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I've been teaching high school math for over 20 years. I write about my experiences here and also share activities that I have done with my classes that have been successful (and some that have been not so successful).
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What NOT to say to a Math Teacher

I have been a math teacher for more than two decades and any time I tell someone what I do for a living, there's always a reaction.  I have heard it all.   The two most common reactions I get are: or In regards to the first comment, yes, I am smart. But so are you. Everyone has their gifts and talents. I can't…

5 Engaging Math Review Games that Don't Require the Internet

There are lots of websites that make it easy for teachers to create review activities for their high school math classes (quizlet, kahoot, etc).  But sometimes the internet goes out, or several of your students forgot their devices, or the batteries on their devices died, or the device won't connect to the interne…

What to Teach in Precalculus

You might work in a state or country where there are Precalculus standards that you have to cover, you might work in a state where the standards only cover up to Algebra 2, or you might work in a private school where you have more autonomy about what to teach in Precalculus. If you are one of the latter two cases, the…

The Ideal Math Classroom

UPDATE: I left this school in May 2022 due to a move to another state. So while this blog post is written in the present tense, this is no longer my classroom; and I miss it very much. I have the best math classroom. I love it. I really love it. Consider this blog post as a love letter from me to my classroom. Dear cl…

How to Hold a Parent Teacher Conference

Through over 20 years of teaching in four different schools, I have had countless parent-teacher conferences. Whether we're talking about the occasional conference requested by the parents (or administrator) or formal conferences where you meet with the parents of the students you teach or you meet with the parent…