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In these pages a word problem is given for which students must write an equation. They are specifically instructed not to solve that equation. The emphasis is placed on converting word problems to algebraic equations.

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Students are given various prompts and asked to write an inequality that models that prompt. They are not asked to solve the inequality they write.

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Find the distance between two points using the Pythagorean Theorem in the coordinate plane and problem situations. Also might make a good quiz.

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These four pages give an in depth explanation for the connections between solving equations with variables on both sides and the modeling of that process with algebra tiles.

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This page features 8 problems in which students are asked to identify the key features of quadratic graphs including zeros, axis of symmetry, vertexes, maximums and minimums, and y-intercepts. This page does not feature solving quadratic equations,

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Practice comparing and ordering real numbers by pairs of numbers, sets of numbers on a number line, and in problem situations.

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Students are given prompts and asked to write an equation that matches or models that prompt. They do not need to solve the equation.

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This is a collection of my solving equations content. It starts with detailed notes and is followed by practice problems that include modeling and solving equations with algebra tiles and solving without models. All content is 100% aligned to the

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TEKS 8.4B STAAR Prep

This page includes 4 problems which prompt students to model and solve an algebraic equation. The page also includes two summary problems for students to express their level of understanding.
While this page would be helpful in any algebra or

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On this page sets of four or five real numbers are given along with a blank number line.

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This is an assessment designed for middle and high school Algebra I students. It covers TEKS A.5A, A.5B, and A.5C. Topics include writing and solving equations and inequalities, the distributive and commutative properties, and literal equations.

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This page focuses specifically on comparing positive real numbers.

This is a notes page on the various types and properties of real numbers (natural, whole, integer, rational, irrational).

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This is a notes page on using the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points. It includes a solved sample problem and a couple of word problems you could work along with your students as examples.

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4 problems, followed by two summary questions. When given a model, write and solve the equation that matches.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am beginning my third year as a full-time public school teacher. I spent my first year teaching 7th grade at a Title 1 middle school in Houston and nearly quit in the middle of February. Some how I managed to land a job teaching 8th grade and algebra in suburban Round Rock the year after where I intend to stay for the foreseeable future. I've met with considerable success in Round Rock and have started making much of my own content, all of which is directly aligned to the TEKS which are themselves based on common core. I also teach number sense.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I use a combination of direct instruction and student led facilitation though I have yet to master either style or get the ratio right. Students need incentives, direction, crystal clear expectations, and space to figure things out for themselves so I try to provide those things.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I won a fellowship for an essay I wrote about disparate student motivations when I was in graduate school but otherwise nobody has noticed me in any official capacity.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned a graduate degree from St. Edward's University in Mathematics Education with a specialization in algebra education, hold an undergraduate degree in Humanities, and have earned 28 hours worth of undergraduate level mathematics.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I play guitar, meditate, and get lost on the internet in my spare time.

GRADES

6^{th}, 7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

SUBJECTS

Math, Algebra, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Math Test Prep, Statistics, Word Problems, Algebra 2, Decimals