# Math = Gibberish: The UPSC Approach to Teaching Word Problems

If Sameera, Bobby, and Jose buy ten Snickers bars and then chase their dogs around the neighborhood for seven minutes, how many donuts will the monkey need to bring to the zoo in order to celebrate Javi's birthday? Raise your hand if this seems totally normal for a math class... Right. Well... this "word problem" … Continue reading Math = Gibberish: The UPSC Approach to Teaching Word Problems

# Literal Equations! *river style*

How many of you gagged a little bit when you saw "Literal Equations" in the title?  Oops, there you go again.  I know, it's not your fault.  Anyone who has taught Algebra 1 has been slightly traumatized by the process.  Not by the process of solving them yourself, but by the process of helping students … Continue reading Literal Equations! *river style*

# Solving Equations *the river method*

In keeping with my namesake, "Eat, Pray, Solve for X," it only makes sense for me to make my first *real* post about solving for x!  My thoughts on Combining Like Terms were just a stepping stone in the process... In the good ol' days, I used to solve equations traditionally just like my teachers … Continue reading Solving Equations *the river method*

# Combining Like Terms *with boxes*

Combining like terms (CLT) is fundamental to solving equations.  Even if I include the distributive property during this lesson, I always give students at least 1 full period to process and practice before we move on to equations.  Let's be honest, it usually takes a few days of warm-ups before they start to fully get … Continue reading Combining Like Terms *with boxes*