Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Multiplying Polynomials - Part I - Section 3: Guided Notes + Practice


One of the things that should be noted here is for the teacher not to get caught saying the “FOIL” too often because students who are somewhat familiar with the term but don’t fully grasp the method get caught up in the name itself versus the mathematical understanding. This can cause much greater problems as we delve into problems and scenarios that exceed the basic two by two FOIL method under which our students are taught about the distributive property most commonly. Not associating the process with the names helps prevent students from wanting four steps to solve all of them problems as well, which, once we get into deeper math and longer problems, will, of course, not always be the case for them.

  FOIL vs. Distributive Property
  Adjustments to Practice: FOIL vs. Distributive Property
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Multiplying Polynomials - Part I

Unit 8: Polynomials
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT multiply two binomial expression together using the FOIL method.

Big Idea: Students will develop an understanding of what it means to multiply polynomial expressions through the use of Algebra Tiles.

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