# welcome to winter break!

I just spent a very rewarding day at my daughter’s school, together with my husband, hosting their classroom holiday party! We had a lot of fun with a classroom full of 4th graders mainly just being silly and eating lots of treats! Next stop Christmas!!

My honors Geometry students have wrapped up their week with a test on the chapter regarding lines and planes in space. It’s a pretty short chapter which teaches the ways to determine a plane, how to prove that a line is perpendicular to a plane, and includes properties about parallel lines and planes. I’ve included a list of some tricky true/false questions which my students usually have trouble with.

My regular Geometry students were just tested on parallelograms. Their LEAST favorite type of problem is when they have to decide on the most descriptive name of a quadrilateral given four points on a graph. For most problems you can rely on just the slope and bypass using the distance formula…which they much prefer and it saves them a lot of time!

Stay tuned over Winter Break…I would love to answer any questions that you might have. Especially if you are like my own students and have 1st semester finals coming up in January! In the spirit of this season of giving, I would love to give out a #mathfavorsaver or two!

# always, sometimes, never

Thursdays are ALWAYS my favorite day! I do have to tutor tonight to make-up for being out of town for Thanksgiving, but that’s ok because Friday is right around the corner

My geometry students have been deep into studying quadrilaterals and parallelograms. I’ve put together as many Always, Sometimes, Never questions that I could find and explained each one in my video. My students have trouble understanding these types of questions…ALWAYS lol!

Here is an image of the questions if you’d like to try to work through them on your own first:

And here is a video which explains the correct answer to each one!

See you tomorrow for some Algebra! And don’t forget to send me any questions you might have because I will post a #mathsaverfavor video on Friday with answers and explanations!

# no rest for the weary

It’s my favorite day of the week again, and I can almost smell Thanksgiving…it’s that close! I have a very busy weekend of tutoring ahead on both Saturday and Sunday so I just have to push through!

My honors Geometry students have been studying parallelograms, rectangles, rhombuses, squares, kites and trapezoids. I always get a LOT of questions about how to tell one from the other when they aren’t drawn to scale. Teachers also love to give “always, sometimes, never” questions throughout this chapter which can be very confusing to my students. I’ve drawn a few diagrams in my video that will help you visualize everything that’s going on!

My regular Geometry students have their big test next week on proving triangles congruent. The final sections they’ve been learning are how to go beyond CPCTC and also how to use the HL Postulate. The proofs have gotten a bit longer and a little more difficult.

And don’t forget to send me any questions that you might have since tomorrow I’m making time for a #mathsaverfavor! We don’t call it Math Favor Friday for nothing 😉

# Proofs, proofs, proofs

Proofs…you either love them or hate them! The whole first semester is proofs, proofs and more proofs for you Geometry students. The second semester is not however, so you can look forward to that if proofs are stressing you out!

For my regular Geometry students, CPCTC is the name of the game right now. Just keep it simple, find triangles that you can prove congruent first and then CPCTC will be the step right after that. The red flag that you will end with CPCTC is if they are NOT asking you to prove triangles congruent. You still have to prove the triangles congruent, but CPCTC will be your final step.

My honors Geometry students have been doing proofs using parallel lines, corresponding angles, alternate interior angles, and same side (consecutive) interior angles. The connection between parallel lines and the different types of angles works both forward and backward. Parallel lines give you congruent angles AND congruent angles give you parallel lines! I’ve included 2 proofs to show you both types…

Next stop Friday! I’ve put a shout out asking you all to send me any math questions you’ve had this past week. Leave me a comment or use one of my social links above…I’m going to post a video TOMORROW answering the most-asked or all questions (depending on the number of responses). Don’t miss your chance to get in on a #mathsaverfavor!!

# Geometry Thursday!

Good morning everyone! I love Thursdays!! Since they are my day off from tutoring (which I also love) I get to spend time with my daughter after school   And what better way to start off the day than with a little Geometry, which is something ELSE we all love right?! Well, I know from experience that a lot of students really don’t like Geometry…mainly because it is so different from all of the other math they have done up until Geometry. I’m going to do my best to make it seem easier for you guys though!

I again have students in both Regular Geometry and Honors Geometry so I will record videos to help with both. The honors class moves at a faster pace and has longer, more complicated proofs.

My students in Regular Geometry have just started learning how to prove triangles congruent using SSS, SAS, and ASA. My video below shows two of those types of proofs…

My honors students have recently been working on proofs which involve the equidistance theorem. I picked a proof that uses the equidistance theorem and which also has a detour in it (that’s the kind where you have to prove one pair of triangles congruent before moving onto the pair of triangles which you ultimately want congruent)…

Tune in next Thursday for some more Geometry. Tomorrow we will finish off the week with Algebra!