My name is Amber Caldwell.  I have been teaching high school mathematics for fifteen years.  I served as the department chair for my high school mathematics department for six years.  I recently left the classroom and I’m now the K-12 Mathematics Coordinator for my school system.  I am blessed to do what I love everyday.

  1. Kathy Freeman
    December 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I am finding your blog interesting and inspiring. Thank you! Question: I am trying to incorporate more review activities in my Algebra 2 class that are not just paper/pencil. Any suggestions?
    Kathy Freeman
    Math Teacher
    Plymouth High School
    Canton, Michigan

    • December 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I have a few go to activities, but most of them are borrowed. Here is a link to Kate Nowak’s site: http://function-of-time.blogspot.com/2009/10/speed-dating.html. She uses the idea of speed dating. I do this is my class and the kids love it! They even ask for it. Instead of making my own notecards, I will take a copy of a worksheet and cut it apart and tape individual problems on notecards. This saves time. I also use her Solve, Crumple, Toss idea. You can find it on the link above.

      Good luck!

  2. Paul Hawking
    February 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Hey Amber,

    Re: your student who wants to be a builder and doesn’t think he needs math. I haven’t picked up this book yet as I haven’t had many budding builders in class, but it’s on my list of books to buy someday. Maybe if you print out these two links and show it to him, he may realize how wrong he is:



    Good luck.

    • February 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you so much. This is exactly what I need. It is amazing to me how many students can’t make the connection between math and their future. I guess that’s why it is my job to connect those dots. Thank you for reading.

  3. August 9, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Amber, Are you on twitter? love your blog.

  4. January 6, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Amber, I am looking for an activity that I think you posted. I think it had to do with choosing between cloth and disposable diapers. The title had the word “crap” in it.I think it was teaching functions. it was really cute and would love to find it. Please help.

    • January 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      It wasn’t one of my projects. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help. Thanks for reading. Amber

  5. April 5, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Hello Amber. I am new to the blog world and I really enjoy your blog and love that your curriculum is posted. Its a great resource! Most math teachers I know are into stealing from others as much as possible! I teach Algebra II, PreCalc, and AP Calc in Jackson, TN. This is my first year teaching math (I am actually trained in science, but am qualified to teach math also). I am in search of some helpful books/websites for incorporating more common core into my curriculum. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    • April 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Maria, Welcome to the blogging world. It is a great experience. It has helped my teaching so much to take time and reflect over my lessons. I have also found some amazing resources online. I would not have survived my first year of AP Calculus without http://www.chaoticgolf.com or http://www.mastermathmentor.com/. Both of these sites were amazing resources. I also used Sam’s blog a lot. I consider Sam one of my favorite people and we have never met 🙂

      As far as common core, I use http://www.ccsstoolbox.com and the tncore.org site a lot. I recently found this website and it seems to link to some good resources: http://blog.algebra1teachers.com/. Finally, I use this website to help with all things common core: http://map.mathshell.org/materials/index.php The tasks I have found on their site seem to align with what the State of TN has presented to the core coaches in training so far.

      Good luck with your blogging and teaching!

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