Reflection: Student Ownership Polynomial Review Day 2 - Section 1: Warm Up and Homework Review


One major goal I have for Algebra 2 students by the end of the year is to take responsibility for their own learning.  The next courses they will take require this skill for success and it is lacking in many students at the beginning of Algebra 2.  Reviews are a time I particularly focus on this skill.  Factoring is a major portion of this unit. Mastery is fundamental for the manipulation of many expressions and equations later this year.  This warm up is a direct check on a student’s ability in this area.  My goal was to receive responses like Student Work 2 that show that students can manipulate an expression to put it into a factorable form (Math Practice 7).  I did receive several examples, like Student Work 1, that missed this point.  As we talked about the problem, I let the students know that this is a check for each of them.  If they didn’t get a correct answer, this is obviously a skill that needs to be worked on.  I also provided practice worksheets and internet resources, like Khan Academy, that will help them move towards mastery.  Frankly, personal responsibility is one of the most difficult academic habits to engender in students but modeling this and providing training can go a long way.

  Student Ownership: Mastery and Flexibility in Skill
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Polynomial Review Day 2

Unit 3: Polynomials
Lesson 14 of 15

Objective: Students will review operations with polynomials as well as factoring and solving polynomial equations.

Big Idea: Students create a personal study plan as they review operations with and factoring polynomials.

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