## New Factor Pair Spoons Game

The Factor Pair Spoons Game is a new game that was inspired by participants in the Professional Development Series that I'm conducting every month this semester at my college.  Last month's topic was 'Playing Games to Learn Math' and I asked the participants to come up with a game for a topic that they felt was a difficult topic for students.  This game is a variation on what they came up with.  The spoons game was one of their suggestions, but they ended up turning it into more of a rummy-style game because they thought that the spoons might become too chaotic for some students in the classroom. Factor Pair Spoons Game...

## FOIL is for BAKED CHICKEN

Here is why I believe that the FOIL method for multiplying two binomial expressions should NOT be used: The underlying premise of the FOIL method is that students must first be able to identify a binomial.  However, most instructors do not seem to stress enough that the FOIL method can only be used to multiply two binomials.   We can only speculate on the reason for why they might not do this – Maybe they only teach multiplying binomials so they do not need to make any distinction or maybe whey wrongly assume that students will be able to identify a binomial.  However, in my opinion, if a student cannot identify a binomial, then they should not even be using the FOIL method. Either way, what worries me the most is that fact that a student will get to a problem that involves multiplying expressions that are not binomials and will not know what to do.  If I...

## “Factor Gate” Activity

This problem came up in my Intermediate Algebra class today and one of my students said that we should call it "Factor Gate" since even though all of the students have correct work, they all ended up with a "different" answer. Factor Gate...

## What the Factor! — New Factoring Game!

See the video for a brief explanation from me of everything that is in the file.  If you use this game, I would love to have your feedback.  Thanks! What the Factor...

## More Videos

I first heard about these two videos from this Tech the Pluge post, but what isn't mentioned there is that there are more videos that can be found. Additional Videos: Getting Triggy Wit It and Teach Me How To Factor Additional Videos:  Facebook for Math Nerds, Glee for Math Nerds, The Tonsil Hockey Team ...

## Factoring widget using Wolfram|Alpha

Here is my first ever Wolfram|Alpha widget.  I'm not sure how useful it will be, but here it is anyway. http://developer.wolframalpha.com/widgets/gallery/view.jsp?id=15c33a5faaac529... ...

## New Activity for Prime Polynomials

This is what I am going to use with my Beginning Algebra students to reinforce the idea of prime polynomials.  The majority of the polynomials are prime. Prime Mania...