Intro to Factoring Prezi
This week we started factoring in Algebra 2. My students really seemed to enjoy this introduction to factoring Prezi. It helped that I had just learned how to use my iphone as a clicker so that I could walk around the room advancing to the next slide while standing anywhere. I felt super cool being able to do this, by the way:) And I was able to keep everyone on task and engaged not being glued to my computer.
I gave my students a simple answer sheet where they recorded each problem, their work and their final factored forms. Every one of the 10 factoring problems had positive B and C. Later in the week I introduced negatives but this Intro Prezi was as much for practice as it was for building factoring confidence. By spending a little extra time on positive B and C trinomials my students seemed to feel more confident when I threw negatives into the mix. You can view the 10 question zooming Prezi that I used in class here.
After the Prezi we got right into our simplified factoring notes. My students did really well this year with this tough topic when it was broken down day by day.
Here is the way we learned how to factor:
Day 1: The intro Prezi
Day 2: Trinomials with positive B and positive C
Day 3: Trinomials with negative B and positive C
Day 4: Trinomials with negative C
Day 5: Binomials and Trinomials with GCFs
Day 6: Differences of squares with and without GFCs
By breaking it down into 6 days my students never got overwhelmed and none gave up (like they have in previous years). I was really impressed this year by the effort they put in and their ability to pick up this tough topic!
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