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

## 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

## 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

## Adding Emojis to Your Google Forms

Classroom teachers are fighting many battles right now! Cheating is one of those that’s ongoing, unfortunately. One of the ways to at least make them work a little harder is to change the way you’re writing your multiple choice questions… Shuffling questions and answer choices as well as as using emojis are a few ways to address that. Here, I’m… 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