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Solving Linear Equations with a Teeter Totter

Innovation in Teaching Competition: Chuck Trader from St. Marys Middle School

Grade Level

Content Area/Instructional Strategy


Students will obtain hands on understanding through application activities in order to solve linear equations in one variable and interpret, determine, and create various equations that have one solution, no solutions, or infinite many solutions.

Standards Addressed

MCC8.EE.7, MCC8.EE.7, MCC.8.F.1, MCC8.F.4, MCC9-12G.GPE.6

About the Teacher

Chuck Trader
Saint Mary's Middle School
Camden County Schools

Chuck Trader is currently a 6th grade teacher at St. Marys Middle School in St. Marys, GA. Mr. Trader has a Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Trader spent 25 years as a corporate banking and finance professional and entrepreneur. His best piece of teaching advice is to get the students engaged into applying what you are teaching in a way students can directly relate.