Factor Frustration….

Not QUITE the same as “fraction frustration” but it’s close…for a completely different reason.  Though somewhat related, I’m sure.  So it’s sort of a new topic — factoring quadratics.  Fine, not everyone gets it right away.  I’m down with that, it’s not an easy thing to wrap your head around for the first time.  But there’s one thing I guarantee — if you don’t TRY to wrap your head around it, it won’t get any easier.  Quick question for you, in that case — I had a student who, pretty much all year, has just interrupted me non-stop with comments of “I don’t get it” or something like that while I’m trying to explain to him HOW to get it, but he just won’t be quiet and listen to me for 30 seconds while I explain it.

Today, while I was going over a method, it happened again.  So I ignored him, until he put his hand up.  Then I called on him, and right after he started talking I started teaching.  He got angry.  I said, “sorry, go ahead,” and did the same thing.  He was getting more frustrated.  Finally I said, “see, it’s pretty annoying when you’re trying to talk and I keep interrupting, isn’t it?”  We’ll see how it goes in the future, but he was at least paying attention for the day today…

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About Mr. T

Well, I'm interested in math. Teaching it, learning it, describing it, living it. Creating it. Most importantly (to me) is helping others appreciate it as much as I do.
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