This blog has served as a place to reflect and analyze on my journey to flipped learning in my high school math classes from 2011-2014.
While I have transitioned to a role as a Digital Learning Coach, this blog still hosts my reflections from 3 years of flipping as well as thoughts from my new journey as a coach and support to teachers in their journey of effectively integrating technology into their curriculum.
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This is my first attempt at an inquiry lesson in Algebra 1 for the concept of factoring trinomials using the method of grouping. Instead of just giving the students the rules, I want them to have to think about what will work, why it works, and how you know it works. [Click here for resources]
I got this idea for the inquiry factoring "lesson" from someone...either on twitter or a blog. And I can’t for the life of me remember WHO! So, please, if it was you, let me know so I can give you credit :)
I am always looking for ways to involve inquiry in my math class - that has been a big area of focus in my second year of flipping my classroom. So, here is the first one I’ve created for Algebra 1!
Usually we just teach factoring as a protocol, a method, something to memorize. Why not have our students figure it out themselves? (With some guidance, of course...)
I use the grouping method to teach factoring, so here is an activity that sets up the idea of grouping (trinomial → polynomial) but has the students figure out which numbers work and then why.
Please let me know what you think. (This is my first draft and I just started working on it today, so there is room for improvement!)
Is there anything that is unclear? (Especially the questions...)
Is there something that you suggest be tweaked?
Do you have any activities like this for your classes? (I teach Algebra 1 and Pre-Cal)