Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Prove It - Section 3: Wrap it Up


The best part of this lesson was seeing all the creative ways my students set up their proofs and the second best part was listening to their comments as they selected and marked their favorites.  I particularly recall a student debating with a classmate about whether and elegant proof was better than a simple one.  The argument centered around the idea that simple was better for people to understand but elegant was just more interesting.  What I enjoyed most about the discussion was that these students were even talking about proofs at all and that they weren't complaining about how hard and/or boring they were.  This makes me think that my strategy of posters and stickers may have worked to help my students see proofs in a new light.

  Intrinsic Motivation: Proofs
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Prove It

Unit 2: Algebraic Arithmetic
Lesson 6 of 11

Objective: SWBAT prove polynomial identities.

Big Idea: Show your students that they really can "prove it" with this lesson on polynomial identities.

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Math, algebraic expression, Algebra, polynomial, Expressions (Algebra), algebraic methods, Algebra II, master teacher project, 11th Grade
  55 minutes
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