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Two Step Equations

  In this activity, students solve 2 step equations. The picture begins as an envelope and ends as the cupcake. Two Step Equations

Envelope to Cupcake Pixel Art

This is a template that is super easy to update. You will update the answer key with your answer and the formatting will automatically adjust.  The picture starts as an envelope and ends as the cupcake.   Changing Pixel Art Template  

Teacher Desmos Self Checking

  Here are 2 quick videos on how to update your Desmos dashboard from dots to check marks and x's.  The first video is for a graph with a multiple choice question.  The second video is for a table. This will provide you with instant feedback.  As students answer, you can scroll down your dashboard and know right away whether or not they understand. Desmos Graph and Multiple Choice Right/Wrong Desmos Table Right/Wrong

Parts of a Circle Slide Puzzle

 In this activity students are given an equation. For #1-5 students will find the center of the circle. For questions #6-10, students will find the radius.  This is a slide puzzle which means student's see all of the pieces but they are scrambled.  Each time the student's input a correct answer, a piece will slide closer to the correct location.  Parts of a Circle Slide Puzzle

One Step Equations Slide Puzzle

  In this activity, students will be solving one step equations. The picture is showing for students but is scrambled. Each time a student correctly answers a question, a piece will move towards the correct place. One Step Slide Puzzle

Perfect Square Puzzle

  In this activity students will find the perfect square of numbers ranging from 1-20.  Each correct answer reveals a part of the puzzle. Perfect Square Puzzle

Convert to Scientific Notation

  In this activity students will convert 10 numbers from decimals or large numbers to scientific notation.  This includes both positive and negative exponents. Scientific Notation

Perfect Squares Pixel Art

 In this activity students will find the perfect squares for numbers between 1-20.  This is best viewed at 80%, to change your view setting click ctrl -.  It can be viewed at 100% they will just have to scroll. Perfect Squares Tacos

Scientific Notation to Expanded Form

In this activity, students will convert numbers from scientific notation to expanded form. The exponents included are both positive and negative. Student must correctly write the answers including a 0 in front of a decimal and commas where needed in large numbers.  Each correct answer will reveal part of the puzzle above. Scientific Notation to Expanded Form  

Late Work Balance

  Most schools have a late work policy in place but I've found that it requires a balance.  I've worked in districts where it was turned in on time or no credit, 10 points off per day, 1 week late with a penalty, two weeks late with a penalty, and anytime during the nine weeks.  I think this plays a big role in teacher stress and also student progress. I often hear it's just 1 assignments for my child.  Let's look at this in more depth: if a teacher gives 10 assignments in a nine weeks which take about 5-10 minutes to grade per student, and has about 130 students. Opening up 1 late assignment for half the class at the end of the nine weeks would add about 5.25 hours to 10.8 hours of grading time.  A focus more recently in education has been grace and flexibility but also responsibility and accountability.  I've heard show the student's grace; be flexible in getting assignments submitted but also teach them responsibility and hold them accountable.    For teach

Converting Negative Exponents

  In this activity, students will be given 10 to different negative exponents.  For the first set of problems, the students will need to convert to a fraction.  For the second set of problems, the students will need to convert to decimals.  This is best for 6th and 7th graders. Converting Negative Exponents

Slope from Slope Intercept Form

  In this activity, students will find the slope from equations in slope intercept form.  The answers include negative numbers, positive numbers, fractions, and zero. There is 1 equation that has the y-intercept written in front of the slope. Slope from Slope-Intercept Form Pixel Art 

Only Working Contract Hours: Step 1 Setting Boundaries

  After 10 years of teaching, I was tired of the expectation that I'd answer emails at any time of day or night and even the weekends.  I realized that I was part of the problem.  When parents or students emailed at nights or weekends I would respond. By responding to them I was sending the message that I was working at all hours.  Last year, I started setting my out of the office reply on Friday afternoons.  It was automatic and sent a simple message.  Thank you for sending me an email, I am currently out of the office until Monday.  I will respond to emails upon my return to work on Monday.  If you aren't sure where to start, I'd suggest this be your first step.  This does not automatically stop you from receiving large amounts of emails on Friday nights or the weekends but it does however, stop the expectation that you will respond instantly or within a few hours.  It sets the expectation that you will respond on Monday.   What I noticed last year and this year is that i