Winter Break Online Advanced Number Sense Class


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Winter Break Online Advanced Number Sense Class

Back by popular demand this December, Anthony Gillespey the founder of MathNinja.Org and coach of the highest scoring state championship TMSCA Number Sense Team will be hosting 3-day online Winter Break Advanced Number Sense Class.  The class sizes will be kept small so make sure you sign up early.  Once the class is full, I will not be letting anyone else attend, last year we had a full class so purchase early. I typically charge $60.00 an hour for tutoring so this is a great bargain for 6 hours of classes for $125.00.  All classes will be via internet.  If you are unable to attend the camp. I will be recording the class each day and sending you a copy of the video.  So even if you can’t make the class that day you will still get the learning.   All that is required is a computer, tablet, or phone with internet access with a microphone. I would also recommend that you purchase the Advanced Number Sense Volume 2 book  (Blue book) as we will be using this extensively.

This class will be a fast-paced format where I will try and cover as many of the newer tricks that are appearing on TMSCA tests the last 4 years.

The Class will be at 10am to 12pm each day starting Dec 28th through Dec 30th.

I guarantee that you will learn many new tips and tricks to improve your scores.

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TMSCA Online Summer Classes sign up Today!!!

SUMMER Classes are concluded.  You can still purchase the recordings of each days lesson (7.5hrs)  !!!!!!

Online Summer Number Sense, General Math, and Calculator Application and MATHCOUNTS Classes


Back by popular demand this summer, Anthony Gillespey the founder of MathNinja.Org and coach of the State 5A TMSCA Number Sense, Calculator, and General Math Champions will be hosting weekly online summer classes for all 3 TMSCA Math Events and Basics of MATHCOUNTS.   The classes sizes will be kept small so make sure you sign up early.   The cost  per class is $125.00 dollars but if you sign up for 3 or more class each class after the first two will be giving a $25.00 discount on each class.  I  typically charge $60.00 an hour for tutoring so this is a great bargain.  All classes will be via the internet.  All that is required is a computer, tablet, or phone with internet access and microphone.  All classes will be recorded and sent to the class members.    

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Here are some comments from those that took the class in the past.

-I am a relatively new coach to a TMSCA team for Number Sense, General Math, and Calculator. Taking the Number Sense classes 1 and 2 and General Math was a great experience! Anthony did a great job of clearly explaining, breaking down how concepts were related and gave really smart ways to apply math based reasoning to some interesting and complex math problems. These classes have helped my confidence in tackling math problems that I, quite frankly, don’t really remember anymore! Having the videos available to refer back to during the year will be a great resource for me as well. I think these courses were a great investment for me as a coach and I would highly recommend the classes to others!

-Like every other human being, we always have a second thought when it comes to a decision. To be honest, after taking part in the sessions online, it was really worth it. This class packs a punch; Mr. Gillespey thoroughly answers questions and takes the time teaching some valuable tricks. Unlike some online discussions, where one may feel isolated, as the only companion may be his or her own computer, Mr. Gillespey’s class brings liveliness into the “air”. His good-natured humor and the immense amount of patience he has makes him extremely entertaining as a teacher, winning the majority of us with his likable personality. Not only does he actually have the passion to teach students, but it actually makes me wish that I had a better math team teacher. Mr. Gillespey engages students in learning new skills with new materials, turning classes into an experience that, like I said, is worth it.

-I am a math coach still learning the ropes of TMSCA and all that it involves. I took the Number Sense Level 1 and 2 courses, as well as the General Math course to gain a better understanding of what my students need to be successful. Anthony took extra time with me being a coach to make sure that my questions were answered. He gave personal tips that he uses with his team that you won’t learn anywhere else. I highly recommend taking these classes if you want to take your team to the next level. I’m excited to implement what I learned in the upcoming school year.

Thank you Anthony for taking the time out of your summer to provide these great learning opportunities.

-This was a great experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you so much for all of the information you shared. I can’t wait to get back to my team and share with them the different strategies I learned from your course.

