For those of you that have no idea of what I'm talking about, here is the throwback to the Marcia, Marcia, Marcia episode!
But I digress....
So we have introduced factoring polynomials this week. Fun times, right?
I have come to realize that one of the key pieces of knowing how to factor polynomials is to know how to factor. And my kids struggle tremendously with their times tables. (I did not go the route of allowing them a times table chart in their notebooks this year but may consider it next year!)
So today I stumbled upon a somewhat fun what to prove my point that they didn't know factors or times tables at Middle School Math Moments blog. She has come up with the Factor Game, which she details on her site and we used it today in a coupe of classes. We played Ya'll (the class) versus Me, which was interesting and I was told rigged, etc. etc. etc.
But one of my classes after a near miss of 409 to 410 in the picture below they finally beat me on the next round! It was fun to engage with some of them in this manner!