Reflection: Unit Planning Simplifying Exponential Expressions, Day 1 - Section 2: Simplifying Exponents


This problem set looks like old-fashioned skills practice, and in a way it is.  The goal of the CCSS is to develop the students' mathematical knowledge, skill, and understanding.  In the past, skills have been over-emphasized at the expense of the other two, but we can't throw the baby out with the bathwater.  As is stated in the introduction to the CCSSM, "Mathematical understanding and procedural skill are equally important."

Students must develop the necessary skills alongside the knowledge and understanding.  These problems are intended to help students develop these skills through focused practice so that the simplification procedures with become engrained.  Ultimately, the goal is to develop a well-worn mental path connecting 

with their prior knowledge of exponents and radicals.

  Old-Fashioned Practice
  Unit Planning: Old-Fashioned Practice
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Simplifying Exponential Expressions, Day 1

Unit 6: Exponents & Logarithms
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: SWBAT simplify algebraic and numeric expressions involving rational exponents.

Big Idea: Students persevere in solving problems as they use their knowledge of the properties of exponents to simplify expressions involving rational exponents.

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Math, Exponents and Exponential Functions, roots (Algebra), Algebra 2, master teacher project, radicals
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