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The mysterious disappearance of Inspector Quadro leaves several case files incomplete and unsolved. Students are called upon to gather evidence to unmask the identity and area of the mysterious quadrilaterals.
This versatile activity includes

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14 page checklist includes BOTH Part 1 (Linear)and Part 2 (Non-Linear).
I created this checklist as a review guide for my students in Algebra 1, but it also serves well as a pre-assessment for Algebra 2. There are 56 basic algebra skills, separated

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8 posters and a student/parent handout (all 8.5"x11") depicting the eight common core standards for mathematical practice.
These math practice standards are common for all grade levels, but my poster illustrations are definitely algebraic in focus,

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24 Pages. This unit on scatterplots and trend lines is designed to accompany the study of linear functions. It is fully aligned with the Common Core Standards. Students should already be familiar with the following:
* Writing equations of lines

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This color coded study guide helps students learn and recall the properties of circles. One side covers the relationships of angle measures and arc measures. The other side illustrates properties of segment lengths.
If color printing is not an

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14 pages, aligned with common core standards.
The performance task is an alternative type of assessment that asks students to actively engage in creating a product that demonstrates his knowledge or skills. In this case, students are asked to

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A mountain climber relies upon his ability to throw a grappling hook in order to reach the next plateau.
This performance task requires students to demonstrate understanding of quadratic functions by modeling vertical motion with quadratic

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I created this checklist as a semester review for my students in Algebra 1. There are 32 skills from the first half of an algebra 1 course, each with a sample exercise. Topics cover order of operations through linear systems:
1. Using Order of

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Set up for a high school geometry course, but I use this layout for all my classes. Includes space for course description, supply list, student expectations, grading policy, calculator guidelines, etc.
The file was created using Microsoft

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In this task, students are asked to interpret a mapping scenario and distinguish appropriate types of measurement strategies. In order to do this effectively, they must recognize that both shapes and angles need to be broken down into familiar

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7 pages. I created this project to be a self-directed unit for my geometry students in the transformations chapter. Students learn new terminology: image, preimage, isometry, reflection, line of symmetry, rotation, translation, glide reflection,

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35 slides showing multiple representations of functions: equations, graphs, verbal descriptions, situations in context, and data sets. Students are challenged to identify the function by family: linear (growth/decay), exponential (growth/decay), or

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I created this checklist as a second semester review for my students in Algebra 1. There are 24 skills from the SECOND half of an algebra 1 course (Non-linear Functions), each with a sample exercise. Topics covered include:
1. Writing Ratios and

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I use this performance task assessment at the conclusion of our unit on triangle properties. Ultimately the unit is about making strategic use of mathematical tools, an idea that is explored through the following content items:
* Perpendicular

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A job supervisor assigns the task of presenting the best analysis of the 'boxing' potential for a 16"x20" piece of cardboard.
This performance task requires students to demonstrate understanding of rectangular prisms and modeling volume with

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've taught high school and middle school mathematics in many settings: public, private, urban, suburban, and rural. I have also worked in an instructional and editorial capacity for Pearson Education. I've benefited from the leadership of some extraordinary mentors throughout my career and I look forward to sharing my expertise with you.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Mathematics has wonderful depth and intrigue. I find that cooperative learning, performance tasks, writing, and exploration are all wonderful tools for driving the content to a place where synthesis and analysis can happen. I strive to identify and explore big ideas and essential questions in all topics.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My original classroom materials have received accolades from my colleagues, students, and parents wherever I go.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA, Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA) MEd, Barat College (Lake Forest, IL)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Hi everyone! I am loving the creative outlet and peer review that TpT provides me. Your feedback and comments are immensely useful and welcomed. I hope my materials are helpful to you. In general, I submit items in a non-editable pdf format. Please contact me if you would like something edited for a specific purpose. I'm happy to oblige on an individual basis.

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English Language Arts, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Calculus, Geometry, Graphing, Science, Special Education, Mathematics, Math Test Prep, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Word Problems, Study Skills, Problem Solving, Algebra 2, ESL / ELL / EFL, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter, Valentine's Day, Tools for Common Core