Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Rational Rewriting - Section 3: Wrap it Up


I included a picture of this year's "rational rules" on my whiteboard.  Maybe in a few years into  Common Core transition my students won't need this lesson, but until then I find it helps students build their own understanding of how and when to take certain mathematical actions.  Today as we were posting and organizing these rules on the board,  one student ask me why they'd never been shown these before.  I reminded him that all the rules we were using were ones they'd all used for years, but he persisted saying, "Maybe so, but nobody ever put them together so I could see when to use what!"  A few other students added similar comments and I acknowledged that we math teachers sometimes fall short in helping our students make good connections.  I then asked them to be pro-active in calling me on it whenever I gave them a rule or procedure without explaining the where, what, why of using it. 

  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Student Understanding
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Rational Rewriting

Unit 3: Algebraic Structure
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: SWBAT use the structure of a rational expression to rewrite the expression

Big Idea: This target game will help your students learn to rewrite rational expressions.

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