Here is an AMAZING lesson you can do with any math class! Get a Piñata Make sure you pick the candy that goes inside. It is best if you get a piñata that you actually have to fill yourself. This way you can fill it with pre-counted bags of candy. I would limit it to […]

Continue reading# How to Teach Dividing Polynomials

There are 3 different types of problems involving Dividing Polynomials. This lesson along with the lessons on Solving Systems of Equations are the two MOST difficult lessons for Algebra 1 students. (Here are our FREE lessons on Solving Systems – Solving Systems by Graphing – Solving Systems by Substitution) Here are the 3 Types […]

Continue reading# How to Teach Simplifying Radicals

This lesson on Simplifying Radicals should be extremely simple and always winds up not being because this happens… Why Do Students Do This? This happens because the students stop one step too early. They do this because that is how it is taught. However, if when we teach this lesson we ad one […]

Continue reading# Factoring to Solve Quadratic Equations – Know Your Roots

One fun way to start this lesson (which we all know is one of the toughest concepts for our students to grasp) is to start with a story. Factoring is about understanding and then calculating where a mathematical statement comes from. It is nothing more than that. I know, sounds boring…. Bear with me! It gets better […]

Continue reading# Multiplying and Factoring – Teachers Give and Teachers Take Away!

When it comes to preparing your students for Algebra 2 this might be the most important lesson. We all know Factoring is one of the toughest lessons that an Algebra 2 teacher must face. One of the reasons for that is because the students do not get a solid foundation and mastery of the […]

Continue reading# How to Teach Zero and Negative Exponents

Sometimes in Math we have things come up that need to be proved but our students do not yet have the skill set mathematically to prove the new concept. This is one of those times. However, we can show them the proof they need for zero and negative exponents using patterns. Why is a0 = 1? Usually […]

Continue reading# Solving Systems by Graphing – X Marks the Spot!

This activity is extremely fun and my students love it every year because they get to compete! How to Set Up the Solving Systems by Graphing Treasure Map Activity Here’s what you will need: A picture (I draw mine) of your classroom from a birds eye view. You are going to turn it into a […]

Continue reading# Rate of Change and Slope – Ski Through Algebra!

Slope is such and easy thing to teach and I see so many math teachers make it so difficult! Here is the bottom line. Instead of getting the students to memorize the rise and run rules of “up and to the right and down and to the left being the same and positive” and […]

Continue reading# How to Teach Patterns and Linear Functions

Recognizing Patterns and Linear Functions Recognizing patterns is an everyday skill. We see them everywhere. Patterns and Linear Functions are the most common and easiest to recognize. Visual Aids The more visual aids you can use to show what makes graphs turn out linear the faster your students will realize that every number in […]

Continue reading# Teaching Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities

Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities are most easily related to Distance. We have an Algebra 2 Lesson that does a good job of explaining this. It can be found here: https://algebra2coach.com/absolute-value-functions-and-graphs-real-world-applications/ How Tough Are Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities? When it comes to Algebra 1 this is probably one of the toughest lessons for the […]

Continue reading# Solving Proportions – Bad Teacher!

NOTHING BOTHERS ME MORE than when I start to teach solving proportions and my students yell out “Cross Multiply and Divide!” They yell it so proudly like they already know what I’m going to teach them. Like they are masters of proportions. Where Does the Problem Start with Solving Proportions? The problem is a […]

Continue reading# The Distributive Property – Cupcakes and Algebra

Okay, this lesson doesn’t really require cupcakes but they can help! Before you ever teach the students the mathematical definition and how to use the Distributive Property you need to make sure they have an everyday definition and understanding of the word Distribute. What does it mean to distribute something. I always use cupcakes […]

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