It feels like the biggest emphasis in 8th grade math is slope and y-intercept. This topic is found all over the standards and goes from basic to complicated. In the end, we don’t just want students to know a whole bunch of stuff about linear expressions. We want them to be able to apply what they have learned about slope and y-intercept. We want them to interpret situations, make predictions, and solve problems. [Read more…] about 8 Slope Intercept Word Problems Activities that Rock

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## 10 Activities to Practice Linear Functions Like a Boss

Slope and y-intercept make up the crux of the 8th grade math standards. We spend 5 full weeks on learning slope and y-intercept and how to apply them, not to mention all the other time throughout the year getting ready to learn about them and then reviewing and applying them. It still surprises me how complex it all becomes. When you come to think of it, students have to identify slope and the y-intercept in various way. They also have to create them in various forms, and they have to be able to interpret them in many forms as well. It can reach a point of overwhelm for both the teacher and the students. Every year I pledge to myself that I will do better to help students reach the understanding they need to have and every year I get closer to that goal. In this post I’ll share ten activity ideas that get students lots of practice with using equations of linear models to solve problems. [Read more…] about 10 Activities to Practice Linear Functions Like a Boss

## 11 Activities That Make Identifying Slope Easy

Teaching slope is one of the most foundational topics that we teach in middle grades. If we don’t do it right the first time, we have to play catch-up for a long time. My earliest experiences teaching slope were frustrating because I didn’t understand what made it complicated for students. Students have to be able to find slope on a table, a graph, two coordinate points, a verbal description, and in an equation. When you lay those all out and count them up, that’s a lot of things to understand. I used to go too far, too fast. I mean, think about it. When kids learned how to count, they had years to get the numbers down. I could be patient and take the time necessary to give them a solid foundation with slope. [Read more…] about 11 Activities That Make Identifying Slope Easy

## Friday Favorites

This week I want to share a few of the amazing things I’ve enjoyed from other educators. Here are 3 of my favorite finds on Pinterest and the world wide web of teaching this week: