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

## Teaching & Assessing Exponent Rules

Teaching exponents in Algebra can be a challenge. Here are FOUR Google Forms mini formative assessments already done for you! They cover basic exponent rules…quotient rule, zero rule, power rule, product rule, and negative exponents. See the actual assessments here… Creating specific skills assessments helps you to pinpoint where your students are struggling. Students need to understand the barebones basic… Read More

## Algebra Questioning: Writing Formative Assessments

Take a basic concept such as leading coefficients and descending order and create skills assessments. Here are some ideas for creating them. Google Forms mini formative assessments already done for you! See the ones I created, and then create your own…or consider purchasing them if you don’t have time to DIY it! Check out my post and YouTube video on… Read More

## Teaching Factoring in Algebra 1

Factoring is one of the toughest sections in Algebra—for teachers and for students! Here’s my two cents’ on how we should do it. Tic Tac Fac (or is it Fact?), guess-and-check, and other methods come in and out of style when it comes to teaching factoring in Algebra 1. My preference is to teach factoring quadratics by grouping because students… Read More