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

## These 11 Assessments Will Change Your Exponentials & Logs Unit For Good

Does the thought of teaching exponential functions and logarithms make you want to run and hide? Lol, I hope not…but if they do…I’ve created 11 formative assessments to make it easier! There’s one Google Forms mini assessment for each standard/skill/lesson/section (whatever you want to call it) that we teach in our Exponentials & Logs unit in Algebra 2. These are… Read More

## The Connection Between Dilation and Area/Perimeter That You Need to Teach

You’ve seen it in the standards…now to put it into practice! Teaching the connection between dilation and perimeter and area can be one of the most fun days in your classroom. And that’s saying something coming from this self-proclaimed really serious teacher! More than just fun…a day when students have those lightbulb moments! Those are the best! This discovery activity… Read More

## Creating Assessments for Dilations in Geometry

Five tips for writing assessment questions when you’re evaluating your students’ understanding of dilations in Geometry. I hope this sparks some ideas for you on how to better assess your kids! If you’re laughing because you don’t have time to create this, then here’s the link to the assessments that are already done for you.😆 Click here! If you’re looking… Read More