-Classes were great I learned many new things and tricks that will help me get better and faster. THANK YOU!

Class Schedule

Class Schedule

Class Date Time Cost
Number Sense Level 1 June 8 to June 12 9am to 10:30 am $125.00 per class

Sign up for 3 or more classes and save $25.00 per class after the first two.

Number Sense Level 2 June 15 to June 19 9am to 10:30 am
Calculator Application Level 1 June 8 to June 12 11:00 am to 12:30pm
Calculator Application Level 2 June 15 to June 19 11:00 am to 12:30pm
General Math All Levels June 22 to June 26 9:00 am to 10:30 am
MATHCOUNTS All Levels June 22 to June 26 11:00 am to 12:30pm

If you enroll in 3 or more classes there is a $25.00 discount per class after the first two  (once I verify you are in multiple classes I will refund the difference.)  

Class Descriptions

Number Sense Level 1

Who:  For 5th and 6th grader or those new to Number Sense.   If you are scoring below a 150 on Number Sense tests this is the class for you.

What :   Basic number sense tricks  ( typically the first two columns of the test) , along with test taking strategies,  and rules of the test.   This is a great overview for new coaches.

Materials Needed:  None, although purchasing my book Number Sense Workbook and Video Series is encouraged.

Number Sense Level 2

Who: For returning 6th, 7th, and 8th graders scoring above 100 on Number Sense tests or any students that has previously enrolled the Number Sense Level 1.

What:  Advanced Number Sense Tricks (typically the last two columns) and advance forms of the basic tricks.    It will be assumed that you know the foundations of Number Sense in this class.  This is a great class for Coaches that would like to help their team get more competitive.

Materials Needed:  None, although purchasing my book Number Sense Workbook and Video Series is encouraged.

Calculator Application Level 1

Who:  Any student new to Calculator Application Tests or those not familiar with a HP 35S calculator.  This is a great overview for new coaches to the contest.

What:  The basics of the HP 35s calculator, learning correct key presses for ALL number problems on the test, the rules, and test taking strategies.  The basic word problems and formulas on the test will also be taught.

Materials Needed :  Purchase a HP 35s Calculator

Calculator Application Level 2

Who:  Students that are already familiar with the HP 35s calculator or any student that has previously enrolled in Calculator  Level 1 class.

What:  A thorough overview of the Word problems and picture problems on TMSCA Calculator Tests.  Along with tips and tricks to increase your speed.

Materials Needed:  Purchase a HP 35s Calculator.  It is also highly encouraged to purchase a TI Nspire calculator.

General Math All Levels

Who:  Anyone with basic understanding of Algebra and Geometry

Materials Needed :  None

MathCounts All Levels

Who:  Anyone with basic understanding of Algebra and Geometry

What:  The Focus of the class will be on most important skills you need in order to become successful in MathCounts.  We will cover Combinations, Permutations,  Counting Principals,   Number Theory,  Advanced Geometry, and Advanced Algebra.

Materials Needed :  None, although you are encourage to purchase Competition Math for Middle Schools (purchase on Amazon)

Advanced Number Sense Workbook Volume 2 is now for sale!!!!

Well everyone its been many years in the making but the new Number Sense book is now for presale.

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If you would like to purchase multiple books please email me at

Here is a quick excerpt of the table of contents for the book. This book was written specifically for all the new tricks we have seen on the TMSCA test in the last 4 years. I guarantee you will find many tricks that you haven’t seen before.

Flour Bluff Hornets 33 year in a row TMSCA State Champion

Congratulations to my amazing team at Flour Bluff.  You all have an immense amount of pressure on you each year to keep our win streak alive.  We know how hard you guys worked and it showed at state.  You guys winning nearly 40% of all the top 10’s in 7th and 8th grade math events and every member of the math team placing in the top 15 in Calculator was awesome.   I couldn’t be prouder of you all.  Way to go Hornets!!!5A_team_ms 5a_8th_ms 5a_7th_ms 5a_6th_ms


Congratulations Flour Bluff Hornets Math/Science Team TMSCA State Champion for 32 years in a ROW!!

