Monday, December 23, 2013

Favorite comments of '13, cont: Auntie Ann

On Math problems of the week: polynomial division in UCMP vs. Wentworth's Algebra



Auntie Ann said...

I've been working through this section of the book the last couple of days, and it certainly teaches a number of important skills. It drives home working with exponents, keeping track of negatives, and is great practice for multiplying and distributing polynomials. Some things simply need to be practiced extensively to get them to sink in. This allows a student to practice multiple skills to mastery.

It's also fun; you have complicated problems that appear to be really hard, then you crank through them an get the right answer. I think teachers too often forget that working through difficult problems, and then proving you have the right answer is actually enjoyable. They see it too often as drudgery, instead of as accomplishment and achievement.

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