Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Simplifying Exponential Expressions, Day 1 - Section 1: Sprints!


It really isn't necessary to collect all of the sprints right away.  During and immediately after the sprint, I can usually get a pretty good sense of how well each student is doing.  If I only collect them every other day, that's usually enough for the students to know they're being held accountable in some sense.

I constantly reiterate that the practice is designed to make the their lives easier.  Just as it is easier to divide 272 by 8 if you can recall the multiples of 8, so it will be easier to make sense of 16^1.25 if you can recall the powers of 2.  Trying to beat the clock, improve their personal best, and make their mathematical lives easier are the things that motivate my students.

  Getting the Most out of Sprints
  Intrinsic Motivation: Getting the Most out of Sprints
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Simplifying Exponential Expressions, Day 1

Unit 6: Exponents & Logarithms
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: SWBAT simplify algebraic and numeric expressions involving rational exponents.

Big Idea: Students persevere in solving problems as they use their knowledge of the properties of exponents to simplify expressions involving rational exponents.

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Math, Exponents and Exponential Functions, roots (Algebra), Algebra 2, master teacher project, radicals
  45 minutes
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