Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Quotients of Monomials - Section 2: Rational Numbers


I have introduced the idea of a quick write into my classroom this year.   I have been very pleased at its overall effectiveness. I asked my student to write for two minutes without stopping and describe everything they could remember about exponents.  I request that they continue to write even if they run out of things to say.  Since this is one of the first times my students have done this activity with me this year,  I got varied results, but most wrote for the entire two minutes.   While the information varied from paper to paper, we were able to compile a complete list as a class.  Here are several samples taken from student papers (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5).  The fifth sample is my favorite.   Overall, I feel like this was an excellent way to access prior knowledge and I am going to find ways to incorporate a quick write into other places in my curriculum.

  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Exponent Brain Dump
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Quotients of Monomials

Unit 7: Rational Functions
Lesson 1 of 15

Objective: Students will be able simplify quotients of monomials.

Big Idea: Investigate the concepts behind, as well as the numerical limitations of, the simplest form of a rational expression.

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Math, laws of exponents (algebraic expressions), Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, master teacher project, Quotients of monomials
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