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I used to hate the Monday after the Super Bowl. The kids were tired, I was tired, and it felt like a horrible situation of force feeding information to the unwilling.

So I began looking for a lesson that would keep them engaged. And I found it! Now, many of you know I am a huge fan of the lessons at Yummy Math. This is where it all started.

Scientific Notation

The lesson I found, called The cost of a Super Bowl XLVII ad was perfect. Incorporating scientific notation (which conveniently the biology teacher asked me to review), and prediction, the cost of the ads was a great way to get the kids interested in the math. I showed a few of their favorite commercials and they were hooked.

For more lessons on feel free to check out the Unit 8 Livebinder.

Graphing Exponentials

Yummy Math one upped themselves with this years lesson. Again using the cost of an ad, this lesson incorporates graphing, creating a line of best fit, making predictions, comparing linear and exponential functions and other skills. Super Bowl Ads 2015 is copied and ready to go for tomorrow morning.

Unit 8 has more lessons on all aspects of exponentials.

Measures of Central Tendencies

For the middle school teachers out there, you have not been forgotten! Yummy Math also has a way to predict (or check your prediction) of the score using statistics. Typical Super Bowl scores ???? This could also be used as a review if you are heading into statistics soon.

Looking for more statistics? Unit 4 has you covered!

Thank you Yummy Math!

To ensure the kids love the lesson, I find a few commercials (yes, I make sure they are appropriate) and show those during the class. I love it! This day has gone from one I used to dread to one I treasure. The kids and I really enjoy it and I hope you will too! Thank you Yummy Math!

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How do you handle students that get frustrated? Here are four things that work in my classroom when I feel the frustration levels rise.

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Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think! Can you try one of these with your students?


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I love to listen to Podcasts. Podcasts about teaching, marketing, parenting, presenting, curriculum and web design… I can’t get enough. It really is ridiculous.

One Podcast I have learned so much from is Pat Flynn’s, Smart Passive Income. I was on a road trip and I listened to quite a few episodes. You may be asking yourself why I am listening to a marketing Podcast, but stay with me.

The content in the marketing podcasts is exactly what we must be learning to be great in education these days. We, as the teachers, are no longer the holder of the knowledge; kids can siri just about anything. We are the motivators, the ones that help students see the great in themselves. We must learn to teach, motivate, coach, and inspire in the most efficient and effective way possible.

As I began to listen to The Smart Passive Income #105 podcast, I keep thinking… EVERY EDUCATOR should listen to this!!!! (Yes, stop right now, and go listen to this!)

This is a quote from Brian Kelly from Whatthespeak.com while being interviewed by Pat Flynn from Smartpassiveincome.com during this episode.

So the bottom line is, in order to keep the attention of our audience, we want them to be learning and this whole process of learning while you’re participating as an audience member in the presentation is key. And when you do this, your audience will then be primed to take action on the message, the ideas, whatever it is, maybe you’re selling something that they will take action on this if you incorporate these five principles that we’re going to go through.

– Bryan Kelly

This really resonated with me. How am I going to be sure every student grows everyday? How do we ensure that we challenge those that are ahead and meet the needs of those that have fallen behind?

This is a big picture question, let’s simplify it a bit.

In educators terms, how do we differentiate our instruction for every student? In marketing terms, how do I make sure the audience is learning? Either way, this is the key to getting engagement.


In the next few posts we will be looking at the more specific solutions to getting people (students) motivated, how to keep their attention, and improve overall opportunities for us (as educators) to influence student behavior and success.

Please take a moment a leave a comment below, I love to hear from you!



In this unit students strengthen their understanding of the inverse relationship while making connections between exponential and logarithmic functions. Students learn how to use exponential functions to model changes in the values of the dependent variable produced through repeated multiplication by a positive constant. Through fitting models to data, students solidify their understanding of the characteristics of an exponential function. Students then numerically and graphically investigate the transcendental number e and learn about its role in the compounding of interest. Students develop properties of logarithms and use these properties and to solve problems algebraically. Finally, students explore the effects of the parameters on the graphs of exponential and logarithmic functions. – The Dana Center


Students explore transformations on the parent square root function to model data and they formulate equations arising from square root functions. They explore solutions for these equations using tables and graphs, and they learn how the inverse relationship between square root and quadratic functions facilitates solving these equations analytically. They also investigate the notion of extraneous roots. – The Dana Center


The study of rational functions of the form f(x) =p(x)/q(x), where p(x) and q(x) are polynomials, naturally builds from the previous unit. Students learn about the general characteristics and behavior of rational functions and apply their knowledge of transforming functions to create and understand graphs of rational functions. Students formulate rational equations that arise from rational functions. They learn strategies for identifying and applying the algebraic skills needed to solve these rational equations in a variety of situations. – The Dana Center


This unit builds on students’ previous work with linear and quadratic functions to help students make sense of the behavior they see in the larger family of polynomial functions. The unit leads students to understand that polynomials form a system analogous to the integers; namely, they are closed under operations of addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Students learn how polynomials model some behavior with varying rates of change, and they see how the degree of the polynomial relates to the number of real zeros and the number of local extreme values of the polynomial function. Students then apply this knowledge to choose appropriate models for situations based on how quantities in this situation vary with emphasis on short term and end behavior. Understanding polynomial functions is useful for future work in calculus and for curve fitting in statistics and computer science. – The Dana Center