I wanted to thank my Flour Bluff Hornets math/science team for the great job they did this year.  Without a doubt you are one of the hardest working group of students in the state and it shows with your amazing results at the state championship.  We all know how hard I push you and my expectations for you are through the ceiling.  Thanks for coming to all the practices and working so hard for so long to do what you do each and every year.

Thanks again Hornets your the best!!!

Anthony Gillespey





Nov 19

Direct Inverse and Joint Variations


Direct and Inverse VariationsJoint Variation

Sep 17


Heres a quick lesson on SOH CAH TOA

Sep 03

Over Night Trip Form

Parent please note your child can not go on any trips with the team this year without this form turned in.  It must be Notarized by a notary public.  The school will notarize free of charge at the Junior High front office.

Overnight trip permission form 2013 2014

Aug 27

Random Drug Testing Information

As many of you already know this year the district is requiring all students who participate in any extra curricular activities to submit to a random drug test.  The details of which can be found on the district website .

In order for your child to participate in any afterschool activities (math team practice)  they must first do two things.  1)  Fill out the consent to test form and return to me (I gave these out already) and 2) Hear a presentation on the drug testing program ( I will do this in class).  Please get the forms in ASAP so that your child doesn’t miss a day of practice.   Here is a copy of the form if needed.

  Random Drug Testing Consent Forms

Aug 20

Parent Information Meeting Flour Bluff Academic Team

When:  Tuesday September 3rd 5:30pm

Where:  Flour Bluff Junior High Library

Who:  All returning Academic Team member,  New Team members, or anyone wanting more information.

Why:  We will discuss why the Academic team is such a valuable resources in the Junior High Year.  Give information about what we do along with the travel schedule, and requirments to be on the team.  I would like all parents to please make the time to attend this meeting.  We will be filling out paper work along with answer any and all quesitons you may have.

Aug 17

Stepping Out of the Shade

The greatest lesson I ever learned as a teacher happened to me even before I started teaching.  It all started in 1990 with a bench, some shade, and a lazy teacher.  I was in college beginning my degree in engineering when I stumbled across a job at a local day care.  I soon realized that I enjoyed being around kids and that engineering was not the right profession for me.  Within one semester, I switched my major to education and never looked back.  I started out my job with a  pretty unruly bunch of kids.  As the weeks went by I started to clean up a lot of the behavior and things were going great.  The students I was in charge of were normal kids, but I noticed as the months went by that they were slowly getting into more and more trouble fighting, throwing rocks, and causing mayhem. One day I was sitting on a bench on the shade pondering why they were starting to behave so poorly, and then it hit me.  I was sitting comfortably on a bench in the shade, doing the job that was expected of me, but nothing more.  You see it was hot out on the playground but that was where the kids were.  I realized that I had started cutting corners as their teacher.  What I needed to do if I expected their behavior to change was to leave the shade, step out into the sun, and choose to do what was best for the kids not what was easiest for me.

Unfortunately my early years in school included a long line of teachers who were doing their jobs by sitting in the shade.  To be fair I wasn’t exactly the model student.  I struggled.  I was in sixth grade before I learned long division and junior high before I learned my multiplication tables.  On the outside, I looked like just another struggling student—one more student that would “fall through the cracks.”  I was socially awkward, talked with a lisp, and did the bare minimum.  By junior high, the problems I had spiraled out of control.  By the end of my seventh-grade year, I had a cumulative grade point average of 13 and was informed that I would be attending summer school.  No one called home, had a conference with me or my parents, or asked why I was struggling so much.  The sad truth was that no one stepped out of the shade. .

