Almost every year I spend a significant amount of time thinking about the order in which I teach Quadratics in my Algebra 1 class. I break down the topic of quadratics into 3 specific topics/standards: 1) Multiplying/Factoring 2) Graphing 3) Solving Quadratic Equations. The order in which I listed them above is also the order in which I presented them this year, but in past years I have started with graphing and then hopped back and for between the other two. Last night, while I was laying in bed not being able to fall asleep, I found myself debating this topic to myself.
As I have mentioned before, I teach in a K-8 district and I am the only Algebra 1 teacher. This make the idea of discussing it with another teacher sort of a challenge. In the past year or so I have realized that social media is an integral part of how I develop as a teacher. Thus I am throwing this out to any reader to comment back to me with your ideas, share it will your colleagues, and give me some much needed insight!
Last year I had the honor of being chosen as a Desmos Fellow, which BTW is accepting applications for its 2nd Cohort, and I have posed the same question to them. I have always been of the philosophy that the best teachers use other teachers as resources….so that is why I am reaching out to you.
Thanks in advance!!!