Reflection: Student Self-Assessment Performance Task - Representing Polynomials - Section 4: Review Responses to Pre-Test


When used effectively, a pre-test can be just as informative to the students as it is to me. The opening exercise in this section asks students to assess their own knowledge of transformations on polynomials. At this point, they should have a solid understanding of polynomial roots, end behaviors, and intercepts. They should also have had some past experiences with transformations, so even if they don’t ‘know’ the answers to these pre-test questions, they should have enough knowledge to make reasonable and even accurate conjectures.

After spending a class period learning, exploring, and verifying their conjectures (or disproving, in some cases), it is very useful for the students to go back and confirm “Yes, I knew that was right,” or “Oh yeah, now this makes sense. I can fix it.” This opportunity for immediate self-reflection is highly effective with students.

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Performance Task - Representing Polynomials

Unit 4: Polynomial Theorems and Graphs
Lesson 13 of 15

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate the ability to translate between algebraic and graphical representations of polynomials and graph transformations of polynomial functions.

Big Idea: The graphs of polynomial functions can be transformed by altering the algebraic form in specific ways. These transformations have the same effect on all the function types studied in Algebra 2 and Precalculus.

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