# Factoring Part 1: GCF

I won't lie... Quarter 3 completely got away from me.  My last post was almost 4 months ago and Quarter 4 starts tomorrow!  But better late than never, right? Tomorrow I will begin factoring out the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) with my ESOL Algebra Part 1 kids.  (You're probably thinking... what?!  Is she crazy?!)  So … Continue reading Factoring Part 1: GCF

# Simplifying Radicals *with factor ladders*

Are the rest of you feeling the end of the semester like I am?  It's so close!  All this grading has given me a chance to think about my next topic... and I could write about a million different things... But I think I want to continue with simplifying radicals, the natural segue from my … Continue reading Simplifying Radicals *with factor ladders*

# Prime Factors *with cakes and ladders*

Prime factorization with factor trees (actually, using factor trees in general), in my opinion and experience, is the WORST!  Organized kids can usually keep track of what they need to, but many struggling students lose "branches" of their trees and forget that they still need to factor composite numbers like 6.  If a kid learned … Continue reading Prime Factors *with cakes and ladders*