### Completing the Square

I made some final tweaks to Completing the Square in Algebra 2, and I find it just amazing the difference between this year and previous years, in that so much more often now, I just know what to do. It doesn't feel like I changed all that much, but the kids just get it. I don't think it's a difference in delivery or anything. Here are the important bits. First, I took two days instead of one. Go to hell, pacing calendar. The first day is just to see the pattern and get the idea with easy…

### Completing the Square

I made some final tweaks to Completing the Square in Algebra 2, and I find it just amazing the difference between this year and previous years, in that so much more often now, I just know what to do. It doesn't feel like I changed all that much, but the kids just get it. I don't think it's a difference in delivery or anything. Here are the important bits. First, I took two days instead of one. Go to hell, pacing calendar. The first day is just to see the pattern and get the idea with easy…

### Completing the Literal Square

An interesting post comparing polynomial division methods on the More Than a Geek blog reminded me of my own experience teaching completing the sqaure. There were times in my career where I absolu…

### Completing the Square

I made some final tweaks to Completing the Square in Algebra 2, and I find it just amazing the difference between this year and previous years, in that so much more often now, I just know what to do. It doesn't feel like I changed all that much, but the kids just get it. I don't think it's a difference in delivery or anything. Here are the important bits. First, I took two days instead of one. Go to hell, pacing calendar. The first day is just to see the pattern and get the idea with easy…

### Completing the Square

Yesterday I ahem-ed and winked to my Algebra II class about them needing to know how to complete the square for class today. Teaching this topic last year was a nightmare. A total trainwreck. Stude…

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### Completing the Square with Algebra Tiles

There seems to be some interest in how to use algebra tiles in the MTBoS so I thought I would attempt a blog post. I apologize now if I confuse anyone - I don't claim to be an expert, but I do find they help kids make connections. For years I avoided algebra tiles. It didn't help that one of my previous colleagues told the story of how one of her students managed to choke on a tile! Thankfully, none of my students have done that. Our tiles are red and blue so they all feel the need to look…

### Completing the Square Smart Notebook Activity

Alberta Curriculum: 20-1 Relations and Functions This lesson addresses the process for "Completing the Square" in order to address the following outcome: *Analyze quadratic functions of the form y=ax^2+bx+c to identify characteristics of the corresponding graph, including vertex, domain and rang...