Overcoming Obstacles in Factoring

What do you do when factoring doesn't work? Learners complete the square when faced with quadratic expression that don't factor traditionally. They then use factoring by grouping to solve polynomial equations.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use a graphic organizer to record the different methods of solving polynomial equations
Classroom Considerations

  • Builds directly from the previous lesson in a 42-part series
  • Consider extending this to a two-day lesson to allow time to develop the concepts
Pros

  • Uses a discovery approach to determine the new methods of solving
  • Provides suggestions for scaffolding and questioning throughout the lesson
Cons

  • None