Students who are learning about slope and y-intercept need to know what those terms mean in the context of a real-life situation! Here, I’ve created 10 of those real-ish life scenarios…and created 3 questions for each. Well, actually 6… You see, this is a “this or that” activity. So the students click through in a choose-your-own-adventure-style of assignment. Notice how… Read More

## Free Teaching Resources for Simplifying Rational Expressions with Factoring

Rationals, especially with factoring, can be a challenge for many students. Here are some teaching materials that are perfect when you just need something that’s easy, fast, and free! Desmos Activity for Simplifying Rational Expressions with Factoring This Desmos activity is so good, I’d probably use it as an exploration with the kids paired up before (or instead of) notes/lecture…. Read More

## Teaching Triangle Congruence Proofs

Welcome to Proofland! Teaching triangle congruence proofs in Geometry can be challenging and also fun. I love seeing students’ faces light up when it clicks for them! Here are some ideas to help make it easier for you. Warm up with Uno I love this strategy for introducing proofs. My students might not have played traditional cards, but most had… Read More

## Teaching Proving Parallelograms

Properties of parallelograms are a challenge in themselves. Teaching students how to prove parallelograms using a coordinate plane…that’s a whole ‘nother level! We teach this concept soon after students learn the properties of parallelograms, including special parallelograms (rectangle, rhombus, and square). Here are some ideas for you! Getting Started We can all benefit from a refresher–even more so if we… Read More

## Teaching Slopes & Equations of Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

I have taught equations of parallel and perpendicular lines in Geometry during the Coordinate Geometry Unit and in Algebra 1 in the Linear Functions Unit. Wherever you’re tasked with teaching it, here are some ideas for making it better for you and your classes! Discovering Parallel Slopes-Technology Connected I LOVE this Desmos activity! It’s very interactive for students. They try… Read More

## Teaching How to Find the Standard Form Equation of a Circle (Conics)

We teach conic form in Geometry during our Coordinate Geometry Unit. Wherever you’re tasked with teaching it, here are some ideas for making it better for you and your classes! For us, students have just learned how to sketch the graph of a circle from standard form using the center and radius, and now they are learning how to complete… Read More

## Transformations of Quadratic Functions

Transformations of quadratics is an important part of Algebra. I’m always primed to find new ways to teach, practice, and assess. Here are some ideas for making it easier for you and better for your students. Google Slides Introduction Letting students make connections by using food is usually a hit in the classroom. Here, I used the transformation of a… Read More

## Essential Tips for Teaching Domain and Range from Quadratic Graphs

Finding domain and range with quadratics is an important part of Algebra. I’m always looking for and creating new ways to make it easier for students to understand. Here are some ideas for making it easier for you! Get this domain and range poster Of the two, my students always struggle with range the most. They want to write the… Read More

## 3 Actually Super Simple Ideas for Teaching Average Rate of Change with Quadratics

When you get into the quadratics unit of Algebra, teaching average rate of change is soon to be in your lesson plans. Here are some suggestions for making it easier for you and better for your students. Warm Up with Slope Formula Don’t go into the lesson with students who are “cold” on the slope formula! Open class with a… Read More

## 6 Ideas for Teaching Graphing Quadratics

Graphing quadratics is an important component in Algebra. I’m always happy to find new ideas for making it better for students to understand. Here are some ideas for making it less stressful for you! 6 Ideas for Teaching Graphing Quadratics Graphing Quadratics Geogebra Activity– These interactive slides on GeoGebra are a fantastic visual for students to see how the graphs… Read More