to rate of change and the meaning of slope. Use this activity as part of your exploration of slope to connect linear patterns of change in the real
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Bring Scale Models to Life, just in time for the Holidays!! This project is one I used with my students last year as we learned about similar figures and scale models during our proportional reasoning unit. The really cool part was that the
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Use data from a real research study to develop a linear equation used to predict time of death based on core body temperature. Then solve the murder of Mr. Body using your equation. Students love that the data is real and the game is afoot! Watch
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Bring some real world experience to your classroom with this project that turns your students into investment advisors working for clients to reach a 10 year financial goal. Students must choose from a selection of simple and compound investments
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Help students to make connections between distributive property and geometry through the use of area models (area of rectangles). Using visual models to demonstrate the distributive property helps struggling learners understand conceptually.
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Use student knowledge of linear functions, their pattern and structure, to introduce exponential growth functions. With this activity students will compare linear growth to exponential growth and understand why exponential growth eventually
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I created over 150 lessons that cover the entire 8th Grade curriculum outlined in the Common Core Standards. These lessons are available for free on the website betterlesson.com. To access all these free lesson plans simply open the document and
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A focus of the functions unit in both 8th grade math and algebra I includes an understanding of the definition of a function. Students need to identify relations that are functions from a table, a list of ordered pairs, and a graph. This learning
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The illegal use of Human Growth Hormone to dope athletes is in the news with professional and Olympic athletes on a regular basis. I created this statistics activity to capitalize on student curiosity with this illegal action in particular with the
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In teaching algebraic thinking we want to use multiple representations to engage students in understanding a situation or a solution process. The multiple representations include: Numeric Tables, Algebraic Expressions/Equations, Graphs, and
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught math for 11 years in Warren County Schools teaching both in middle schools and in high school. I have participated in several projects that partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation including the Mathematics Design Collaborative. I am a master teacher on Betterlesson.com crafting an entire 8th grade curriculum which is available for free to download. I am also a common core advocate with Achieve the Core. Prior to teaching, I earned a marketing degree and worked in the children's wear division of Fruit of the Loom managing licensed character products.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I try to attain a student centered approach to teaching incorporating small group work into every aspect of my class. Students work daily with partners to discuss math concepts and work through the complexities of mathematics. I also incorporate project based learning in order to give students real world experiences with the application of mathematics. I try not to lecture about how to do math but instead help guide students to make connections between the many skills and concepts that form the discipline of mathematics.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Master Teacher - Better Lesson Excellence in Teaching Award - Campbellsville University

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Western Kentucky University Degree Name Master of Arts in Education Field Of Study Principalship Dates attended 2008 – 2011 Western Kentucky University Degree Name Bachelor of Arts (BA) Field Of Study Middle Grades Math Education Dates attended 2003 – 2006 Western Kentucky University Bachelor of Science (BS) Field Of Study Marketing Dates attended 1996 – 2000

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