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## Friday, May 17, 2013

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a giveaway offer tomorrow! You have a couple hours to do so, I'll be send it out. If you miss this one, don't fret. I'll do it periodically :-) (EDIT: Apparently TPT holds the mail for a couple days :-) It's coming sometime, I promise!)

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## Monday, May 6, 2013

### Equation Boot Camp -- Differentiated Equation Solving Practice Assignments

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At times, I was frustrated teaching more challenging equations when it was obvious many in the class needed extra help on easier stuff. I developed this idea of an Equation Boot Camp to reinforce those skills, but allowing others to accelerate on their own!

Typically I teach Solving Equations in October and I used this in the Spring as remediation and enrichment. In my class, I also assign grades based on mastery so if students demonstrates this skill, then I improve their scores from the beginning of the year.

Students will take a Pre-Assessment and will be assigned a level. Each level is thematically tied with a rank in the Army. So while the Levels of the algebra get more challenging, they achieve a higher rank in the army.

After students master a level, they are signed off and promoted to the next level. Students intrinsically strive to get up a level and are innately curious about the next one.

There are 9 main levels of problems, thus 9 practice assignments included. For each level 2 mastery tests are included for a total of 18. Over 200 problems included overall!

When I do this I devote 3-5 days in class of small group practice, targeted instruction, and mastery testing. It's Boot Camp after all! You could just as easily use these assignments for homework or classwork without the Boot Camp experience.

An answer guide is included for all practice assignments and mastery tests. The total page count on the file is 28.

Unlike the majority of the items in my store, this is not a math project.

## Saturday, May 4, 2013

### Person Puzzles Go CRAZY!

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Person Puzzles are designed to highlight individuals with diverse backgrounds who have made significant contributions to our world. In my experience, our students are underexposed and unaware of many significant (historical or current) figures and this is an easy way a math teacher can throw some interdisciplinary content without sacrificing their math!

Students enjoy the person puzzles because they innately like
figuring out these types of mysteries and enjoy learning about someone
interesting and different! I typically use

*Person Puzzles*as timed warm-ups which allows me to share a little about the person's background before my daily lesson. I can also drop some college readiness info like majors, degrees and careers!
While some have a hard time admitting it, American curriculum is
pretty much completely westernized. Much of the world (outside of Europe) is
ignored. Even the little that is shared about other cultures is usually from an
orientalist, stereotyped point-of-view.

Defeat orientalism and integrate content with a Person Puzzle! You can find the entire eBook (20% off buying them all separately right here: Click me)

Order of Operations -- Cesar Chavez

Distribution -- Aung San Suu Kyi

Combining Like Terms -- W.E.B. Du Bois

Equations One-Step -- David Robinson

Equations Two-Step -- Jane Goodall

Equations (Variables on Both Sides) -- John Herrington

Solving Equations with Fractions -- Harvey Milk

Solving Equations with Decimals -- Bethany Hamilton

Solving Multi-Step Equations -- Bernard Kouchner

Domain and Range with Functions -- Helen Keller

Calculating Slope -- Fauja Singh

Rewriting Equations in Slope Intercept Form -- Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Point and Slope -- Andrei Sakharov

Linear Equations with Two Points -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Absolute Value Equations -- Jim Henson

Solving Inequalities -- William Kamkwamba

Compound Inequalities -- Tawakel Karman

Systems of Equations (Substitution) -- Maya Angelou

Systems of Equations (Elimination) -- Nelson Mandela

Systems of Equations (Mixed Up) -- Roberto Clemente

Adding & Subtracting Polynomials -- Eva Peron

Multiplying Monomials -- Irena Sendler

Diving Monomials & Negative Exponents -- Wangari Maathai

Multiplying Binomials (FOIL) -- Pat Tillman

Factoring with GCF -- Jaime Escalante

Factoring by Grouping -- Septima Poinsette Clark

Factoring -- Mother Teresa

Factoring with ax^2 -- Muhammad Yunus

Quadratic Formula -- Grace Hopper

Simplifying Radical Expressions -- Somaly Mam

Multiplying Radicals -- Malala Yousafzai

Solving Equations with Radicals -- Stephen Hawking

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