Diagnose and Remediate: Linear Equations Word Problems

Diagnose and Remediate: Linear Equations Word Problems


Diagnose and Remediate

We've all been there. We introduce word problem examples and, in response, we hear all the moans and groans from our students. Word problems are notoriously difficult for students and often require additional practice and intervention.

In the Discover Math Intervention Program, we strive to diagnose misconceptions and skill gaps and remediate through instructional videos and practice problems.

First, assign the Diagnostic Assessment to your students. The assessment is housed in Google Forms. Students answer between 5 and 10 questions in order to assess their understanding of the topic.

Then, if at any point students get two questions in a row incorrect, they are sent to a ten-minute YouTube video to provide remedial instruction and facilitate additional practice.

Linear Equations Word Problems

This particular diagnostic assessment and remediation video covers topics including translating one- and two-step equations from sentences and word problems.

The diagnostic assessment focuses on writing the actual equation. It assesses whether students can correctly translate the sentence or scenario into a linear equation. The remediation video lesson goes into more depth by addressing key words, steps for writing and solving linear equations in one variable, and detailed processes.

Once students watch the brief video lesson, they can go back through the diagnostic assessment to adjust their answers until they are correct and submit.

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How to Convert Any PowerPoint into a Math BINGO Game for Remote Learning

How to Convert Any PowerPoint into a Math BINGO Game for Remote Learning

 BINGO has long been one of my favorite ways to review math concepts with my secondary math students. Now I'm teaching about 100 seventh and eighth grade math students remotely, and my traditional version of the game is tricky, if not impossible.

Introducing BINGO 2.0: a fun, interactive review game for distance learning!

All you need is a question and answer PowerPoint with animations so that the answer doesn't show up right away. Prepare 15-18 math practice slides.

On each slide include a unique random number between 1 and 24 that will appear after the answer. More on this in a moment...

It's helpful to have the chat box activated on whichever video communication platform you are using. I am currently using Zoom, and I have the chat set up so students can only type directly to me.

And, finally, a digital BINGO board! I'm including my BINGO board here for free download.

How it works:

1) Before the game, have students set up their BINGO board. They drag-and-drop the numbers 1-24 - one number per box. This makes it so you can use this BINGO board for ANY game. Remember those random number you included on each slide? They represent the number that students can cover up on this board!

2) Share your screen with students so that they can see the question. They work on it on their own at home using something to write with and something to write on.

3) Students type their answers into the chat box. Give them some time warnings so that they can get their answers in.

4) Release the next animation to show the random number. If they got the question correct, they can cover up the random number on their BINGO board.

5) Repeat!

I have sets of Common Core-aligned math practice in Power Point form that could easily be converted into a digital BINGO game. They are now available in PowerPoint form & digital task card form. Shop here.

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5 Takeaways from My 1st Week of Remote Teaching

5 Takeaways from My 1st Week of Remote Teaching

5 takeaways from my 1st week of remote teaching

Buckle up! If you're not remote teaching yet, it could be headed your way soon!

A little background... my first week of remote teaching took place in November. In my local district, teachers were teaching both hybrid and remote students. It was a crazy amount of work!! Thankfully, our SAU found funding for a 7th/8th grade math remote teacher to take away some of the burden of the other classroom teachers. I think there was likely exactly ONE certified math teacher sitting at home researching and writing math content, so I applied. This blog post is all about my 5 key takeaways from my first week of remote teaching as I entered mid-trimester and took over teaching all of our remote 7th and 8th graders.


Communicate clearly with parents and students. Make sure expectations and schedules are crystal clear.  I took the time this week to send out batch emails with all the Zoom meeting times and links that they will need. I responded to every parent and student email promptly to ensure everyone understood the expectations of when to log on. My students in particular had been asynchronously remote learning for the first part of the year. This week I stepped in and the program itself was different. This caused a lot of confusion but emails and phone calls helped significantly.

my binders full of student info


I inherited 96 new students mid-trimester coming from 6 different math teachers. Oh. My. Gosh. The overwhelm potential was off the charts. I took a couple of hours right away to set up a binder for each of my 5 classes. I used dividers for each student. Then I organized every grades sheet printout from previous teachers, IEP, 504, ELL plans, important email correspondence, etc. I am so glad I took the extra time to do this, because now when I get a question about a student or an email from a parent I can open right up to that section of the binder and I have a little bit of context and background knowledge.


Don't hesitate to reach out to other teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum coordinators, ELL specialists, special ed teachers, administrators. Working from home can feel isolating if you let it. Especially as a new addition to the staff, I am trying to reach out to as many people as I can and attend all virtual meetings. Ask questions about why some students might not be engaging or how to best provide accommodations for other students. It takes a village! Don't let yourself become an island.

5 takeaways from my 1st week of remote teaching


I tend to hold pretty traditional values. I like work to be turned in promptly for full credit. I think attendance is extremely important. Videos on is the best way to engage in our virtual classroom. BUT I have decided to take a step back and offer grace. Often times we have no idea what is going on with our students and their families. Covid has flipped everything upside down and communities are struggling. So I'm choosing grace. When a student emails about missing a Zoom due to a doctor's appointment or needing an extension or whatever the situation might be, the answer is "Thank you for letting me know. No problem!"


The most important thing is to show up and be there for your students every day. It is so challenging to get to know students when you've never met in person and often times I am teaching to little gray boxes. Well, I make sure I hear their voice at least once each class. For attendance this past week, students needed to unmute, correct any pronunciation errors of their first or last name, tell me their nickname if they have one, and then tell me their favorite number or (the next class) tell me about their pets. I write everything down, and it all just continues to help me understand and get to know the students that I'm working with. As a teacher, in general, I show up smiling and inserting little off topic stories in order to engage my students in everything I'm trying to relay to them. I will show up as a supportive adult for them as often as I can to make these crazy times just a little better.

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10 Websites for Teaching Math to Remote Students

10 Websites for Teaching Math to Remote Students

In this post, you'll find a list of 10 websites that can facilitate teaching math to remote students. I am not affiliated with any of these websites. This post is merely a roundup of some great sites I've discovered.


This free website allows students to upload a voice recording and share it with you.
Why I love it? Vocaroo allows me to get a better read on my students' understanding.


This is an amazing resource for providing your students with online practice.
Why I love it? Freckle is differentiated and standards-aligned!


Great for formative assessment, this website allows you to add your "magic touch" to videos.
Why I love it? I can add checks for understanding throughout my Edpuzzle videos!


This is a free website for classes to use for discussion, debate, and collaboration.
Why I love it? Kialo provides an amazing opportunity for math classes to incorporate higher order thinking tasks.


This website hosts a backchannel chat for classroom use.
Why I love it? YO Teach! promotes cooperative learning and discussions among students.


This website is a web-based clicker tool that anonymously collects student responses.
Why I love it? GoSoapBox provides a great way to monitor student comprehension.


This Google product is a whiteboard app with awesome editing tools.
Why I love it? Jamboard helps make math visual.


This innovative website utilizes gaming principles to teach students.
Why I love it? The strategies used on Classcraft greatly motivate students.


This website helps make print lessons interactive.
Why I love it? Nearpod helps me prepare my old lessons for remote learning.


This website identifies math skill gaps, remediates skill gaps, and tracks data.
Why I love it? Edulastic helps me prepare my students for standardized assessments.

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