Teach More, Grade Less: How to Use Math Mazes in Algebra and Geometry Class
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Teach More, Grade Less: How to Use Math Mazes in Algebra and Geometry Class

Grading piles and piles of papers is the WORST. You think you’ve got some reprieve after a major algebra or geometry test… and then BAM. It’s a new unit, and you need to do loads of other tests and quizzes to ensure kids understand what you’re teaching them, which means even more endless grading. And…

3 Coloring Activities for Algebra and Geometry to Incorporate Creativity
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3 Coloring Activities for Algebra and Geometry to Incorporate Creativity

You never want it to happen, but it happens anyway. The light dims in the eyes of our artists whenever they walk into their unfortunately mandatory math class. And it doesn’t even always mean that they’re terrible at math! In fact, many of my artists were phenomenal at geometry and algebra. But it also doesn’t…

How to Connect Algebra to Real Life: a Gold Rush Exploration Activity
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How to Connect Algebra to Real Life: a Gold Rush Exploration Activity

You hear the whining during algebra class all the time.“When will we use this?” And you, as a lover of all things mathematics, kind of want to scream sometimes. Because you and I both know that no matter how abstract, all math concepts have practical applications to them. Even imaginary numbers, impractical as they sound,…

2 Above Average Activities for Teaching Mean, Median, and Mode in High School
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2 Above Average Activities for Teaching Mean, Median, and Mode in High School

Their palms are sweaty. Knees weak, arms are heavy.  Except there’s no mom’s spaghetti vomit on your students’ sweaters already (insert a hat-tip to Eminem). Only calculators on hand, adding up their grades so they can figure out their average in your class that term. It’s a real stomach-churning moment. What your students don’t realize…

How to Keep Students Laughing (at you) with these Algebra Jokes and Riddles Resources!
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How to Keep Students Laughing (at you) with these Algebra Jokes and Riddles Resources!

I remember it all too well. I would stand by the door. Close my eyes. Take a deep breath. Straighten my back to hide the nerves in my stomach. And walk into the room to teach my Algebra class. Don’t get me wrong – I love math. It’s the one language that makes any sense…

4 Ways to Help Support Special Education Students in a High School Classroom.
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4 Ways to Help Support Special Education Students in a High School Classroom.

It’s the beginning of a new semester and your roster just came out. As you skim through it you see some student’s names you recognize and others you don’t. However, you realize you have several (*) next to a handful of names, indicating students with IEP or 504 plans. Do you begin to internally panic…

5 Easy Differentiated Strategies: Teaching Volume to Disengaged High School Students
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5 Easy Differentiated Strategies: Teaching Volume to Disengaged High School Students

Have you ever looked out at a sea of glazed eyes staring back at you?👀 Better yet, have you ever had those same eyes glaring at you like you had 3 heads? That’s what happens to me whenever I try to introduce the formula for something like the volume of a sphere. Or perhaps the…

Teaching Angles Made Easy with Task Cards: Naming, Classifying, and Measuring
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Teaching Angles Made Easy with Task Cards: Naming, Classifying, and Measuring

Don’t you just love the groans whenever you ask your students to take out a protractor while teaching angles? I know. It’s my favorite thing too. The truth of it is, much of the time, learning geometry does not feel all too applicable to our student’s lives. Not like financial literacy – the link is…

3 Great Strategies for Building Math Confidence and Community
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3 Great Strategies for Building Math Confidence and Community

As a teacher, I never want a student to feel like they simply couldn’t do math. That’s why building math confidence is so important. From the kid who loves numbers to the kid who can’t even add double digits, I believe that everyone, even struggling students, deserves to feel confident in math class. Everyone deserves…