Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Uses of Polynomial Division- The Factor and Remainder Theorems - Section 1: Warm Up and Homework Review


There is definite power in having students write their own steps or procedures for a skill in algebra.  This is one big shift that I have pushed a lot this year.  Rather than telling a student how to do a skill, we develop it conceptually, practice it using guided practice, and then I have the students write their own summaries in their notes.  Today’s warm up uses this idea to check on their understanding of dividing a polynomial through synthetic division.  Here are several samples from my class; Warm Up 1, Warm Up 2, and Warm Up 3.  I really like how the responses can vary so greatly and it is easy to diagnose conceptual issues from an exercise like this.   

  Writing Across the Disciplines: The Power Of Making Students Write The Procedure
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Uses of Polynomial Division- The Factor and Remainder Theorems

Unit 6: Polynomial Functions
Lesson 3 of 15

Objective: Students will be able to use the remainder and factor theorems to find the factors of polynomials and to solve polynomial equations.

Big Idea: Show students why polynomial division is useful in the lesson.

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Math, factor theorem, Algebra, Algebra 2, master teacher project, Remainder Theorem
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