## Reflection: Flexibility Multiplying Higher Degree Polynomials - Section 3: Practice 1

Whenever possible, I like to incorporate segments like this one where students have the opportunity to work with two different representations and show that the solution is the same.  When students used the area model to multiply these polynomials it helped keep their work much more organized.  However, they could also see how the distributive property and the area model were really accomplishing the same thing.  The students were not completely thrilled about having to do each questions twice but they trusted me enough to know that I was showing them each way for a reason.  Moving forward, I would like the students to choose the representation that works best for them.

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# Multiplying Higher Degree Polynomials

Unit 4: Polynomial Expressions
Lesson 7 of 18

## Big Idea: When multiplying polynomials, an area model can make an abstract concept more concrete.

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### James Bialasik

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