Author Archives: debboden

About debboden

I teach middle school math in Thousand Oaks, California. I love my job! When I'm not teaching, or thinking about teaching, I love to ride horses, read, take Zumba classes and be with my family and friends.

Pictures from Proportions

I wrote the blog on Proportions at home, and had my notes at school, so I thought I’d add a few pictures. This is what I wrote for the kids to compare the Original Proportion, the Proportion with common denominators … Continue reading

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I’m doing a long term sub job at my old school in 6th grade, math & science. Next week is the last week of school – I’m happy and sad about it. I will miss talking to my friends there, … Continue reading

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The Generic Rectangle

It’s been a long time since I posted a blog – I retired from teaching Middle School in June, 2017, but have been subbing for one of the teachers at my old school for a few days. I decided I … Continue reading

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Days 119-127, March 7-17

Algebra CP – We finished our chapter on exponential functions and had our test. Most of the kids are doing really well, some are better at finding the constant multiplier (b) when given a table than if they are reading … Continue reading

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Days 113-118, Feb 27 – Mar 6

I know I’m totally messing up the weeks, but I wanted to write about what we did today! Algebra 1 – We’ve been working on Exponential Functions this chapter, and it is amazing how CPM has it laid out. I … Continue reading

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Days 105 – 112, February 13-24

Algebra 1 – We are still working on exponential functions and the kids are getting really good at writing the equations for the graphs, and using their calculators (or phones) to find values. Last week we worked on a lot … Continue reading

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Last Week’s Alg Pictures!

I forgot to insert the pictures of our first data gathering. Here’s the wall with the 5′ – 12′ distances measured out. We had 4 stations. That’s a yardstick on the wall! Here are some pictures of the kids gathering … Continue reading

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Days 65 – 104, Jan. 30 – Feb. 10

I know, it’s another 2 weeks. My goal is to be able to maintain this for the rest of the year. I definitely have a new appreciation for people that write 180 blogs! Algebra CP – It’s been an interesting … Continue reading

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Days 87 – 94 Jan 17 – 27

I forgot to write a post last week, so here’s 2 weeks worth of learning fun! Algebra 1 – We finished our chapter on Explicit and Recursive equations. I had never taught Recursive before (I may have said this…). Anyhow … Continue reading

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Adding my Twitter Account info!

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