Reflection: Transitions Factoring (Day 2 of 3) - Section 2: Investigation


In the investigation part of my lesson, I made sure to give very explicit directions to the students BEFORE I provided them with the materials. From a behavior management standpoint, I find that it’s easier to prepare the students for what is coming and what is expected with the materials before they have them in hand so that they do not become distracted. After I have given the instructions clearly, I clarify with several students what they are about to receive and how it is going to be used. It’s important to have checks for understanding built in before releasing them into an activity, especially with partners or groups, because they have a tendency to become more sociable and playful during this time.

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Factoring (Day 2 of 3)

Unit 8: Polynomials
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT factor trinomial expressions.

Big Idea: Students will investigate the relationship between the factors of a trinomial expression and its visual representation through the use Algebra Tiles.

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