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 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

## 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

## Rational Functions: Specific Skills Assessments

There are so many aspects involved in teaching rational functions! Here are examples of five mini formative assessments made with Google Forms. They are done for you, or you can copy them for yourself and build your own. The assessments featured in this video include x-intercepts vertical and horizontal asymptotes (assessed separately) holes domain The rational functions entire unit (Google… Read More

## Teaching Rational Functions: Exponent Rules

If you’re teaching rational functions, students have to know those exponent rules. I created a Google Forms mini formative assessment that covers these exponent rules but doesn’t require students to do any factoring. They’ll do plenty of that throughout the rationals unit, and I wanted to create an assessment that would really help me determine if students understand just the… Read More

## Assessing Rationals in Algebra 2: Solving Equations

When you’re teaching Rational Functions in a high school math class, solving rational equations is a section that challenges many students. I created a Google Forms mini formative assessment to gauge whether students are understanding solving during the unit. Here’s a super quick video that shows the form even though I’m talking about assigning point values! {The more thorough video… Read More

## Teaching Multiplying and Dividing Rationals: Assessments

*Also Known As: My First #Shorts Videos on YouTube I always laugh when I tell someone I have a YouTube channel. That’s because I’m the least likely person you’ll ever see on there.😆 But I think teaching roomfuls of teenagers seasons us to the point that creating a video is not as intimidating as it is to most people. If… Read More

## Ten Assessments for Graphing Polynomials (Using Google Forms)

Teaching Algebra 2? Then graphing polynomials is coming! Coming up with ways to assess this can be a challenge. Here’s a video of my mini assessments for this unit, along with tips for creating great test questions! Here are the topics covered in the unit: General characteristics of the graph Degrees & leading coefficients Increasing & decreasing Zeros with multiplicity… Read More