Saturday, November 28, 2015

Teachers Pay Teachers Sale!

All products available in my store will be 20% off November 30th and December 1st during the sitewide cyber sale!  I hope you find some useful math teaching resources at my store,  Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Matching Activites

I have gotten addicted to matching activities in Algebra 1 class recently!  I like them for so many reasons.

They are a great way to change up how students practice their new skills, it is hands on for kinesthetic learners, and it makes students think about it differently than if they were doing practice problems out of the book.  Standardized tests often require students to pick answers from multiple choice options which is comparable to what they do to complete matching activities.  I make sure to include answers that make it impossible for students to just look at an answer and match correctly.  They have to do some work to get the right answer.

Each matching activity has students put together three different cards that all relate to the same equation or situation.  This helps students to recognize and understand that there are many different representations of the same equation/situation in mathematics (graphs, tables, equations, etc.).

I have one pair of students in class that doesn't like cutting them all out and pasting them to the paper so they asked if they could just write each card on the answer sheet.  I gladly let them do this - this activity allows for flexibility and options which are always good for the students!

So far I have made and used Absolute Value Inequalities Matching and Stem-and-Leaf Plot Matching in my Algebra 1 class.  Slope-Intercept Form Matching and Systems of Equations Matching are currently in the making, all will be posted on with more to come!  

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Graphing Calculators

My school just made a very large order of new graphing calculators for our math department and I couldn't be more excited!  Graphs are a huge part of understanding mathematics and I feel the importance of recognizing the multiple representations of a function (graph, table, equation, function values) is often overlooked as we work so hard to make sure that our students get all of the content they need in order to go on to the next math class.

That said, I have made it my own personal goal to use and make activities for my classroom that require students to represent functions in more than one way so that they are constantly reminded of the fact that it is all connected.  Some of these activities will be for students to work out by hand (no calculator) and others will include calculator use.  I have a lot of ideas and I am looking forward to putting them down on paper!

I can't wait to have my Algebra 1 students graph a line on the calculator, although I am sure a few of them will be mad that they have been graphing by hand this entire time while there has been a calculator that could do it for them :-)