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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.

Days 82-86 – January 9-13

Before I even get started I want to say that I’m so excited because I received Tracy Zager’s book: Becoming The Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had in the mail yesterday! I can’t wait to start reading it. Go buy … Continue reading

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Days 78 – 81, January 3-8, 2017

Algebra – We came back from our Winter Break (aka Christmas Vacation when I was in school) and started chapter 5 in the CPM Core Connections Algebra Book. It’s on Sequences and I’m looking forward to teaching it because it’s … Continue reading


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Days 73 – 77 Dec 12-16, 2016

The last week of school before winter break! Algebra CP – We finished chapter 4. The week started by choosing the best method to solve systems problems, and writing systems from word problems. We had the group quiz on Tuesday, … Continue reading

Posted in Ratios & Proportions, Systems of Equations | 3 Comments

Days 68-72, Dec. 5-9

Algebra 1 – We’ve been working on solving systems of equations using the elimination method for part of the week, then the lesson was on picking the most efficient way to solve a system based on the system. It was … Continue reading

Posted in Area & Perimeter, Ratios & Proportions, Systems of Equations | 3 Comments

Days 63-67, Nov 28 – Dec 2

I have 15 minutes so this will not be very thorough! Algebra CP – We are working on Systems of Equations, we just started chapter 4. It starts with the “Equal Values” method, which the students also did in 8th … Continue reading

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Days 58-62, November 14-18

This year (and apparently this year only) we have a week off for Thanksgiving. And this is the week before that week, it’s the end of Trimester 1, and the kids are READY to be out of school. So of … Continue reading

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Days 53 – 57, November 7-11

I was absent the first 2 days of this week – I had a little R & R with my friends in Puerto Vallarta. The only problem with leaving school is preparing! I was working until 9:20 on Friday grading … Continue reading

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Days 48-52, Oct. 31-Nov. 4

Algebra – We started the week reviewing for a Quiz on Halloween, with no homework (which was appreciated by all of the classes!) and had the quiz on Tuesday. On Wednesday we started using Generic Rectangles to multiply monomials/binomials and … Continue reading

Posted in Equations, White Boards | 1 Comment

Days 43-47, October 24 – 28

Algebra  – We started Chapter 2 and have been working with algebra tiles for most of this week. Monday the lesson was on zero and negative exponents – I really liked how CPM has the kids think about the zero … Continue reading

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Days 38 – 42, October 17-21

Algebra – On Monday we finished the last lesson this chapter – and the kids used Desmos to graph the equations of the lines they’d written, along with domain/range restrictions to make the ‘logos’. I thought they did a really … Continue reading

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