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Overall, I was relatively pleased with my students’ performance on this test. Much of the test required the students to demonstrate their master of the skills surrounding polynomials. I have decided to highlight several of the more interesting questions here. While simple, I found that many students still struggle a bit with portions of the area problem. My hope was to receive submissions like 1 or 2. Many students got the area model down but couldn't use it to answer questions. This doesn’t surprise me as many are still struggling with our Common Core transition to heavily modeling. We will keep at it and my hope is that they are more confident by the end of the year. Sometimes repetition is the key.

I was very pleased with the answers I received on the identity problem. This was my students’ first introduction to the concept of identities and overall they did really well. The one place some got stuck was separating identities from equations as seen in 1 and 2. I plan on continuing to use this vocabulary and asking students to point out identities through the remainder of the year and this should catch those students who are still struggling right now.

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# Polynomial Test

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## Objective: Students will be able to show what they know about polynomials.

## Big Idea: This summative assessment tests students on their knowledge of performing operations and modeling with polynomials.

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#### Polynomial Test

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I always make two versions of a test and pass them out checkerboard style. I ask students to show work on tests or quizzes.

My students did a lot of these problems graphically during the unit and I will accept this as an acceptable method for finding the solutions to problems on this test. That means that some of these problems may be light on work. I do warn the students that this may be a detriment to them as I give partial credit when work is present. I also tell them that the best choice is to solve or simplify each problem algebraically and check their work graphically.

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I offer a variety of Extra Credit puzzle for students who finish early and have no make up work to complete. This includes, but is not limited to; sudoku, mathdoku, logic problems, picture mazes, and pixel puzzles. A couple of my favorites are: Griddlers and Conceptis puzzles

Both sites offer a number of free puzzles as well as purchasable books. Pixel Puzzles are a particular favorite. The Mathdoku are also great. They can increase a student's numeracy abilities if done regularly.

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- UNIT 1: Modeling with Expressions and Equations
- UNIT 2: Modeling with Functions
- UNIT 3: Polynomials
- UNIT 4: Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations
- UNIT 5: Radical Functions and Equations
- UNIT 6: Polynomial Functions
- UNIT 7: Rational Functions
- UNIT 8: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
- UNIT 9: Trigonometric Functions
- UNIT 10: Modeling Data with Statistics and Probability
- UNIT 11: Semester 1 Review
- UNIT 12: Semester 2 Review

- LESSON 1: Laws of Exponents
- LESSON 2: Sorting Polynomial Equations and Identities
- LESSON 3: Operations with Polynomials Day 1 of 2
- LESSON 4: Operations with Polynomials Day 2 of 2
- LESSON 5: Products of Polynomial Functions
- LESSON 6: Factoring GCF and Grouping
- LESSON 7: Factoring Trinomials
- LESSON 8: Special Factoring Situations
- LESSON 9: Polynomial Quiz and Factoring Puzzle
- LESSON 10: Factoring Completely
- LESSON 11: Modeling Equations and Functions with Factoring
- LESSON 12: Polynomial Inequalities
- LESSON 13: Polynomial Review Day 1
- LESSON 14: Polynomial Review Day 2
- LESSON 15: Polynomial Test