Despite all negative experiences I had in grade school I made the choice early in my teaching career that sitting in the shade would never be an option for me.  I needed to ask myself daily, “Why am I doing what I am doing?  Am I doing what is easy for me or what is best for my students?”  Not only did I need to teach math well, but my students needed to know without a doubt that I cared about them and that I believed that they could be and do more than they ever thought.  Just doing my job was not enough.

My challenge to each of you as educators is to periodically ask yourself where am I?  Am I sitting in the shade doing what is expected or am out in the sun trying to reach kids. Take an honest look at yourself at least once a week.  It is so easy (it has happened to me countless times)  to start doing things the easy way instead of the best way.  If you can stay out in the sun and really do what is best for kids amazing things can happen.  So this year my challenge to you is to step out of the shade get a sun tan, heck maybe even a sun burn and watch amazing things happen.


Aug 16

My Philsophy of Teaching

Excerpt taken from an essay I wrote:    

If a surgeon performs a surgery and doesn’t make a single mistake–and the patient still dies–the surgeon does not pat himself on the back and consider it a successful surgery.  Likewise, if I do everything I know to do in my efforts to reach a child yet fail to change that child in a positive way, then “the surgery” was not successful.  A child’s failure is my failure.  I have to be willing and able to continue to try things with a student until I find what it will takes to change that student.  In education, there are certain things that every teacher is required to do:  teach the lesson, cover the standards, call parents for failures, and be professional.  Teaching is not a bunch of boxes that need to be checked off.  Doing the bare minimum does not reach children.  There have been many children over the years I did not reach.  I tried everything I could with them, but I did not pat myself on the back and say “Good job for trying.”  Trying is not succeeding, so I consider that child a failure on my part.

Being a natural-born athlete, sports have always come easily to me.  I was usually the star of the team.  Then one day I took up golf.  It only took a few rounds for me to realize that I hated it, not because it wasn’t any fun but because I was horrible at it.  People do not enjoy doing things they don’t do well.  If I can teach my students to be good at math, then they will like it.  If they learn to like it, then they will spend more time doing it and will ultimately get better.  When a child says, “I hate school,” he is not really saying he hates school. What he is saying is “I hate failure.”  Why does a first grader love school, but in junior high the same student hates it?  I believe this is based on past successes and failures.  When a child begins a new school year, he opens the window of his heart to the teacher and says, “I am going to give you a chance because I believe I can learn.”  Some students barely crack the window while some fling it wide open, each based on his/her past experiences in school.  The art of teaching is finding a way to keep the window open.  I believe this is done by building lots of small successes each day for every child. This not only keeps the window open, but it opens it even wider.  Success breeds success.  If I can somehow make children believe that they are good at whatever I am teaching them, then they will want to learn and will enjoy doing it.  Any child who cannot be reached is a child who is saying “I don’t trust that you can change me.”

My goal each school year is to make sure all of my students are successful.  I will do whatever it takes to make sure they have high grades early on.   If a student misses a question, I don’t say it’s wrong. I say, “You were so close; if not for that one mistake.” Then we correct it.  I teach to mastery, working one-on-one with each student until all are successful. Slowly I begin to see the culture of my classroom change.  Students no longer complain when asked to do math; actually, they are happy to do it because they understand.  That is the art of teaching.

An amazing thing happens each year around Christmas.  I offer to sit down and work with anyone struggling, but no one needs help, because they all get it.  How does this happen?  I have come to realize it’s a million “little things.”  Being consistent with classroom rules and not allowing for excuses about homework, laziness, or disruptive behavior, I am not only creating an environment conducive to learning but also communicating to students that I believe in them.   I make it my goal to know about each child I teach.  The simple gesture of greeting them at the door, shaking their hands, and asking the simple but important question, “How are you doing today?” goes a long way in establishing trust with students.



Aug 15

Protected: Worksheets Unit 1

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Aug 09

Algebra Unit 10-1

10-1 Graphing Y= X²+Bx+C

10-1 Graphing Quadratics without B

Aug 06

Algebra Unit 9-1

9-1 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

9-1 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

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